Eindhoven City Center, with the Light Tower and Witte Dame on the right, the Blob on the left and the Admirant tower in the back.
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.
Right until the beginning of the 20th century, Eindhoven was no more than a village. Less than a century later its number of inhabitants had boomed to over 200,000. The main reason for this tremendous increase in size was the the establishment of electronics multinational Philips, which was founded as a light bulb manufacturing company in 1891 and was headquartered in Eindhoven until 1997. As Philips grew, the city of Eindhoven grew with it to feed the company's constantly growing need for workers. Philips' strong presence in the city gained it the title of "Lichtstad" (City of Light) and is still prominent today, as many of its former buildings are considered valuable industrial heritage and have been renovated. Frits Philips (1905-2005), who lead the company for decades, was the city's main beneficiary and was extremely popular among the people of Eindhoven. When walking the streets of Eindhoven today, you'll find his and other names associated with Philips everywhere. Parks, theaters, sports facilities and many streets are named in their honor.
Although Eindhoven is an old city, with town and market rights already awarded in 1232, little of this long history is visible when exploring its center today. Large parts of the city were destroyed during air raids in World War II and post-war reconstruction was focused on ambitious, modernist plans with little respect for the historic heritage that was left. Nevertheless, there are 140 national heritage sites (Rijksmonumenten) in and directly around the city, including many 19th and early 20th century buildings and a handful of older ones.
Looks can be deceiving, when it comes to Eindhoven's history. Modern as the city is today, it is in fact one of the oldest towns in the Netherlands. Henry I, Duke of Brabant, already chartered the then little village of "Endehoven" in 1232, as part of his extensive town planning process. Eventually the town established itself as a trade location en route from Holland to Liège. Its industrial activities initially centered around tobacco and textiles.
The city was destroyed and rebuilt several times in its written history. Despite late 14th century improvements to its fortifications, and the establishment of a castle within the city walls in the 15th century, Eindhoven was plundered and burned by the Guelders in 1486. No more than 6 houses remained. Rebuilding took almost 20 years and left the town in poverty, with the fortifications being neglected. This resulted in another plundering in 1543. That same year a fire ruined most of the city. During the Dutch Revolt the city repeatedly alternated ownership between the Dutch and Spanish, was burned down again, besieged for 3 months and finally captured by Spanish troops in 1583. When the French armies took over the already weakened city some years later, large parts of it were destroyed yet again. In 1629 Eindhoven finally became part of the Netherlands, but its tumultuous history left it a damaged and minor city.
This would change with the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. Due to the presence of Philips, DAF trucks and some other major industry, Eindhoven has developed as a major player in the global technical and industrial design scene. It is considered to be the epicenter of Dutch design with such institutions as the Design Academy and the Dutch Design Week that takes place every October.
VVV Eindhoven Tourist Office, Stationsplein (Right in front of the train station with exiting on the center side.), ☎ +31 (0)40 2979100, . Mon 10:00-18:00; Tue-Fri 09:00-18:00; Sat 10:00-17:00 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. edit
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. As in all Dutch cities, parking in the city center is quite expensive and during rush hours the main streets can be jammed.
Eindhoven Airport (EIN), the largest regional airport in the Netherlands, is located just 5 kilometers from the city. The airport is served by a number of low-cost carriers with daily or weekly flights to many destinations in Europe, Turkey and Morocco. Ryanair(FR) operates frequent flights to Agadir, Alghero, Alicante, Bordeaux, Brindisi, Budapest, Carcassonne, Catania, Chania, Dublin, Faro, Fez, Girona, Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Knock, Krakow, Lanzarote, Málaga, Malta, Marrakesh, Marseille, Milan Bergamo, Palma de Mallorca, Porto, Pisa, Reus, Roma-Ciampino, Sevilla, Stockholm-Skavsta, Trapani, Warsaw-Modlin and London-Stansted.
Transavia(HV) serves Alicante, Antalya, Athens, Barcelona, Berlin-Tegel, Bodrum, Bologna, Copenhagen, Dalaman, Faro, Heraklion, Ibiza, Innsbruck, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen, Kos, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Lisbon, Madrid, Malaga, Naples, Nice, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodos, Salzburg, Valencia and Venice.
