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Eindhoven is a major city in the province of North Brabant in the Netherlands. With a population of over 213,000 people, it's the fifth-largest city of the Netherlands. It is by no means a main tourist destination in the country and most travel guides will devote no more than a page or two to it. Nevertheless, this bustling and modern city has a lot more to offer.
Eindhoven's history is dominated by industrial development and is inextricably linked to electronics giant Philips and, to a lesser degree, DAF Trucks. Although those industries have mostly disappeared, Eindhoven remains a European technology hub, hosting a technical university and many technically oriented companies and cooperation initiatives. In addition, over the past decade the city has become the capital of Dutch design.
|POPULATION :||• Municipality 221,402|
• Urban 337,487
• Metro 419,045
• Metro region 755,313
• CMSA 1,944,588
|TIME ZONE :||• Time zone CET (UTC+1)|
• Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
|RELIGION :||Roman Catholic: 65.4%|
No religious denomination: 25.1%
Dutch Reformed: 2.9%
other Reformed: 1.1%
|AREA :||• Municipality 88.87 km2 (34.31 sq mi)|
• Land 87.72 km2 (33.87 sq mi)
• Water 1.15 km2 (0.44 sq mi)
|ELEVATION :||17 m (56 ft)|
|COORDINATES :||51°26′N 5°29′E|
|SEX RATIO :||• Male: 49.6%|
• Female: 50.4%
|AREA CODE :||040|
|POSTAL CODE :||5600–5658|
|DIALING CODE :||+31 40|
- VVV Eindhoven Tourist Office, Stationsplein (Right in front of the train station with exiting on the center side.), . Mon 10.00 - 18.30 h. Tue - Thu 09.00 - 18.30 h. Fri 09.00 - 21.00 h. Sat 10.00 - 17.00 h Sun (only the Salesunday) 12.00 - 17.00 h.. The blue and white colored VVV Tourist Office on the Stationsplein is hard to miss. Make sure to drop in for a free city guide and map and feel free to ask the helpful staff any questions you have concerning your stay. They can book rooms for you and sell a broad selection of maps, biking and hiking routes, guides and literature on the Eindhoven region and the rest of the Netherlands. The online and interactive VVV citymap can be very helpful in finding your way.
The written history of Eindhoven started in 1232, when Duke Hendrik I of Brabant granted city rights to Endehoven, then a small town right on the confluence of the Dommel and Gender streams. At the time of granting of itscharter, Eindhoven had approximately 170 houses enclosed by a rampart. Just outside the city walls stood a small castle. The city was also granted the right to organize a weekly market and the farmers in nearby villages were obliged to come to Eindhoven to sell their produce. Another factor in its establishment was its location on the trade route from Holland to Liège.
Around 1388, the city's fortifications were strengthened further. And between 1413 and 1420, a new castle was built within the city walls. In 1486, Eindhoven was plundered and burned by troops from Guelders.
The reconstruction of Eindhoven was finished in 1502, with a stronger rampart and a new castle. However, in 1543 it fell again, its defense works having been neglected due to poverty.
A big fire in 1554 destroyed 75% of the houses but by 1560 these had been rebuilt with the help of William I of Orange. During the Dutch Revolt, Eindhoven changed hands between the Dutch and the Spanish several times during which it was burned down by renegade Spanish soldiers, until finally in 1583 it was captured once more by Spanish troops and its city walls were demolished.
Eindhoven did not become part of the Netherlands until 1629. During the French occupation, Eindhoven suffered again with many of its houses destroyed by the invading forces. Eindhoven remained a minor city after that until the start of the industrial revolution.
The industrial revolution of the 19th century provided a major growth impulse. Canals, roads and railroads were constructed. Eindhoven was connected to the major Zuid-Willemsvaart canal through the Eindhovens Kanaal branch in 1843 and was connected by rail to Tilburg, 's-Hertogenbosch, Venlo and Belgium between 1866 and 1870. Industrial activities initially centred around tobacco and textile and boomed with the rise of lighting and electronics giant Philips, which was founded as a light bulb manufacturing company in Eindhoven in 1891.
Industrialization brought population growth to Eindhoven. At the establishment of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in 1815, Eindhoven had 2,310 inhabitants.
By 1920, the population was 47,946; by 1925 it was 63,870 and in 1935 that had ballooned to 103,030. The explosive growth of industry in the region and the subsequent housing needs of workers called for radical changes in administration, as the City of Eindhoven was still confined to its medieval moat city limits. In 1920, the five neighbouring municipalities of Woensel (to the north), Tongelre (northeast and east), Stratum (southeast), Gestel en Blaarthem(southwest) and Strijp (west), which already bore the brunt of the housing needs and related problems, were incorporated into the new Groot-Eindhoven ("Greater Eindhoven") municipality. The prefix "Groot-" was later dropped.
After the incorporation of 1920, the five former municipalities became districts of the Municipality of Eindhoven, with Eindhoven-Centrum (the City proper) forming the sixth. Since then, an additional seventh district has been formed by dividing the largest district, that of Woensel, into Woensel-Zuid and Woensel-Noord.
The early 20th century saw additions in technical industry with the advent of car and truck manufacturing company Van Doorne's Automobiel Fabriek (DAF) and the subsequent shift towards electronics and engineering, with the traditional tobacco and textile industries waning and finally disappearing in the 1970s.
A first air raid in World War II was flown by the RAF on 6 December 1942 targeting the Philips factory downtown. 148 civilians died, even though the attack was carried out on a Sunday by low-flying Mosquito bombers. Large-scale air raids, including the preliminary bombing during Operation Market Garden to aid the US 101st Airborne Division paratroopers in securing the bridges in and around the town on 18 September 1944, destroyed large parts of the city. The reconstruction that followed left very little historical remains and the post-war reconstruction period saw drastic renovation plans in highrise style, some of which were implemented. At the time, there was little regard for historical heritage; in the 1960s, a new city hall was built and its neo-gothic predecessor (1867) demolished to make way for a planned arterial road that never materialised.
The 1970s, 1980s and 1990s saw large-scale housing developments in the districts of Woensel-Zuid and Woensel-Noord, making Eindhoven the fifth-largest city in the Netherlands. At the start of the 21st century, a whole new housing development called Meerhoven was constructed at the site of the old airport of Welschap, west of Eindhoven. The airport itself, now called Eindhoven Airport, had moved earlier to a new location, paving the way for much needed new houses. Meerhoven is part of the Strijp district and partially lies on lands annexed from the municipality of Veldhoven.
In the 2000s decade, Eindhoven emerged as the capital of Dutch industrial design. The Design Academy Eindhoven has produced major Dutch designers, such as Maarten Baas, Marcel Wanders, Richard Hutten, and Hella Jongerius. The school also has a strong affiliation with droog design. In 2003, Time Magazine called the Academy, "The School of Cool." Due to the fame of the D.A.E, Eindhoven has been able to grow in the design industry with such events as the Dutch Design Week, that takes place every October. While most of Philips' industries have moved out, the Philips Design Bureau is still in Eindhoven.
