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Enschede is the largest city in Overijssel, located in the center of the small subregion of Twente, its eastern border reaches to Germany. In 1860 Enschede featured a canal, two city gates, and a mere 4,000 inhabitants, but nowadays has 160,000 permanent residents and it is still growing.
Boasting medieval origins, today Enschede is ultimately a modern and avant-garde place. Here you can visit the new Van Heekplein square, where the market is held twice a week, the historic Oude Markt and the hub of Enschede's nightlife.
For art lovers check out the Rijksmuseum Twenthe, which among others, houses works by Brueghel and Monet. Then visit the De Museumfabriek, where you can learn more about the history of the textile industry of the city.
Explore Dutch architecture in the Roombeek district, with tree-lined avenues and ultra-modern buildings.
The city does not feature a lot of old buildings as it has been struck by multiple disasters. Three huge fires destroyed a large part of the old city center. In 1862 the whole town burned down. Then, the bombings during the Second World War also had a devastating effect on the architecture. The allied fighters thought by mistake that Enschede was a German city and dropped their bombs.
Despite these events, you can still discover historic architecture in the city center where there is the Villa van Heek - a manor house was built in 1870 at the edge of the Oude Markt.
In sports and culture, Enschede is perhaps best known for being home to football club FC Twente, one-time Dutch champions and University of Twente.