The 18th century was the era, in which textile industry developed. Enschede turned into the centre of this industry. Nowadays it is a fantastisc, modern town with a lively town centre.
In the middle of town is a cosy square, the "Oude Markt" (Old Market) with many restaurants and bars. Around the square fans of shopping can indulge themselves. Enschede has a great variety of large (inter)national stores and smaller, individual shops