The temperate climate is pleasant in Eindhoven. Due to its location, the average temperatures of this city are slightly higher and the rainfall is just slightly lower than the average of the rest of the Netherlands. However, it remains a coastal climate with mild, wet winters and cool summers.
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The villages and city that make up modern Eindhoven were originally built on sandy elevations between the Dommel, Gender and Tongelreep streams. Beginning in the 19th century, the basins of the streams themselves have also been used as housing grounds, resulting in occasional floodings in the city centre. Partly to reduce flooding, the bed of the Gender stream, which flowed directly through the city centre, was dammed off and filled up after the War, and the course of the Dommel was regulated. New ecological and socio-historical insights have led to parts of the Dommel's course being restored to their original states, and plans to have the Gender flow through the centre once again.
The large-scale housing developments of the 20th century saw residential areas being built on former agricultural lands and woods, former heaths that had been turned into cultivable lands in the 19th century.
Eindhoven has grown from a little town in 1232 to one of the biggest cities in the Netherlands with around 212,000 inhabitants in 2009. Much of its growth is due to Philips, DAF Trucks and Brabantia.
After the resurrection of the Netherlands in 1815 and the end of the Belgian Revolution, Eindhoven was a small village of some 1250 people in an economically backward and mostly agricultural area. Cheap land, cheap labor and the existence of pre-industrial homesourcing (huisnijverheid in Dutch) made Eindhoven an attractive area for the developing industries which were being stimulated by the government of King William I. During the 19th century, Eindhoven grew into an industrial town with factories for textile weaving, cigarmanufacturing, match making and hat making. Most of these industries disappeared again after World War II, though.
In 1891, brothers Gerard and Anton Philips founded the small light bulb factory that would grow into one of the largest electronics firms in the world. Philips' presence is probably the largest single contributing factor to the major growth of Eindhoven in the 20th century. It attracted and spun off many hi-tech companies, making Eindhoven a major technology and industrial hub. In 2005, a full third of the total amount of money spent on research in the Netherlands was spent in or around Eindhoven. A quarter of the jobs in the region are in technology and ICT, with companies such as FEI Company (once Philips Electron Optics), NXP Semiconductors (formerly Philips Semiconductors), ASML, Toolex, Simac, CIBER, Neways Electronics,Atos Origin and the aforementioned Philips and DAF.
Eindhoven has long been a centre of cooperation between research institutes and industry. This tradition started with Philips (the NatLab was a physical expression of this) and has since expanded to large cooperative networks. The Eindhoven University of Technology hosts an incubator for technology startups and the NatLab has developed into the High Tech Campus Eindhoven. Also,TNO has opened a branch on the university campus. This tradition has also fostered inter-industry cooperation in the region; one example of this is the announcement in September 2010 of a new research lab for high-grade packaging materials, a cooperation of IPS Packaging and Thales Cryognetics.
This cooperative tradition has also developed into a different direction than the traditional technology research done at the university. Starting in 2002, the university, the Catharina hospital, Philips Medical and the University of Maastricht joined forces and started joint research into biomedical science,technology and engineering. Within Eindhoven, this research has been concentrated in a new university faculty (BioMedical Technology or BMT). This development has also made Eindhoven a biomedical technology hub within the country and its (European) region.
Prime examples of industrial heritage in Eindhoven are the renovated Witte Dame ("White Lady") complex, a former Philips lamp factory; and the Admirant building (informally known as Bruine Heer or "Brown Gentleman" in reference to the Witte Dame across the street), the former Philips main offices. The Witte Dame currently houses the municipal library, the Design Academy and a selection of shops. The Admirant has been renovated into an office building for small companies. Across the street from the Witte Dame and next to the Admirant is Philips' first light bulb factory (nicknamed Roze Baby, or "Pink Baby", in reference to its pink colour and much smaller size when compared to the "White Lady" and "Brown Gentleman"). The small building now houses the "Centrum Kunstlicht in de Kunst" (centre artificial light in art) and the "Philips Incandescent Lamp Factory of 1891" museum.
Of all Eindhoven districts, the historical centre is by far the smallest in size and population, numbering only 5,419 in 2006. Woensel-Noord is the largest, having been the city's main area of expansion for several decades.
Population figures for all districts, as of 1 January 2008, ranked by size:
- Woensel-Noord (65,429)
- Woensel-Zuid (35,789)
- Stratum (31,778)
- Gestel (26,590)
- Strijp (25,402)
- Tongelre (19,680)
- Centrum (5,757)
The international telephone country code for the Netherlands is 31, the area code for Eindhoven is 040. If dialing from abroad, use +31 but then leave out the 0 in the area code.
Eindhoven is a very well connected city in terms of internet, with many households having access to high speed internet at home. Internet facilities with actual public computers are rare, but there are a bunch of free and paid wifi spots to use if you are carrying a laptop. Many hotels have free wifi while in some places you still have to pay steep amounts, so check in advance.
- Public Library, Emmasingel 22, has free wifi. Here you can also still use a computer with internet access, but as a non-member you will pay €4 per hour.
- La Place, In Piazza shopping centre, 1st floor, . Mon 11AM-7PM, Tue-Thu 9.30AM-7PM, Fri 9.30AM-9PM, Sat9.30AM-5PM. This lunchroom in Piazza Shopping Center offers free wifi.
- McDonalds, Demer 2, . All McDonalds restaurants in the Netherlands offer free WiFi, this one included.
The Dutch postal company has closed most post offices and now cooperates with bookstores to deliver its services to the public. The services offered differ per place. If you're just looking for stamps, most book stores and the tourist information office can help you. For anything more complicated, try the specialized desk in:
- Bruna Admirant, Emmasingel 24, . Mo: 12-6, Tue-Thu: 9AM - 6PM, Fri: 9AM-9PM, Sat: 9AM - 5PM.
Prices in Eindhoven
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|Beer (domestic)||0.5 l||€0.80|
|Bottle of Wine||1 bottle||€5.00|
|Dinner (Low-range)||for 2||€30.00|
|Dinner (Mid-range)||for 2||€50.00|
|Dinner (High-range)||for 2||€72.00|
|Mac Meal or similar||1 meal||€7.00|
|Beer (Imported)||0.33 l||€3.90|
|Beer (domestic)||0.5 l||€4.00|
|Coctail drink||1 drink||€8.00|
|Men’s Haircut||1 haircut||€|
|Mobile (prepaid)||1 min.||€0.13|
|Pack of Marlboro||1 pack||€6.25|
|Toilet paper||4 rolls||€|
CLOTHES / SHOES
|Jeans (Levis 501 or similar)||1||€82.00|
|Dress summer (Zara, H&M)||1||€30.00|
|Sport shoes (Nike, Adidas)||1||€85.00|
|Local Transport||1 ticket||€|
72 € per day
Estimated cost per 1 day including:
- meals in cheap restaurant
- public transport
- cheap hotel
215 € per day
Estimated cost per 1 day including:
- mid-range meals and drinks
Transportation - Get In
Eindhoven Airport, located just 5 kilometers outside the city, is the Netherland's second busiest airport by number of flights, behind only Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Its terminal has been greatly expanded in 2013 and now features most of the facilities expected from a modern airport, including an on-site Tulip Inn hotel.