Low-cost carrier Wizz Air(W6) flies to Belgrade, Brno, Bucharest, Budapest, Cluj-Napoca, Debrecen, Gdańsk, Katowice, Riga, Skopje, Sofia, Vilnius, Warsaw-Chopin and Wrocław. ArkeFly(OR) and Corendon Airlines(7H) operate charter flights to Antalya and Bodrum in Turkey.
The easiest way to get from the airport to the city center of Eindhoven is by taking bus 400 (direct) or 401 to Eindhoven Station. Tickets can be bought from the ticket machines at the bus stop or from the driver (€3.50). The bus leaves at least every 10 minutes and takes ±20 minutes. From the main train station, there is a direct Intercity train connection to Amsterdam Central station (direction Alkmaar) and Schiphol Airport, both leaving every 30 minutes and taking just under 90 minutes.
There is also an airport shuttle between the train station and airport. Tickets can be bought at the airport bus stand.
AirExpressBus operates an express bus service from Eindhoven Airport to 's-Hertogenbosch (€10 one-way / €18 return), Utrecht (60 minutes; €17 one-way / €30 return) and Amsterdam (1:45h; €24 one-way / €40 return). Buses leave 5-7 times per day from Mon-Sun. They also operate a twice-daily (Mon-Sun) bus service to/from Turnhout (60 minutes; €20 one-way / €38 return) and Antwerp-Berchem train station (90 minutes; €25 one-way / €47 return) in Belgium. Another bus service serves Airport Weeze in Germany (90 minutes; €19 one-way / €35 return). Check http://www.airexpressbus.com/ for up-to-date information. There is a €1.50 discount for all online bookings.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is the primary international airport in the Netherlands and the 13th airport in the world and the 4th in Europe, with connections to many destinations in the USA, South America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
There is a half-hourly Intercity train service connecting Schiphol Airport with Eindhoven. You can also take the train with direction Alkmaar and change trains at Utrecht Centraal. The journey takes just under 90 minutes and tickets cost (€19,20 one-way / €38,40 same-day return). Like with all domestic trains, there is no reservation required; tickets can be bought from the ticket machines or from the counter (surcharge).
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. There's a secondary station called Eindhoven Beukenlaan, located next to the former Philips business park Strijp-S. This station is served by regional trains.
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 station.
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) or in the basement of the Heuvelgalerie (entrance on the north-west corner). However, they close around 8 p.m. on Monday till Thursday. The guarded bike park in the train station has broader opening hours but costs around 1.20 EUR 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 . Note that taxi transport in the Netherlands is rather expensive. The legal starting rate of 7.50 EUR will get you 2 km. After that, you pay 2.20 EUR per km. Eindhoven Airport has its own taxi-stand (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, €1 per 30 minutes, daily max. €14. Entrance on Fellenoord.
P1 parking Mathildelaan , €1 per 30 minutes. daily max. €14. Entrance on Mathildelaan.
Terrein Stationsweg West/Oost,€1 per 30 minutes, daily max. €6,70 Entrance on Stationsweg.
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.
Van Abbemuseum, Bilderdijklaan 10, ☎ +31 (0)40 238 10 00 (email@example.com), . 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. edit
DAF Museum, Tongelresestraat 27, ☎ 040 - 24 44 364 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . 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.edit
Historic OpenAir Museum, Boutenslaan 161 B, ☎ 040-2522281 (info@HOMEindhoven.nl), . 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.edit
Museum Kempenland, St. Antoniusstraat 7 (currently closed for renovation, but scheduled to open mid-2011), ☎ +31 (0)40 - 252 90 93 (email@example.com), . This museum is in the Steentjeskerk, a church building make of tiny stones and a national heritage site itself. It houses a broad collection of material culture and art works from the region.edit
MU Artspace, Emmasingel 20 (in the Witte Dame, opposite the Public Library on the first floor.), ☎ +31402961663 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . 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, pop-culture and new media.' Also popular with young people (<35). It often has lectures or other activities on Thursdays. edit
Philips first Incandescent Lamp Factory of 1891, Emmasingel 31, . Philips first factory lies right in the heart of the city. Although the Philips factories have been relocated to other parts of the world, this little museum gives an insight in the original process of making a light bulb in the late 19th century.edit
Ton Smits House, Jacob Reviuslaan 25, ☎ +31 (0)402114786 (email@example.com), . Only on Wednesdays, from 11 a.m. till 5 p.m., 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 euro. edit
The Evoluon was built as a futuristic reminder and celebration of the city's innovative and technical character
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.edit
Evoluon, Noord Brabantlaan 1a, ☎ +31 (0)40 250 46 43, . 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.edit
