( Listen / i?) Hengelo ( Low Saxon: Hengel ) is a town in the Dutch province of Overijssel, in the Twente region, about 7 kilometers northwest of Enschede, about 10 kilometers southwest of Oldenzaal. The municipality also includes the villages Beckum and oils.

  • 4.1 Sons and daughters of the town
  • 4.2 People who have worked on site


In 1800, Hengelo was a small farming village. In the 19th and the first half of the 20th century settled here industrial enterprises, which resulted in Hengelo evolved greatly. During World War II the city on 6 and 7 October 1944, deliberately bombed by the Allies.

Economy and infrastructure


Hengelo is located on the highways A1/Europastraße 30 and A35, as well as on a main railway line, both with the course Amsterdam - Deventer - Bad Bentheim - Rheine - Osnabrück - Berlin. In rail transport Hengelo is also connected via the Grensland Express with Bad Bentheim and Enschede since 2010. The city also has a port on Twentekanaal.

Established businesses

Hengelo is an important industrial center for the region.

In the vicinity of sodium chloride is obtained, which is industrially processed here by Akzo Nobel. Since 1859 there are in Hengelo large machine factory Stork. The former Demag compressor technology division at the location Hengelo was incorporated into Siemens 'power' in 2001. A production site of R. Steel Group is also located in Hengelo, as is the Dutch branch DELTA BLOC Nederland MABA group. In Hengelo is the head office of Thales Nederland.

Hengelo is also the seat of Huttenkloas brewery.

Public institutions

The theme park De Waarbeek with the roller coaster Rodelbaan, a small lake for swimming, surfing, etc. is located in Hengelo city.


Hengelo is home to the Hogeschool ( College of Education ) Edith Stein.


In Fanny blanker - Koen Stadium the FBK Games in Hengelo instead find since 1981, a major international athletics meeting, which is named after the record runner - Koen Fanny blanker.


Sons and daughters of the town

  • Kleijs H. Kroon (1904-1983), Dutch Reformed theologian and pastor
  • Herman Krebber ( b. 1923 ), Dutch violinist and violin teacher
  • Jacqueline de Jong ( b. 1939 ), Dutch artist
  • Hans Achterhuis ( b. 1942 ), Dutch philosopher and professor of applied philosophy
  • Henk Kamp ( born 1952 ), Dutch politician of Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Démocratie
  • Peter van Merksteijn sr. ( Born 1956 ), Dutch racing driver
  • Mirjam Oldenhave ( b. 1960 ), Dutch actress, music therapist and children's author
  • Heleen Mees ( born 1968 ), Dutch economist, journalist and lawyer
  • Niels Oude Kamphuis ( b. 1977 ), Dutch footballer
  • Peter van Merksteijn Jr. ( born 1981 ), Dutch rally driver
  • Joost Posthuma ( b. 1981 ), Dutch cyclist
  • Tom Prinsen ( b. 1982 ), Dutch speed skaters

Those who worked on site

  • Willem Ripperda, Mr. Hengelo, envoy of the Dutch States-General in the peace talks the Peace of Westphalia
  • Piet Blom, a Dutch architect, known for his project De Kasbah in Hengelo (1969-1973)
  • Kuno Stierlin, music director, composer and pianist, conducted from 1923 to 1939, the oratorio Association in Hengelo