Eindhoven Airport is connected to the city and its main train station by means of bus rapid transit, namely the famousPhileas guided bus. Phileas operates bus lines 400 and 401, which alternate throughout the day and provide a c.a. 20 min ride between the airport and the train station approximately ever 10 minutes at daytime. There is no bus service between midnight and 6 AM. The fare is €2,21.
Unlike Schiphol, Eindhoven Airport is mostly served by low-fare carriers Ryanair, Transavia and Wizzair, as well as holiday charter specialists. The most flights are to destinations around the Mediterranean, especially Turkey, but the connection network has grown greatly post-2010 and now includes most countries of the EU. Do note that airlines operating to and from Eindhoven are point-to-point carriers, so there is no chance to get a through ticket to Eindhoven from an airport that does not have a direct flight - in that case, flying to Amsterdam or Dusseldorf may be more advisable.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Schiphol Airport is the largest airport in the Netherlands and a major global hub with a vast array of short-haul and intercontinental connections. There are three ways to get from Schiphol to Eindhoven:
- Take the Intercity train directly from the airport to Eindhoven train station for €19.80. There are two such trains hourly during most of the daytime, and between them and in nighttime you can take a train to Utrecht Centraal and connect there to other Intercities going to Eindhoven. The cost of a train with a connection in Utrecht is exactly the same, and the travel time is only marginally longer as train schedules are tightly coordinated.
- AirExpressBuses costs €20 and leaves approximately four times per day on weekdays (not in sync with flights, note that it does not leave on Sundays).
- Dutch flag carrier KLM offers a bus shuttle service from Schiphol to Eindhoven Airport that can be booked together with the plane ticket. Eindhoven is selectable as origin and destination when booking a KLM flight under its airport code (IATA: EIN), with "flights" that KL316-319 are actually bus rides. There are two bus connections daily and the bus ride takes 1h45min. There is no possibility to book the KLM bus by itself, you need to take a flight with KLM to or from Schiphol to book a connecting bus ride to or from Eindhoven.
To get between Eindhoven Airport and Eindhoven train station in the city centre, take the regional bus 401 to Eindhoven station (takes ~20 mins). The bus leaves every half hour on weekends, and more often on weekdays (see Hermes for timetable).
The German state railway company, Deutsche Bahn operates a bus service between Düsseldorf Hauptbahnhof train station, Düsseldorf International Airport, Eindhoven train station and Antwerpen Centraal in Belgium. The Antwerp connection can be used to connect to Brussels Airport(Antwerpen Centraal is 40 minutes by direct train from Brussels Airport), while Düsseldorf Hauptbahnhof has direct train connections to Frankfurt Airport (bookable as airplane tickets if you fly with Star Alliance).
There are three bus services daily (four on Saturdays and Sundays), and the journey between Düsseldorf or Antwerp and Eindhoven takes 1.5h (the full Antwerp-Düsseldorf run is 3 hours with a stop in Eindhoven). Tickets can be bought via Deutsche Bahn website much like train tickets (just specify Eindhoven as destination or origin) and can be had for as little as EUR 9. Do note that the buses depart from and arrive at Dusseldorf Airport's Intercity railway station, not the airport terminal. You need to take the free SkyTrain monorail between the terminal and the train station, for which you should allow at least 15 minutes.
Eindhoven Station is a major rail transport node in Southeastern Netherlands. Do note that it is not called "Centraal" like in many other Dutch cities - searching for "Eindhoven Centraal" will return all kinds of amusing results, but not the station.
Train services calling at Eindhoven Station include:
- Tilburg - Breda - Dordrecht -Rotterdam - Delft - Den Haag
- 's Hertogenbosch - Utrecht - Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA - Amsterdam Zuid / WTC - Schiphol Amsterdam Airport
- 's Hertogenbosch - Utrecht - Amsterdam (Amstel, Centraal, Sloterdijk) -Zaandam - Alkmaar
- Helmond - Venlo
- Weert - Roermond - Sittard - Maastricht/Heerlen
Listed by distance, travel times to major Dutch destinations include:
- 's Hertogenbosch, 19 min. €5.70 (trains run every 15 min.)
- Maastricht, 1 h., €14,90 (trains run every 30 min.)
- Amsterdam, 1.20 h., €17,20 (trains run every 15 min.)
When exiting the station on the south side, turn around and take a look at the building from a distance. Architect Koen van der Gaast designed the 1956 station to resemble a Philips radio of that time, gaining it national heritage site status. Do note that the city buses only stop on the less impressive northern side of the airport (but the long-distance ICBus to Dusseldorf and Antwerp stops on the south).
There is a secondary station called Eindhoven Beukenlaan, located next to the former Philips business park Strijp-S. This station is served by regional trains.
Express bus lines serve the central bus station, located at the back of the train station, and include connections to and from:
- Line 24 to Helmond, 45 min. €3.40
- Line 156 to 's Hertogenbosch, 1,20 h. €5.75
- Line 173 to Weert, 1.25 h. € 7,20
Trains are generally a more convenient way to travel to or from these places, unless you want to make a stop in one of the villages on the way.
The A2 national highway from Amsterdam to Maastricht passes Eindhoven to the west and south of the city. The A2 connects here with the A58 to Tilburg and Breda and to the A67/E34 from Venlo to Antwerp. In 2004, the A50 was completed connecting Eindhoven to Nijmegen and Zwolle. Please be aware when driving to Eindhoven by car, that local access from the highways is provided by the N2 "Randweg", which runs in parallel along the A2 and A67 highways around Eindhoven. Look for "Randweg N2" early on when approaching Eindhoven to avoid having to make substantial detours, or use an up-to-date navigation system.
As in all Dutch cities, parking in the city center is quite expensive and during rush hours the main streets can be jammed.
There is however a Park & Ride service operating next to exit 31 of the N2. This service, called P+R Meerhoven (Page in Dutch), costs €3,- for the first 24 hours. From here, lines 18, 401 and 402 provide a frequent bus service to the city centre, with retour bus tickets to the city centre costing €0,50 per person. The bus- and parking tickets can be bought on-site at the machine using a debit or credit card.
Transportation - Get Around
The city center is largely car free and small enough to get around on foot. If you're headed for the outskirts or surrounding villages, take the bus or rent a bike.
