Life in the Netherlands

Hengelo is a multifaceted medium-sized town. Impressive because of its rich industrial history, its present activities and its plans for the future. Remarkable because of its central location,  mix of corporation housing, characteristic garden villages and spacious residential areas.  It is also surprising because of its many well-known stores, cultural activities, events and restaurants.

Compact and complete

Hengelo has a lot to offer. A magnificent theatre, renowned music venue 'Metropool',  numerous friendly and inviting cafés and restaurants, while real peace and quiet can be found in the immediate surroundings like the 'Prins Bernhard' and 'Weusthag' park, or in the  secluded countryside around the town.

Housing options

Hengelo offers a variety of possibilities for pleasant living. In Slangenbeek, the green and spacious new suburb, in a modern apartment or town house. And no matter where you live, the town centre is always nearby. For example, the housing blocks adjacent to the ring-road designed by Pi de Bruijn, the well known Dutch architect, or near the centre in Thiemsland. Or maybe you prefer Tuindorp ‘t Lansink, one of the finest garden villages in the Netherlands, which was developed in the ‘20s by the industrialist C.T. Stork.  In Hengelo the choice is yours..

A lively town

Hengelo is known all over the Netherlands for the Fanny Blankers Koen Stadion where many a world record is set during the annual FBK Games. Also the entertainment facilities attract people from all over the region. The friendly cafés, restaurants and discotheques have something to offer everybody. There is the modern cinema right in the centre where you can enjoy a good movie. Cultural activities feature regularly in the Waterstaatskerk which has been converted into a music hall and of course in the contemporary Rabo theatre designed by Jan Hoogstad, another famous Dutch architect. Open air swimming facilities welcome you on a hot summer’s day.

Attractive business climate

Central location in the region of Twente

Hengelo is located at the junction of the A1 and A35 motorways and is served by the Twente canal and the international railway net. Because of its strategic position Hengelo is considered the centre of Twente. The business sector makes the most of this central location. The shops at Westermaat Plein for instance are highly regionally oriented and the Container Terminal Twente handles cargo from a large area. Hengelo has the largest inner harbour of the Netherlands. Not only its 'physical accessibility' makes Hengelo an attractive town for establishing new businesses. Companies are also mutually accessible and together establish networks for exchange of knowledge.

Educational and training facilities

Hengelo grew because of its metallurgical industry, which traditionally required highly trained workers. The city offers a wide range of occupational and technical training courses at the Regional Educational Centre (ROC van Twente). Between Hengelo and the neighbouring city of Enschede lies the University of Twente, where studies focus on technical and applied sciences of Technology, while the Saxion Academy offers a variety of courses for higher vocational training.


With double the population of Hengelo, Enschede is also a popular choice among our Hengelo team, many of whom live in this nearby town, which is a centre of knowledge and education.  In addition to the University of Twente, it also has Saxion University of Applied Sciences, a conservatory, a pop academy, an international school and an art academy.

 It is an epicentre to music and culture in the east of the Netherlands with a splendid range of shops and boutiques all centred around the most convivial public square in the Netherlands; de Oude Markt (lt. Old Market Square). This is a great place for an evening out with its wide choice of restaurants, bars, shops and cafés.  Enschede is also home to FC Twente!

Enschede has a few very diverse housing estates, all with their own distinctive look and atmosphere. All of the different areas in Enschede are connected by the main ring road, formerly known as ‘de Singel’. The Ring lies around the city centre, enclosing the hospital, Saxion University and the main bus and train station. If you ever get lost in Enschede this road is a reliable reference point.

Housing in both Hengelo and Enschede is varied and affordable, whether you are buying or renting.  The Twente region offers an enviable lifestyle with all you could wish for in terms of housing, education, culture, sport and entertainment.