Lichttoren (Light Tower), Corner of Mathildelaan and Emmasingel. On the top floors of this 7-edged, white tower building, Philips used to perform it's 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 Philps' 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.edit
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.edit
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. edit
Hovenring, . is a suspended bicycle path roundabout on the border between Eindhoven and Veldhoven in the Netherlands. It is the first suspended bicycle roundabout in the world.(51.433357,)edit
Oude Toren, Oude Torenstraat 1. 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.edit
Paterskerk, Tramstraat 37. 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.edit
Sint-Catharinakerk, Stratumseind 2. 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, build in 1861 and designed by Pierre Cuypers, a famous Dutch architectedit
Sint Joriskerk, Sint Jorislaan bij 51. This 1884 Neo Gothic church was designed by Hendrik Jacobus van Tulder and build in the shape of a basilica.edit
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 als 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), 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 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
Dynamo, Catharinaplein 21, ☎ 040 239 31 10, . You'll find the country's largest youth center, Dynamo, in the heart of Eindhoven. It offers a broad variety of activities, from workshops, community and popular art projects to dancings, sports and concerts. All different youth cultures are welcome here, including the hiphop, dance, house rock and metal scene.edit
Effenaar, Dommelstraat 2 (Diagonally opposite the train station), ☎ +31 (0)40 239 36 66, . 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.edit
Muziekgebouw Frits Philips, Heuvel Galerie 140, ☎ +31 (0)40.244 20 20, . 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. edit
Parktheater, Theaterpad 1, ☎ +31 (0)40 - 2 11 11 22, . This large and modern theater on the edge of the Stadswandelpark offers over 500 theater activities a year.edit
Plaza Futura, . Plaza Futura offers theater shows and cinema, mostly classics and art house films. edit
Stadskerk St. Cathrien (Muziek in de Cathrien), Kerkstraat 1 (Five minutes walk south of the railway station, look out for the church with the two towers), (firstname.lastname@example.org), . 'Muziek in de Cathrien' in St. Cathrine's Church offers low budget but high standard concerts every Saturday at 3pm with introductory on carillon.€7. edit
National Swimming Centre Tongelreep, ☎ +31 (0)40 238 11 12 (email@example.com), . The largest swimming pool complex in Europe, with a subtropical pool and some fun features like a wave machine.€ 8.90. edit
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. As per Januari 2008 they introduced a combined tour; Combining the visit of the Philps stadium and the Bavaria (Beer)-Brewery in Lieshout.
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 picknick. 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 Philps' 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.
During the Glow festival, Eindhoven is a stage for artificial light shows and art. Many heritage sites take part in the event, including the Light Tower.
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.
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. edit
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 2011 it's held from Nov. 5th to 12th.edit
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 11.30 p.m. for a week, starting on September 18th. 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. edit
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.edit
This organically shaped retail store/office space made almost entirely of glass is called the Blob. The illumination at night makes is one of Eindhovens new landmarks and a showcase of the city's love for industrial design.
Eindhoven is hardly a touristic city and 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.
Onigiri (onigiri t-shirts), nieuwe emmasingel 9 (Across from the Blob), ☎ +31 040 7511153, . 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.(51.44054,5.47631)edit
With some exceptions, shops close at 6 p.m. on Weekdays and 5 p.m. on Saturdays, like in the rest of the country. Friday is "buying-evening" in the city center, with shops open until 9 p.m.Although shops in principle close on Sundays, so-called "Shopping-Sundays" allow (but do not oblige) store owners to open on a number of Sundays a year. These Shopping-Sundays differ per district and are canceled during July and August in some districts. In the city center, shops are open every first Sunday of the month. For other districts, see the municipalities list .
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 the 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.
When exiting the train station on the North side, it is a 5 minute walk to the Kruisstraat. 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 Markt; Saturday 10:00-17:00; Woenselse Markt; Take bus 2 (get out at 'St. Petruskerk') or walk for ±1 km. Stalls selling a wide range of goods, fruit and vegetables, fish, clothing and household items.