Eindhoven has an extensive bus network. You can purchase an OV-chipkaart, a plastic card on which an amount or a travel credit can be loaded, at the bus company's office or vending machines in the main bus station Neckerspoel which is at the north side of the main railway station. You can plan your trip in advance using the trip advisor of Hermes bus company which serves bus transport in the Eindhoven region and in the Arnhem-Nijmegen city region.
You can rent a bicycle at the train station, which is a nice and typical Dutch way to get around the center or explore the outskirts of town or the surrounding villages. Remember that bicycle theft is a problem in the Netherlands. Eindhoven is no exception, so make sure that you have a proper lock. When you're out shopping in the city center, use the free guarded bike parks under the 18 Septemberplein (entrance right on the middle of the square, open Mo-Sa 8.00-23.30h) or in the basement of the Heuvelgalerie (entrance on the north-west corner, Mo-Th 08.00-20.00, F-Sa 08.00-04.30h). Both also open on "shopping Sundays", but for limited hours. The guarded bike park in the train station has broader opening hours but costs around €1.20 per day.
Taxistands can be found on both the north- and south side of the railway station. For a list with taxi services see PIN Taxi Eindhoven [www]. Note that taxi transport in the Netherlands is rather expensive. The legal starting rate of €7.50 will get you 2 km. After that, you pay €2.20 per km. Eindhoven Airport has got it's taxistand (50 meters from the terminal entrance/exit).
A Europcar office for car rental is located on the Fuutlaan, a 10 minute walk from the train station. Exit the station on the city center side and head left on the main road in front of you (Stationsweg). You'll find Europcar after about 1 km, on your left. Parking within the inner city circle costs around €2 per hour, with a usual daily maximum of around €14. There are quite many parking garages and area's, well indicated by "P" signs. A few examples in the center are listed below. In the outskirts of town public parking places on the streets are often free.
- Parking Garage Bijenkorf, €0.50 per 12 minutes, daily max. €14. Entrance on Fellenoord. Open Mon-Sun 7am-11pm
- P1 parking Mathildelaan, €0.50 per 12 minutes, daily max. €14. Entrance on Mathildelaan. Open 7x24h
- Terrein Stationsweg West/Oost, €2.20 per hour, €2.40 first hour, daily max. €6,70 (no cash). Entrance on Stationsweg.
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Eindhoven is the regional centre for shopping, and offers a wide range of large and small stores, including all the large chains in the Netherlands and a good number of small speciality shops. As it is hardly a touristic city, traditional souvenirs are relatively hard to come by. The VVV tourist information office directly outside the train station has some Dutch and Eindhoven oriented gadgets. Light bulb cartoons and similar images are a typical reference to Eindhoven's history in lightning. Also, museum shops will have some gift items relevant for their exhibitions.
With some exceptions, shops close at 6PM on Weekdays and 5PM on Saturdays, like in the rest of the country. Friday is "buying-evening" in the city center, with shops open until 9PM. Shops are now allowed to be open on Sunday and most of the shops in the city centre indeed open every Sunday from 12.00 to 17.00h. Most places in shopping centre Woensel XL open only the first and last day Sunday of the month, and keep similar hours. You'll find that businesses in the other districts typically remain closed on Sundays, with the exception of bars and restaurants.
With the covered shopping centre 'De Heuvel Galerie', large department stores including 'De Bijenkorf' and an extensive selection of boutiques an specialist shops, the center of Eindhoven is the most bustling shopping center in the South of the Netherlands. The following streets form the main, pedestrianised shopping area: 18 Septemberplein, Nieuwe emmasingel(admirant), Demer, Rechtestraat, de Markt, Nieuwstraat, Hermanus Boexstraat, Vrijstraat and Hooghuisstraat.
- De Heuvelgalerie. Placed between the central station and the market square, is a covered shopping mall with a broad selection of stores. You'll find anything from clothing and shoes till toys, a bike store and a Mac retail shop.
- If you're looking for somewhat more exclusive fashion, try the Hooghuisstraat. It has a bunch of good boutiques and fashion stores.
- Piazza Center. On the 18 Septemberplein is a modern, covered 3 story shopping area with a bunch of clothing and shoes stores and others. Here you'll also find de Bijenkorf, one the largest and most exclusive department stores in the Netherlands and Zara, Ici paris XL a fairly large beauty store.
- Admirant shopping. Is an old part of Eindhoven's center that has gotten a complete facelift in recent years. Previously, this part was primarily known for the old headquarters of Philips and the lamp factory (now a museum). Now it is a trendy shopping area with the glass structure "the Blob" and a new shopping street while keeping the little piece of Eindhoven's history intact. The street has a mix of large chains like Selexyz, Dept, Douw Egberts, but also smaller design stores like Janissima temporary concept store, Onigiri Art on T-shirts and Van Bommel Shoes.
Outside the center
- When exiting the train station on the North side, it is a 5 minute walk to theKruisstraat. In this internationally oriented street the shops include Turkish, Asian and other foreign supermarkets. On the square at end of the Kruisstraat, The Woenselse Markt, a fairly large weekly market is held on Saturdays.
- A few kilometers north of the center, in the district Woensel, lies shopping center Woensel XL. This large and semi-covered shopping center offers a broad range of retail stores, mostly chains, making it a good alternative location for a general shopping spree. One advantage is the ample (but paid) parking space.
- Woenselse market, Woenselse Markt (About 1 km north of the city center). Saturday 10:00-17:00. The largest and busiest market of the city. Stalls selling a wide range of goods, fruit and vegetables, fish, clothing and household items.
- Weekly market, Tuesday 09:00-14:00 (15:30 during daylight saving time), De Markt (city center)
- Small art & collectibles, Saturday 10:00-17:00, De Markt (city center)
- FeelGood Market, Festival area, Klokgebouw, Strijp S. 3rd Sunday of the month. The FeelGood Market gives quirky designers and creative people the opportunity to show their creations to the public. In addition, the market is an approachable and fun way to get aquinted with unique design, exclusive products and the maker himself. There are food stalls and terraces. During bad weather the event moves to the clock building (klokgebouw). Free.
- Onigiri (onigiri t-shirts), nieuwe emmasingel 9 (Across from the Blob), . 10am to 6pm. Onigiri is a small design-centric store selling T-shirts, gadgets/design items and accessories. One of the more unique and off-beat stores in Eindhoven with the Dutch Design T-shirts and odd but amusing products. Great place to stop by even if it is just for the interior design with the Tetris-like fixtures and smart-glass fitting room.
- Travel book store Landschap, Kleine Berg 3, , e-mail: [email protected]. Landschap offers a good selection of travel guides, maps and travel literature.
- van piere + de slegte, Nieuwe Emmasingel 44, , e-mail: [email protected]. Selexyz is a chain of book stores. This fairly new Eindhoven establishment in the Admirant is spacious and pleasant, with a good selection of English titles. There's a small café on the basement floor, where you can choose coffee varieties from Blanche Dael, a well known Maastricht store.
