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Update in connection with measures regarding the corona virus


As part of the measures surrounding the corona virus our guided tours are currently being offered with the following options:

Nothing changes for tours with a maximum of 6 people.
We receive our visitors in our “living room” in het Huis van Verhalen, where during (the included) coffee or tea a presentation about the past, the fireworks disaster and the present of the Roombeek district is provided.
The presentation takes about half an hour.

Afterwards, the ambassador will take you and your group for a walking tour of the neighbourhood, where all elements of the presentation are discussed.
The tour takes approximately 1.5 hours, but can be adapted or shortened to suit your wishes.
A walk to the monument for the victims of the fireworks disaster is a regular part of our tour.
This is about a five minute walk from the Huis van Verhalen.

Unfortunately, due to the corona-measures, we cannot receive larger groups for the presentation indoors until further notice.

Our ambassador / tour guide will receive pre-booked visitors at the side entrance of Prismare (Roomweg 165c) and leave from there for the tour. All images that are normally shown in the presentation are shown during the walk  (photos included also) discussed during the tour.

We think that – as long as the corona measures are in place – this is a good solution for continuing to offer guided tours.


On 13th May 2000 a fire broke out in a firework depot in Roombeek, right in the heart of Enschede, leading to an explosion that left 22 people dead, including four firemen and about 947 people injured.

 “Huis van Verhalen” (House of Stories) in Enschede tells the story of a neighbourhood, once the thriving heart of the textile industry, in 2000 destroyed by the firework disaster and since then rebuilt into one of the most diverse architectural areas of Holland.

Our expericienced ambassadors welcome visitors for guided tours with the following themes:

  • General >learn about the history ,the firework disaster and the rebuilding of Roombeek
  • History > emphasis on the industrial heritage being the heart of the textile industry
  • Today > emphasis on the extraordinary architecture of this unique part of Enschede

The complete guided tour through Roombeek takes about 1.5 hours, but can be tailored to needs and preferences. Ample parking is provided nearby.

The House of Stories is a 10 minutes walk from the Rijksmuseum and only 5 minutes from the MuseumFabriek

We organise a monthly guided tour every first Saturday of the month from 1.30pm onwards.
Once a year this coincides with the Open Monumentendag (Heritage Day).

Please find more information in the info block on the right hand side of the page.

€ 6.00  p/p, coffee/tea included.
Prices are based on a group of a minimum of 4 persons

Extra to go with your coffee or tea:
* slice of cake – € 0,75
* slice of apple cake – € 1,75
* slice of buttered traditional “Twentse krentenwegge” – € 1,75

For more information, please call us at +31 (0)53 431 6288 or email us at

Huis van Verhalen
Roomweg 165c
7523 BM Enschede
Tel.: +31 (0)53 431 62 88
E-mail: or

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