Small art & antiques market; Saturday 10:00-17:00; Demer (city center)
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 or Eet.nu or delekkerstesushi.nl. 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, ☎ +31 (040) 245 29 22, . Bommel is an old time favorite among students and budget travelers. There's no menu: for a fixed amount of 12.50 euro you get a cup of soup and you can choose between the meat or vegetarian dish of the day.edit
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. edit
Grand Café De Wildeman, Markt 10, ☎ +31 (0)40 - 245 23 00, . 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.edit
Grand Restaurant Le Connaisseur, Kleine Berg 12, ☎ +31 (0)40 - 2 460 960, . If you order your dinner before 6 p.m. 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.edit
Soho, Jan van Lieshoutstraat 24A, ☎ 040-2364228, . 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. edit
The Trafalgar Pub, Dommelstraat 21, ☎ +31 (0)40 244 88 20, . 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 euro. There's an English menu available.€12.50. edit
Authentiek Turks Restaurant Ege, Rivierstraat 36, ☎ (040) 257 33 79. This cosy restaurant is a long time favorite amongst Turkish cuisine lovers in and around the city.edit
Boekencafé Schrijvers, Dommelstraat 24, ☎ 040 236 99 52, . This cosy bookcafé is (as the name predicts) decorated with hundreds of books. The dishes on the menu are even named after popular Dutch booktitels. It's popular with an international crowd and there's an English menu available. Also a nice place to relax and have a coffee in the late afternoon or a drink after dinneredit
Cooks, Kerkstraat 30, ☎ +31 (0)40-2434114, . 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. edit
Ethiopisch Restaurant, Schootsestraat 170, ☎ +31 (0) 492 841 314, . 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.mains from €12. edit
Jiu.nu, Willemstraat 9, ☎ +31 (0)40-2027154, . 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 euro for a 4 course surprise menu. edit
Memories, Dommelstraat 36, ☎ +31 (0)40 237 72 02. Memories has a rather average menu but the food is okay. Mostly, it's nice and cosy atmosphere makes it a pleasant place for dinner.€25. edit
New York Café, Dommelstraat 9, ☎ (040) 293 92 27. 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.edit
Papadopoulos, Kerkstraat 40, ☎ +31 (040) 243 50 10, . Nicely decorated Greek restaurant with good food in large portions.edit
Smalle Haven, Smalle Haven 2-14, ☎ +31 (040) 296 00 98, . Smalle Haven is designed as a melting pot of food, culture and shopping. The interior of this place is a mixture of Dutch design and vintage furniture. And the best part is: everything is for sale! Don't expect a menu: you'll be called to the chef, who will tell you what he has to offer today.edit
Vintage, Kerkstraat 3, ☎ +31 (040) 237 7997, . Small but delicate restaurant. Surprise menu 25€ for 3 courses, 30€ for 4. Good wine list with a handful of wines by the glass. Food fresh, innovative and very tasteful.€30. edit
Wiesen, Kleine Berg 10, ☎ +31 (040) 244 66 66, . A fairly new, trendy little restaurant with an ambitious cuisine. Count on about 40 euro for a 4 course surprise dinner, but the food is good and original.edit
Vlijtig Liesje, Ten Hagestraat 2, ☎ +31 (0)40 2370101, . Housed in the beautiful Villa Ravensdonck, the last remaining part of the old city castle. It's an all you can eat-place, with lots of small dishes to choose from.€21.50. edit
Yakitory & the Sushi's, Grote Berg 30, ☎ +31 (040) 243 27 00, . Popular place for all-you-can-eat sushi. The sushi may not be phenomenal but it's quite okay and with 22.50 euro for an all-you-can-eat menu well worth the money. edit
Yokohama, Stationsplein, ☎ toon telefoonnummer (040) 246 55 91, . 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. edit
Avant-Garde van Groeninge, Frederiklaan 10d, ☎ +31(040) 250 56 40, . 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.edit
Karpendonkse Hoeve, Sumatralaan 3, ☎ +31 (040) 281 36 63, . 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.edit
De Luytervelde, Jo Goudkuillaan 11 (Outside the center, on the edge of villa area Acht-Zuid), ☎ +31 (040) 262 31 11, . 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.edit
The Market Square terraces are a popular place to linger on a sunny afternoon
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 litteraly 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.