- Boekhandel Spijkerman, Kleine Berg 5, , e-mail:[email protected]. Spijkerman is a real specialist of literature. A visit to this bookstore is worthy for fans of quality literature with personal tips and suggestions by the owner.
- De Heremiet, Bergstraat 36b, , e-mail:[email protected]. A bookstore with a wide range of children's books, spiritual books and activities.
You'll find plenty of restaurants in the city center. Main restaurant areas are the Dommelstraat (almost directly opposite the train station), the Markt and the Bergen kwartier, comprising both the Kleine Berg and the Grote Berg. As for other Dutch cities, you can find restaurant information and customer reviews on several (private) websites, e.g. Iens.nl [www] or Eet.nu [www] or delekkerstesushi.nl [www]. They are mostly in Dutch, but numerical ratings will give you an idea of popularity at least. Pay attention to the fact that many restaurants are closed on Mondays and some close down for a week or two during summer.
- Eetcafé Bommel, Kleine Berg 32, . Bommel is an old time favorite among students and budget travelers. There's no menu: for a fixed amount of €12.50 you get a cup of soup and you can choose between the meat or vegetarian dish of the day.
- Friture Dik & Lang, Jan van Lieshoutstraat 28. Fast food is an unhealthy but cheap dinner option. "Fritures" serving fries and snacks are common, but Dik & Lang is reportedly the best one in the city center. If you're not a huge mayonnaise fan, make sure to mention that as you might find all of your fries covered in it. €5.
- Grand Café De Wildeman, Markt 10, . The Wildeman has, just like it's next door colleagues, a spacious outdoor terrace on the market square. The food is nothing special but you get an okay full plate main from around €12.
- Grand Restaurant Le Connaisseur, Kleine Berg 12, . If you order your dinner before 6PM here, the second 3 course meal comes for free. Even when you're later, 3 course meals (allowing you to choose the dishes) start from €18.50.
- Soho, Jan van Lieshoutstraat 24A, . Popular place for take away wok (Asian stir fry dishes with noodles or rice) or sushi, but you can also eat in the restaurant. Think fast food place with an Asian touch. A simple stir-fry dish. served in a card board cup is a cheap but quite filling meal. It can get crowded here around lunch or dinner time, but Soho has a second location just opposite the train station where it's often less crowded. All you can eat sushi is €21.50 for dinner. € 6.50.
- The Trafalgar Pub, Dommelstraat 21, . In this British pub you can of course find a pretty good shepherds pie. If you're on a budget: they serve full meals from around €7. There's an English menu available. €12.50.
- De Bakgigant, Nieuwstraat 7, , e-mail:[email protected]. 09:00 - 17:00. Cheap and friendly lunchroom located in the city center. Based on a serve yourself concept and has very friendly personnel. Also offers free wifi. €1 - €5.
- Authentiek Turks Restaurant Ege, Rivierstraat 36, . This cosy restaurant is a long time favorite among Turkish cuisine lovers in and around the city.
- Cooks, Kerkstraat 30, . Friendly, laid-back place with a nice lunch and dinnermenu and an outside terrace. They have a fair range of tapas but also a good variety of other dishes. mains from €16.50.
- Ethiopisch Restaurant, Schootsestraat 170, .If you're in for something else, try Ethiopian cuisine. Eating here is not in the last place an experience in sharing: food comes in a giant common plate for all people at the table. You eat with your hands. Portions can be on the small side, but the taste is good. Safety is bad, they ran out of the kitchen when there was a fire and didn't bother to inform the customers.mains from €12.
- Jiu.nu, Willemstraat 9, . At this restaurant & wine bar you'll be served international food with a strong Asian touch. Their motto is "life's too short to drink bad wine" and the wine list includes over 30 wines that you can order per glass. €42.50 for a 4 course surprise menu.
- Memories, Dommelstraat 36, . Memories has a rather average menu but the food is well prepared. Mostly, its nice and cosy atmosphere makes it a pleasant place for dinner. €25.
- New York Café, Dommelstraat 9, . Housed in a national heritage monument, this stylish restaurant is also a popular place to stay for drinks after dinner. Service can be a bit slow but the food is generally okay.
- Papadopoulos, Kerkstraat 40, . Nicely decorated Greek restaurant with good food in large portions.
- Yakitory & the Sushi's, Grote Berg 30, .Popular place for all-you-can-eat sushi. The sushi may not be phenomenal but it's quite okay and with €22.50 for an all-you-can-eat menu well worth the money.
- Yokohama, Stationsplein, . Expect your teppan yaki food to be served with a show, in this upper class Japanese restaurant. You'll sit around the teppan yaki baking plate together with other people so don't count on a romantic dinner for two. There's a sushi bar too, if you prefer, but pay attention, taking sushi of the moving bar can result in a surprisingly steep bill. € 28.
- Avant-Garde van Groeninge, Frederiklaan 10d, . This one Michelin star restaurant is located inside the PSV soccer stadium. Enjoy your meal while overlooking the grass field. Reservations are recommended, as this is one of the best but also a popular restaurant in the city.
- Karpendonkse Hoeve, Sumatralaan 3, . Also located in a restored farm, the Karpendonkse Hoeve offers a nice view over the park and water. This restaurant has had one Michelin star for more than 30 years in a row.
- Wiesen, Kleine Berg 10, , e-mail:[email protected]. This trendy little restaurant with its ambitious cuisine received a Michelin star in 2014. It's a small place, so make sure to make reservations. Three course surprise menu from €36.50.
- Zarzo, Bleekweg 7. One of the most hip and happening up-scale restaurants in town, run by an ambitious young owner with a love for food and wine combinations. It has no Michelin star yet, but the modern, gastronomic dishes get raving reviews. The special is a six course menu for €73. Try to book well ahead if you want to be sure of a able, especially for weekend nights. From €39 for a (set) three course menu.
- De Luytervelde, Jo Goudkuillaan 11 (Outside the center, on the edge of villa area Acht-Zuid), . This classical restaurant is located in an old, beautifully restored farm. If the weather allows, be sure to enjoy your meal in the lovely and peaceful garden.
Sights & Landmarks
In order to claim you have seen Eindhoven, at least a glance at its Philips-related history is a must. Fortunately, this is hardly a challenge as many of the Philips sights are right in the heart of the city. The Van Abbe museum is the main attraction listed by travel guides and is an excellent pick if you're into modern art.
- Lichttoren (Light Tower), Corner of Mathildelaan and Emmasingel. On the top floors of this 7-edged, white tower building, Philips used to perform its light bulb endurance tests. The 24/7 burning lights in the building gained it the title of "Light Tower". Later it also housed the headquarters of Philips' lightning department. Around it where some of the company's main production buildings. After serious renovations, the building now holds private lofts and offices. On the down floor restaurant Usine offers a nicely decorated surrounding for a coffee break.
