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Enschede, the Netherlands and Germany

Enschede - A lively student city

Enschede is located in the east part of the Netherlands and on the German border! With over 160,000 inhabitants, Enschede is the biggest city in this part of the country. A city with in total 30,000 students enrolled at one of the three higher education institutions: Saxion University of Applied Sciences, the Academy of Art & Design, or the University of Twente. In the city centre you will find the main square Van Heekplein, where you can find all the shops you need. On every Tuesday and Saturday the open market of the city is located there, where you can buy fresh vegetables and fish! Places for good coffee, a nice lunch or some drinks in the evening are located at the Oude Markt, this is also the hotspot for students at night. Enschede is in general a cozy, quiet and safe city to live in with access to the countryside and many green areas. The city attracts not only its Dutch inhabitants, but also Germans living near the border who prefer to do their weekly shopping at our city. For soccer fans, the city hosts the soccer club FC Twente

Enschede is chosen to study and live at by both Dutch and many international students because it combines a relative big city with coziness and it's one of the most affordable cityies compared to other Dutch student cities. Since there are many student associations in the city, there are plenty of things to during the week. Being the second most international student city, Enschede is a welcoming destination for students from all over the world! 

The Netherlands


CuriousU is an ultimate learning experience but besides that you can also use this summer school as a chance to visit the rest of the Netherlands as well, this time as a tourist! The Netherlands is known for its colourful tulip fields, the canals through our beautiful cities and the huge amount of bikes - which by the way exceeds the number of the citizens in the country!


During your free day (Saturday 14th August 2021) you could travel to Amsterdam, this unique capital that attracts milions of tourists annually. Book your ticket Enschede Kennispark - Amsterdam Centraal in the yellow machines at the train stations or use group tickets via (see below), which saves you money and you are ready to go! The journey takes about 2.15 hours and trains ride approximately every 30 mins. For timetables, please check  

You can enjoy the famous Van Gogh Museum or just walk around the famous Dam Square, which is located just a few minutes away from Amsterdam Centraal station. Enjoy the unique architecture of the streets and you should of courso not forget to try some cheese! You can find many shops around which sell the famous Oud Amsterdam cheese and you can even taste different kinds of cheese in various shops for free! Do not forget to visit the iconic Museum Plein where the famous Van Gogh Museum , Rijksmuseum and I am Amsterdam letters are located. You can take a canal cruise and enjoy some beautiful sights! For the ones loving history, do no miss the chance to visit Anne Frank House. For the park lovers, Amsterdam has a lot to offer if you wish to enjoy your day chilling at a park or doing a picnic. Visit for example Vondelpark and perhaps you can even enjoy a summer live concert. 

For more information on things to do in Amsterdam, feel free to check!


Utrecht is also a beautiful city to visit whilst being here. It is the most central city of the Netherlands and, despite the fact that is the 4th largest city, you can easily walk around its centre and enjoy the small canals! Book your tickets Enschede Kennispark - Utrecht in the yellow machines at the train stations or use group tickets via (see below), which saves you money and you are ready to go! The journey takes less than 2hours. For timetables, please check  

Visit the Dom Tower and enjoy a coffee or meal in one of the numerous cafes and restaurants around! Admire the lively city centre and save some time for shopping since Utrecht offers a wide variety of shops and brands to choose from.

For more information on how to spend a day in Utrecht, please check here!


Giethoorn is the so called "Venice of Holland": it is built in water completely! Book your tickets Enschede Kennispark - Zwolle in the yellow machines at the train stations or use group tickets via (see below), which saves you money and you are ready to go! The journey takes 1 hour and trains ride approximately every 30 mins. From Zwolle, take a bus to Giethoorn. For timetables, please check  

You can rent an electric boat (approx. €15 per hour), canoe (approx. €8 per hour) or bike (approx. €8 per day) as soon as you arrive at Giethoorn and you are ready to experience the village and the small canals throughout it! You cannot use a car inside the village, which makes it so unique. Hopefully during your visit, music and cultural events take place which you can enjoy while having a coffee or a delicious meal.

German border


Enschede - the city where the University of Twente is located - is next to the German border, it actually just takes 10 minutes by bike from the city centre of Enschede to reach Germany! 

You might be curious to explore the German countryside nearby by bike or to visit Münster. Book your tickets Enschede Kennispark - Münster (W) Zentrum Nord in the yellow machines at the train stations or use group tickets via (see below), which saves you money and you are ready to go! The journey takes 1 hour and trains ride every 1 hour. For timetables, please check  

Münster is a lively metropolis attracting a lot of visitors. There is always something fun to explore, such as the many festivals that are organised every season!

For more information, please check here.

Group tickets 

Group tickets are ideal if you are travelling within the Netherlands with the new friends you will make during CuriousU! If you are travelling with a group of 4 -7 people (from € 7,50 per person/one way), please check for more information and for booking.

NOTE: For booking the group tickets online you do need a Dutch bank account. We are here for this! You can book and print the tickets that you use during CuriousU after asking for it at the reception of the main festival tent!