Even as the young Dutch town of Hengelo started to develop, only in the 19th century, it appears that it was settled by our Neanderthal ancestors, following the discovery of a 75,000 year-old axe here. Today Hengelo calls itself a '**multifaceted medium-sized town**' and is defined by its classy Hengelo hotels, garden villages and a vibrant cultural climate.
Why should I visit Hengelo on my business trip?
The city offers plenty of cultural and entertainment options to indulge in post-work. The contemporary Rabo Theatre, conceived by Jan Hoogstad, is worth visiting as is the Museum of Technology with its interactive exhibits. Dutch architect Piet Blom's legacy lives on at the Piet Blom Museum. Cool retro electronic devices await at the cosy Electro Radio Nostalgie Museum.
Hengelo hosts the BernArt en Music festival every May in the Prins Bernhard Park. May also features the Kermis Fair, with its myriad of attractions, and the Tuindorp Book Market where Dutch delicacies abound. The annual BAM Festival is a free cultural open-air event that brings in revellers from across Holland. The stunning Waterstaatskerk provides an ambient backdrop to the city's cultural shows.
Where do I find the big business events?
An important Dutch rail junction, Hengelo is connected by train to Schiphol Airport, Utrecht, Gouda, Rotterdam, etc. - and also to Berlin and Hanover. This is extremely convenient for the business traveller on the go. The city boasts the largest inner-harbour of the Netherlands. A strategic location and strong industrial roots have made this city an attractive place for investors.
The Westermaat industrial park is currently under construction, following which, it will host business events and trade fairs of an international calibre.
How do I enjoy my downtime with a hotel in Hengelo?
Explore Hengelo's intimate city centre in the evenings when locals come out to socialise and shop. Foodies should try the little sushi place Kami Sushi and the homely Emma’s Etcafe with its lively ambiance. Wind up with a concert at Hengelo's prized music venue, Metropool.
On an off-day, stroll down the tranquil Elsbeek stream which lies along the Driene part of the city. A picnic at the Prins Bernhard Park, Weusthag park, or Twickel estate is a good idea too. Consider a hotel in Hengelo for a memorable business trip in the Netherlands!