Grand Café De Wildeman, Markt 10, ☎ +31 (0)40 - 245 23 00, . Live music is arranged irregularly, but a popular place on other days too.edit
O-Sheas (Irish pub), Jan van Lieshoutstraat 9, ☎ +31 (0)40 246-6213. 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. edit
De Vooruitgang, Markt 11, ☎ +31 (0)40 - 243 39 95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . 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 10 p.m. the music volume is turned up.edit
The Little One, J v Lieshoutstrt. 26. Extremely small and hard to find pub, specialised in coctails and wiskey.edit
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.edit
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 dishesedit
Liquid. which is for people aged 23 or over, where you can party-on-down to music from the 70's and 80's!edit
Mundial Cocktail Bar, Dommelstraat 13, ☎ 31 40 2377900, . Trendy place with a good range of cocktails.edit
Ramblers. More rock/metal oriented with live music on many nights.edit
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 Bier Professor, Stratumseind 33, ☎ +31 (0)6 553 555 72, . Specialist of Belgium beers, with a 100 different kinds to choose from.edit
Santiago de Cuba, Stratumseind 65, ☎ 040-2069606, . closed on Mon & Wed. For an evening of Latin-American fun, move on the rhythm of Cuban Salsa in this Cuban swing café. oedit
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'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, ☎ (040) 244 72 86. 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.edit
De Gaper, Wilhelminaplein 5, ☎ +31 (0)40-246 7770, . This bar specializes in distillates and serves over 200 different sorts of whisky.edit
This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
€50 to €100
Hotel rooms are abundantly available in the city, mainly serving an international business crowd visiting the many technology initiatives. With the exception of major soccer matches in the PSV stadium, Eindhoven rarely runs out of places to stay. That being said, most accommodation is offered by large hotel chains in the city center and doesn't come cheap. Listed minimum prices can be significantly higher when the cheaper rooms are all taken, so check actual prices on the hotel or booking websites. Prices are often lower in the weekends. In many cases, €3.50 tourist tax and breakfast are not yet included.
If you're on a budget, check out the bed&breakfasts. These are smaller places which are often cheaper than the hotels (some starting around €30) but many of them don't have a website. Alternatively, consider the villages surrounding the city where you will find some smaller hotels and campsites. The best place to start is at the VVV (tourist info) office just outside Eindhoven Central Station or on their tourist information website.
3BE Backpacker's Hostel, Stratumsedijk 31, ☎ +31 (0)40 212 04 16 (email@example.com), . checkin: 2 p.m.. This hostel offers good value beds in 4 to 12 person dorms and is popular with backpackers. It's simple but clean with friendly staff, good facilities and a central location. Breakfast is not included but can be booked for an additional €7.50. €28.50. edit
Raku BB, Heezerweg 41, ☎ +31-(0)40-2112949, . This friendly bed&breakfast offers beds in 2-person rooms, with shared bathroom facilities. There's 1 single room available.€30 per bed. edit
B&B De Ster, St. Adrianusstraat 29 (3 km from centre), ☎ +31 (0)40 211-5487 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Nice and clean place with a friendly owner. Breakfast is included. It consist of two types of warm breads, juice (lemonade etc.) different types of jam/marmalade, corn flakes with nice milk from Holland, eggs and some meat, local cheese, etc. served with tea/coffee. Two double bed rooms and one single bed room is available. All rooms has got key for safety reason as well as main door key is available for the guests. Take bus number 10 from main station and get down to Sint Jansweg stop. From Jansweg stop it is just 3 minutes walk.€30 per person. edit
B&B van der Mijl, Aeneaslaan 7 (3 km from centre), ☎ +31 (0)40 243-7979. €30 p.p.. edit
Budget Hotel, http://www.budgethotel.nl/ (city centre (5 min walk from trainstation), ☎ +31 (0)40 244 8992, . Mainly targeting small companies who want to house employees, but when business is low they might accept travelers. Rooms are quite simple, but adequate.€26. edit
Musis Sacrum, Leenderweg 67/69, ☎ +31(0)40 2 11 12 75, . This simple B&B is part of a party center and offers adequate rooms at a 15 minute walk from the city center. It's a bit worn with age and the rooms can get cold in winter, but the service is friendly. There's no reception, so make arrangements for the hosts to receive you on arrival.€48 for a double. edit