- Witte Dame (White Lady), Emmasingel. Next to the Light Tower is the Witte Dame. It was designed by Dirk Roosenburg and built in 1931 in the style of the New Objectivity. It originally served as a radio factory and now houses Eindhoven's Design Academy and Public Library.
- De Admirant, Emmasingel. The highest building in Eindhoven, directly opposite the Witte Dame. The 105 meter tower is the sky-high middle point of a new shopping area called "Around the Admirant". The "Around the Admirant" area was designed to include not only the retail stores in the Admirant's down floors, but also those in the organically shaped Blob. All the top floors are residential apartments.
- Evoluon, Noord Brabantlaan 1a, . This mushroom-shaped building strongly resembles the popular idea of a UFO, making it a very futuristic design when it was built in 1966. It was built for the 75-year anniversary of Philips, as a symbol for the company's technological achievements. It served as a popular technology museum until diminishing incomes led to it's closure in the 80's. Nowadays, it's a conference center.
- Vestedatoren, corner of Vestdijk and Smalle Haven. The 2006 Vesteda tower is considered one of the main landmarks in Eindhoven's skyline. With 90 meters this apartment building is the 5th highest building in the city. It was designed by Jo Coenen and is part of his broader design for the modern urban Smalle Haven area surrounding it.
- Oude Toren, Oude Torenstraat 1 (Woensel). The "Old Tower" is all that remains of a 14th or 15th-century church in the style of the Brabantine Gothic. It's the only really old church building left in the city today.
- Paterskerk, Tramstraat 37(Centre). A late 19th century Neo-Gothic church, built for monastery Mariënhage that is located right next to it. Both the monastery and the church are recognized as national heritage sites.
- Sint-Catharinakerk, Stratumseind 2 (Centre). Open for visitors Tue-Fri 9.30AM-5PM, Sat 10AM-5PM, Sun 10AM-12AM (but church services take place on Sundays). Neo-Gothic Catholic church in the city center, built in 1861 and designed by Pierre Cuypers, a famous Dutch architect
- Sint Joriskerk, Sint Jorislaan bij 51 (Stratum). This 1884 Neo Gothic church was designed by Hendrik Jacobus van Tulder and built in the shape of a basilica. With its height of 91 meter it is the highest church of Eindhoven.
- Sint Martinuskerk, 't Hofke 1 (Tongelre). This Neo Gothic church was designed by Emmanuel Corbey and built in 1888. The two towers on either side of the main portal are unfinished.
- Sint Petruskerk, Kloosterdreef (Woensel). This Neo Gothic church was designed by Louis Kooken and built in 1875.
- Commonwealth War Cemetery, Baffinlaan 1 (Woensel). The commonwealth war cemetery is part of the General Cemetery in Woensel. Of all the soldiers who are buried on the Eindhoven cemetery about four fifth belonged to the air force, and died in the period between 1941 and 1944 during attacks over this part of Holland or on the return route from missions to Germany. The soldiers of the ground army who are buried here died between September 1944 and May 1945. During almost this entire period the 79th and 86th British general hospitals were located in Eindhoven. There are nearly 700, 1938-1945 war victims buried on this cemetery of which 679 victims have been identified.
- Jewish Cemetery, Groenewoudseweg 4 (Woensel). This Jewish cemetery is a national heritage site of the Netherlands
Museums & Galleries
- Van Abbemuseum, Bilderdijklaan 10, , e-mail:[email protected]. Tue-Sun 11AM-5PM. The Van Abbemuseum is one of the leading museums for modern and contemporary art. The impressive collection includes works of Picasso, Chagall, Kandinsky, El Lissitzky, Theo van Doesburg, Mondriaan and Appel. January 2003 the completely renovated museum opened its doors again. The museum café is a pleasant place next to the Dommel river and can be visited on its own (free). Ever first Thursday evening of the month, admission to the museum is free from 5 PM. €9, students: €4.
- DAF Museum, Tongelresestraat 27, , e-mail:[email protected]. Learn all about the history and designs of DAF vehicles from 1928 till the present day. The collection includes trucks, extraordinary cars and other DAF-products, but also 1930 shops and company offices from old times.
- Eindhoven Museum(Formerly known as Historic Open Air Museum), Boutenslaan 161 B, , e-mail:[email protected].Daily Apr-Oct 11AM-5PM. Closed from Nov-Mar. Travel back into Eindhoven's history. This historic museum boost reconstructions of an Iron Age village, a farm around the year 1000 and the Medieval town of Eindhoven. Try visiting during weekends or holidays, when there are extra activities. €8.50.
- De Fabriek, Baarsstraat 38, , e-mail:[email protected]. De Fabriek (The Factory) is a workspace for artists and designers. The space is made available to professional artists who want to develop themselves and their work in the area of The Factory. They present their work after a working period.
- MU Artspace, Emmasingel 20 (in the Witte Dame, opposite the Public Library on the first floor.), , e-mail:[email protected]. Mu brings expositions about the hybrid visual culture of now and later. It aims to be 'an adventurous guide to all art lovers with a keen interest in the energetic mix of art, design, popculture and new media.' Also popular with young people (under age 35). It often has lectures or other activities on Thursdays.
- Philips Museum, Emmasingel 31, , e-mail: [email protected]. Tue-Sun 11AM-5PM. Philips first factory lies right in the heart of the city. The Philips museum provides a fascinating picture of the way in which Philips evolved from a small incandescent lamp manufacturer into a large and prestigious international group of companies. The museum is re-opened on April 5th 2013. Children €4.00. Adults €8.00.
- Ton Smits House, Jacob Reviuslaan 25, , e-mail: [email protected]. Only on Wednesdays, from 11AM till 5PM, unless you make an appointment.. Take a look in this former studio and residence of Dutch cartoonist and artist Ton Smits, who drew hundreds of humour-sketches in well known American magazines including The New Yorker and The Saturday Evening Post. He lived and worked in Eindhoven from 1957 until his death in 1981. €2.50.
Things to do
Eindhoven is perhaps the liveliest city in the South of the Netherlands. If you're willing to get informed, you'll find events are taking place at almost any given time. If you're flexible in planning, try to visit during one of the main events like GLOW or the Dutch Design Week. When you've had enough of the urban vibe, just head for one of the many natural areas around and see a whole different side of the Eindhoven region.
- Dive into Eindhoven's industrial history. Walk by former industrial complexes in the center, such as the Lichttoren (one of the cities main landmarks), the Admirant and the Witte Dame. Visit Philips' first Incandescent Lamp Factory of 1891, now a small museum. Just outside the center you'll find Strijp-S, with the famous Klokgebouw (Clock building). The robust former factory buildings of this Philips area are now being transformed into the bustling creative heart of the city. An English bike route along the main Philips-sights is for available at the tourist information office for €2. To get an idea of that other major industry that has shaped the city, visit the DAF-truck museum.
