Hengelo is the main site of the municipality of Bronckhorst in the Achterhoek with about 10000 inhabitants including the outer areas, half of which live in the village itself.
Hengelo is widely known as the Horse Village. This is due to the annual horse market (during the village ceremony in July) and the many horse races that are held around the village, such as jogging, men-racing and toboggan tours. The fairground is held in the center of Hengelo, around the Remigius church. On Wednesday, the big food market is always on display and on Sunday there is a parade.
Once a year, a round of the ONK motorway races will be run on the Varsselring street circuit and every year the Angels Dweil Festival will take place. During this festival, dweil orchestras from all over the Netherlands play in the center of Hengelo. Rock in Roll out will be held on the first day of Pentecost. In the center of Hengelo, old American cars and engines are then displayed and rock-roll music is played.
Interesting sights in Hengelo include the three churches: the Dutch Reformed Remigius Church with very ancient murals, the Roman Catholic St. Willibrord church, and the freelance Protestant church. Also a pale house was preserved from 1750. In total, the village Hengelo has 23 entries in the national monuments register and thirteen municipal monuments.