A bustling and modern city, Eindhoven is a European technology hub and the capital of Dutch design. The city hosts a technical university, a design academy and numerous technological companies and cooperation initiatives. Brimming with creativity and innovation, Eindhoven offers great shopping and food among other great attractions.
Originally a small village, the growth of Eindhoven was accelerated due to the establishment of electronics company Philips. The city remained Philips’ s headquarters until 1997. Many parks, theaters, sports facilities and streets in the city are named in the honor of Frits Philips.
The culture and design of this city is especially highlighted at the Van Abbemuseum. It is one of the most important European museums of modern and contemporary art and the collection includes works by Picasso, Chagall, Kandinsky and Appel.
Try to coordinate your trip during the annual GLOW festival. During the exhibition, with gorgeous light constructions by artists from all over the world, the city is transformed into one giant exhibition of light. The festival has a new theme with new surprising light designs every year.
The Dutch Design Week which usually takes place in the month of October in Eindhoven attracts visitors from all over the world. Gaze at the beautiful creations on display and enjoy exhibits, workshops and lectures about design.
The nightlife at Eindhoven is enthralling and booming with home to the Stratumseind or ‘Stratum’, the longest nightlife street in the Netherlands. This street attracts almost 25,000 visitors every week and harbors 54 restaurants and cafes. Spend a relaxing afternoon on the terrace of the traditional ‘brown pubs’ at Wilhelminaplein.
The charming city centre of Eindhoven has a wide and varied range of shops and is perfect for shopping. The market is enclosed by a number of shopping streets with numerous department stores. You can also go to the Heuvel mall for fashion and beauty and De Admirant mall for the futuristic design of the Blob.
An extremely lively city, spend an idyllic day exploring Eindhoven's historic heritage. Rent a bike at the train station and visit a selection of the 140 National Heritage Sites. The Genneper Park also provides an opportunity to relax and enjoy nature with your family and friends.
This combination of modern metropolis and atmospheric attractions makes a trip to Eindhoven extremely exciting!
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Called the Creative City in Eindhoven, Strijp-S has an imposing, robust and industrial look. Numerous properties here were owned by Philips, a major Dutch corporation which were transformed into an urban design area. Savor the creative ambience and visit a concert in the mesmerizing new music centre.
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Dutch Design Week
The Dutch Design Week which usually takes place in the month of October in Eindhoven attracts visitors from all over the world. Gaze at the beautiful creations on display and enjoy exhibits, workshops and lectures about design. Special spotlight is given to rising and upcoming young artists every year. The event is distributed over more than 120 locations throughout the city.
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The Blob is a futurist building in Eidhoven’s old city centre designed by the Italian architect Massimiliano Fuksas. The glass and steel structure acts as a beacon into the city. It is 25 meters high and is the entrance to The Admirant shopping mall. Don’t forget to take a look at the lunchroom located in the Blob.
The museum chronicles the journey of the Dutch corporation, Philips’ history and inventions. Learn more about Philips’ historic role in the history of Eindhoven. The exhibition showcases the highlights of the company which first started producing light bulbs and is now a pioneer in the latest technological innovations.
Focusing on modern and contemporary art, the collection at Van Abbemuseum includes work by Picasso, Kandinsky and Rodin. Established in 1936, the building of the museum itself is a work of art and boasts of exceptional architecture. Stimulate your senses and take in the immense art collection.
GLOW light art festival
During the exhibition, with gorgeous light constructions by artists from all over the world, the city is transformed into one giant exhibition of light. The festival has a new theme with new surprising light designs every year. Make sure to see this huge collection of light projections and see how colors change the atmosphere of Eindhoven.
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A small village with a population of 16,600, Kaatsheuvel is popular for the Efteling theme park . The gateway to National Park Loonse en Drunense Duinen also attracts tourists from everywhere. The village organizes numerous music and cultural festivals every year, such as the Dance Fairytale Festival and Anton Pieck Food Truck Festival which are enjoyed by all.
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