- Explore Eindhoven's historic heritage. Rent a bike at the train station and visit a selection of the 140 Rijksmonumenten (National Heritage Sites)[www], also outside of the direct city center. Or go back in time at the Historic OpenAir Museum, where you can experience life in Eindhoven during the Middle Ages and before.
- If you're into design, try to visit the city during the Dutch Design Week. Check the website of the Design Academy for any upcoming events or their graduates exhibition around October. On Strijp-S you can visit the large shop, workshop and restaurant of world famous designer Piet Hein Eek.
- Recreation area The Genneper Parks provides ample opportunities to relax and enjoy nature, but also allow for an active day trip. The Milieu Education Center [www] provides walking routes, including a GPS track through the park. There's a biological farm and shop, a cartoonmuseum, a restaurant with midgetgolf options and several sports facilities. For example, take a dive in Zwemcentrum de Tongelreep, one of Europe's largest swimming centers. From autumn till late spring you can visit the ice skating center [www]
There are signed bicycle tours in and around Eindhoven. Just rent a bike and explore the surrounding villages, forests and heaths.
- NS train station (In the hall of the railway station is an access down to the bicycle cellar), .Price/deposit for standard bike €7,50/€50,
- Peter Heerings & ZN, Moreelselaan 56, .Prices: standard bike €8, E-bike €20
- VVV tourist information office, Stationsplein (Just outside the railway station), . Price/deposit for standard bike €9,50/€50, electric bike €19/€75, scooter €25/€100
- Rondje Eindhoven (Around Eindhoven): This cycling tour starts at theVVV tourist information office. It leads all around the city over 75 km, divided into 3 rounds of 20 to 25 km. Just follow the route signs. For €2 you can buy a map at the tourist office with route information.
- Philips Architectuurroute (Philips Architecture tour): This tour traces the influence of the presence of the Philips company for more than a century in Eindhoven. The tour leads you along different buildings and objects that are related to Philips. The trip is 18 kilometers and takes about 1.5 to 2 hours. More information at the VVV tourist office.
- ANWB cycling tours: Around Eindhoven are several cycling tours from about 50–80 km distance. These lead through fields, forests, heath and villages. All tours are numbered and are easy to follow over specially laid bike lanes. There are plenty of places for a picnic, lunch or to have a drink. Maps are available at the tourist information office or can be downloaded from the ANWB [www] website (€1.30 per map).
Concerts & theater
- Dynamo, Catharinaplein 21, . You'll find the country's largest youth center, Dynamo, in the heart of Eindhoven. It offers a wide variety of activities, from workshops, community and popular art projects to dancing, sports and concerts. All different youth cultures are welcome here, including the hiphop, dance, house, rock and metal scene.
- Effenaar, Dommelstraat 2(Diagonally opposite the train station), , e-mail: [email protected]. Besides a bar/restaurant, the Effenaar houses 2 large halls for concerts and dance events. It offers a stage for local talent but also receives major international artists.
- Muziekgebouw Frits Philips, Heuvel Galerie 140, . This large music center in the heart of the city offers a broad range of concerts, varying from jazz and classical to world music and acoustic rock.
- Parktheater, Elzentlaan 50, , e-mail:[email protected]. This large and modern theater on the edge of the Stadswandelpark offers over 500 theater activities a year.
- Natlab, Kastanjelaan 500 (Strijp S), , e-mail:[email protected]. Natlab (before Plaza Futura) is a cultural meeting place for contemporary art with film (mostly classics and art house films) as a basis.
- The Rambler, Stationsweg 12, , e-mail:[email protected]. Blues, Hardcore, Punk and Rock. Open podium 2 or 3 Thursdays a month for all styles.
- Ice Sport Centre Eindhoven, Antoon Coolenlaan 3, , e-mail: [email protected]. This in- and outdoor ice skate track is closed during summer. €7.40/€5.10.
- Aquabest, . April 1 until September 30. 10am-8pm. Natural swimming, beach, all kind of water activities.€5.
- De Ijzerenman (Iron man), Javalaan 149, , e-mail: [email protected]. Natural swimming. The lake is only opened in summer. €5.80.
- Ir. Ottenbad, Vijfkamplaan 12, . Indoor 25 meter pool. Outdoor swimming pools only opened in summer.€5.80.
- National Swimming Centre Tongelreep, Antoon Coolenlaan 1, , e-mail: [email protected]. 10AM-9PM. The largest swimming pool complex in Europe, with a subtropical pool and some fun features like a wave machine. €4/€10/€4.90.
- Philips Stadion, Frederiklaan 8, , e-mail:[email protected]. Eindhoven is internationally known for its soccer team PSV Eindhoven, which belongs to the top teams in the country. There is a possibility to visit (guided tour) the Philips Stadium (Max. Att. 34.600). However, there is a need to book this several weeks before visiting, as the minimum group requirement (also accumulated) is 20 persons. When there is no tour available, you are able to enter the stadium though restaurant "de Verlenging" which is on the South-East side of the stadium, having a small terrace inside the stadium. A combined tour is also on offer that combines the visit of the Philips Stadium and the Bavaria (Beer)-Brewery in Lieshout. The stadium can also be used for private events.
- Monk bouldergym, Strijp S, gebouw SBX, , e-mail: [email protected]. Mon 18:00-23:00, Tue-Fri 12:30-23:00, Sat 10:00-18:00, Sun 10:00-22:00. Indoor climbing hall with 200 bouldering routes. €10.
Parks & gardens
Despite it's industrial character, Eindhoven is in fact the "greenest" of the five largest cities in the country. Even within the province of North-Brabant, it is the greenest of the top 5 cities there. The park and grass fields around Lake Karpendonck make a great place for a summer picnic. If you're up for a stroll, try the City Walking Park (Stadswandelpark), at walking distance from the center and decorated with some 30 sculptures. Just south of the Stadswandelpark lie the larger Genneper Parks where nature and recreational activities come together (see above under "Do"). Within the Genneper Parks you'll find the Heempark Frater Simon Deltour, with example gardens showing original regional landscape types and natural habitat. The Philips van Lenneppark in the north of the city was named after Frits Philips' wife, whose maiden name was van Lennep. The family donated the park to the city for the 75 year anniversary of the Philips company. It houses a playground, skate park and petting zoo. Older is the Philips de Jonghpark just 1 km to the north between the Oirschotsedijk and the railway. This park was donated in 1920 by Anton Philips (the father of Frits) and his wife, whose maiden name was De Jongh. In the middle of the park is a pavilion for drinks and snacks.
Festivals and events
Eindhoven is a large and bustling city, with a full agenda. Dozens of large and small events are organized each year, a number of which are unsurprisingly about artificial light and design. Some of the major ones are listed below, but check the agenda on the tourist information website to see what's planned during your visit.[www]
- Brabant Open Air (BOA), Strijp S (Close to train station Beukenlaan), e-mail:[email protected]. Fri 8pm-11.30pm. Sat noon-11.45pm.A two-day city festival with artists from Brabant as well as national and international artists. Since 2009 it has become an annual event that takes place in early September.Fri €25. Sat €37.50.
- Carnival, All over the city. Five days of Carnival in almost all pubs. Street Carnival in the centre and the traditional parade on Saturday.
- Dutch Design Week, All over the city. During the Dutch Design Week in October Eindhoven is all about design, in all its disciplines and aspects. Some 1500 designers display their work and over 300 different events and activities are organized throughout the city. There are workshops, lectures, seminars, shows and exhibitions. Many activities require registration in advance and for some you'll have to pay.
- Eindhoven Culinair, Stadswandelpark (Next to the Parktheater), e-mail: [email protected]. Four days in May during Pentecost.About 30 local selected restaurants get the opportunity to present themselves with an assortment of their specialties. All dishes are prepared on the spot.
- Eindhoven Marathon. The Eindhoven marathon is an annual marathon held since 1956. The event always takes place in October. The marathon of Eindhoven is after Amsterdam and Rotterdam the largest marathon in the Netherlands. Since 2004 the track has been adjusted several times for making it become a real city marathon. On this marathon applies a time limit of five hours running. In addition to the full marathon this running event also includes a half marathon, a 6 km run and a 3 km run. €42.
- Glow Eindhoven. Glow is an International Forum of Light in Art and Architecture, Eindhoven at it's best. The city center becomes the stage for interventions, installations, performances and events - all celebrating the phenomena of artificial light. Buildings are illuminated artistically, there are luminous works of art and more, making this week a great time for an evening walk through town. In 2013 it's held from Nov. 9th to 16th. There are different locations and opening hours.
- Light Tour. One week in September. In order to commemorate the liberation of Eindhoven after the Second World War, volunteers and sponsors join forces each year to put a 22 km illuminated "Light route" trough Eindhoven in place. It features thousands of light bulbs, LED's and gas-discharge lamps, illuminating fairy tale designs and other subjects. This tradition was initiated right after the war, dropped for years but reinstalled in 1984. The lights are turned on every evening from 7.30 til 11.30PM for a week, starting on September 18. You can take the route individually, on foot, by car or by bike. There's also one organized group bike tour and a bus tour: ask the Tourist Information Office. Free of charge.
- Music on the Dommel, River Dommel (Between the van Abbe Museum and Stratumseind), , e-mail:[email protected]. Two full days at the end of May or the begin of June. Music on the Dommel is the ability for musical groups from Eindhoven and surroundings to present themselves on a big stage to a wide audience. Free.
- Park Hilaria Fair, Kennedylaan (Directly north of the train station).Eindhoven's large annual funfair brings over a 100 big and small attractions to the Kennedylaan, which is closed down entirely to host the event. You'll find thrill rides, children's rides, games, street theater, music and of course lots of food and drinks. It lasts a week and usually takes place around the beginning of August. There's no entry fee but you'll pay for the attractions.
- XO Live (Extrema' Outdoor), Aquabest, e-mail: [email protected]. A full day about half July from 10pm-11am. Dance festival on the beach of Aquabest with a wide range of performers Regular €59.
Bars and eateries's opening times in the city centre are usually until 2AM during the week, and 4AM on a Friday and Saturday. Student-nights in Eindhoven are Thursdays. The city's late nightlife mostly takes place in Stratumseind, a street literally filled with bars and fast food places, and the Market Square. The Stationsplein and adjoining Dommelstraat has a few bars too and for a less main stream experience, try the places on the Kleine and Grote Berg which are also more popular with an artistic crowd. Main party days are Thursday to Sunday, and you might find some places to be closed on other days.
On a sunny day, the Grand Café terraces on the Market Square fill up in no time. This is the heart of the city, where the shopping crowd sits down for a break, colleagues drink an after work beer and friends meet over coffee or cocktails. You'll find a number of places on and around the Square. Most of them also serve meals.
- O-Sheas (Irish pub), Jan van Lieshoutstraat 9, .Just off the main square, this place has a great atmosphere, great beer, live music at the weekend after 10:30PM. Sports events, especially football, are shown on two big screens.
- De Vooruitgang, Markt 11, , e-mail: [email protected]. This "City-café" is quite similar to the ones next to it, but a long time favorite and repeatedly listed as having the best terrace in the city. They also serve food, but to choose from the full menu you have to take a table in the 1st floor restaurant. After about 10PM the music volume is turned up.
- The Little One, J v Lieshoutstrt. 26, . Extremely small and somewhat harder to find pub, specialised in cocktails and whiskey.
Stationsplein & Dommelstraat
The Stationsplein lies directly across the street from the train station. It has some "Grand cafés", dancing bars and terraces. The Dommelstreet with all it's restaurants is a side-street of the Stationsplein and has a bunch of good bars too. All the way at the end of the Dommelstreet you'll find the Effenaar, Eindhoven's main popular music music stage.
- De Effenaar, . A young 'underground' venue for gigs and DJ's. The terrace can be a good place to lounge on a warm evening.
- Leefcafé Het Spiegelbeeld, Dommelstraat 22, . This laid-back "Living-café" wants its visitors to feel at home and plays a broad range of recognizable music, ranging from rock, salsa and modern pop to hits from the 70's and even the incidental house track. They serve small dishes
- Liquid. which is for people aged 23 or over, where you can party-on-down to music from the 70's and 80's!
- Mundial Cocktail Bar, Dommelstraat 13, .Trendy place with a good range of cocktails.
- Ramblers, . More rock/metal oriented with live music on many nights.
Go for a pub-crawl in the longest pub-street in the Netherlands. With over 40 bars and a number of places to eat, Stratumseind is Eindhoven's main nightlife area. Bar-hopping is the best way to get the Stratumseind-vibe. Its venues attract renown DJ's on a regular basis and when the weather allows the street becomes part of the party ground. The eating places stay open late, even after the bars close, to allow for the essential bite afterwards. The bars include:
'De Bergen' is a piece of old Eindhoven, which is still in reasonably original condition. The pleasant bars and restaurants on the 'Kleine Berg' are popular with the more artistic members of the public. It is a few minutes' walk through the narrow streets to Wilhelminaplein.
In this characteristic square there are authentic brown bars, terraces and live-performances. In summer, open-air performances are regularly organized. Every Sunday afternoon and Monday evening stunning live performances are given at café Wilhelmina.
- Café Wilhelmina, Wilhelminaplein 6, . An old-fashioned but cosy café. You can play darts, every Sunday afternoon and Monday evening live performances are given and once a month there is a bal folk.
- De Gaper, Wilhelminaplein 5, . This bar specializes in distillates and serves over 200 different sorts of whisky.