Pension Eindhoven, different places in Eindhoven, . They are mostly aiming at companies, but the prices are low and the locations quite central.€22,50. edit
StayOkay, Heerkensdreef 20, Valkenswaard (by bus in 35 minutes (€2)), . Stay Okay is the most popular hostel chain in the Netherlands and has a venue in Valkenswaard. If you can't find anything in Eindhoven, this might be a good alternative. Call ahead as they are booked full regularly.€23. edit
Woonhotel Eindhoven, Leenderweg 285 blank, ☎ 31 (0) 40-2112111 (email@example.com), . checkout: 11 a.m. Although prices tend to lie just over €50 for a standard double, this is one of the few places where you have a kitchen at your disposal, allowing budget travelers to self-cater. This place has a few different locations in the city, but the main one is on the Leenderweg. Expect simple rooms and limited service.edit
Cambiance 't Witven (Camping & recreational center), Witvenseweg 6, ☎ +31 (0)40 - 230 00 43 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . The Witven offers camping grounds but is also a popular place for recreational day trips. They also rent out chalets.€23 for a campingplace for 2 people.. edit
Camping De Volmolen, Volmolen 1, Waalre (8 km from Eindhoven central station), ☎ 31 (0)40-2533498, . This camping ground is a 30 minute bus drive and then a 10 minute walk away from the city. Take bus 174, direction Bergeijk .edit
Boutique Hotel Lumière, Hooghuisstraat 31 A, ☎ +31 (0) 40 239 49 50, . Relatively small, luxurious hotel with good, clean rooms and a central location. Breakfast is served in the next door bakery, but quite good.70. edit
Crown Inn, Markt 35, . It's location right in the middle of the center, on the Markt, is this hotel's biggest asset. Rooms are clean but many have no outside facing windows. It can be quite noisy here, so ask for ear plugs at the reception or bring your own. On Sundays you can book a late check out (5 p.m.) for €12.50 extra€70. edit
Eden Crown Hotel, Vestdijk 14-16, ☎ +31 (0) 40 84 44 000, . Fairly small but good and clean rooms. Located along a busy street, but directly opposite the train station. Wifi costs extra here.€80. edit
Mercure Eindhoven, Leenderweg 80, ☎ (+31)40/2121012 (H8359@accor.com), . Still at walking distance from the center, the recently renovated Mercure hotel offers good, spacious rooms and has a friendly staff.€60. edit
Stadshotel Allicht, Wilhelminaplein 3, ☎ +31 (0)40 8200 311, . This "cityhotel" in the popular Bergen-area is nicely decorated and offers comfortable rooms. The restaurant downstairs is divided in two: a "brasserie" with terrace in the front and a more upper class (and more expensive!) restaurant in the back. The brasserie offers better value for your money, but the restaurant food is descent too. If traveling with a car, ask for a parking place when booking.€60. edit
Queen Hotel, Markt 7, ☎ +31 40 245248, . On the bustling Market Square, making it a great location but noisy when the café terraces are full. Offers nice and clean but somewhat thin-walled rooms.€60. edit
Best Western Premier Art Hotel, Mathildelaan 1, ☎ + 31 (0)40 751 3500 (email@example.com), . Not your average Best Western chain hotel. This trendy and comfortable 4-star hotel is decorated with a mixture of antiques, design and art. On top of that, it's located right in the center and in one of the cities main landmarks: the Light Tower.€170 euro. edit
The Holiday Inn, Veldmaarschalk Montgomerylaan 1, ☎ +31 (0) 40 235 8235. Recently renovated with nice and clean standard rooms, just a few hundred meters from the train- and bus station. There's an indoor pool, free wifi and a pretty good restaurant in the hotel.€115. edit
Van der Valk Hotel Eindhoven, Aalsterweg 322 (Take bus 7, 170, 171 or 172 to ''Hotel Eindhoven'' or take exit 33 on the N2 ring road. The hotel is located directly at the exit. Follow the road signs to the parking lot.), ☎ +31 (0) 40 211 60 33 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . This recently renovated hotel is located in the very south of Eindhoven, halfway between Eindhoven and Aalst. The hotel is conveniently located near the High Tech Campus, the nature reserve in the south and Golf & Country Club 'De Tongelreep'. However, public transport options to these locations are scarce, as all buses radiate from the main train station.edit
Park Plaza Mandarin Eindhoven, Geldropseweg 17, ☎ +31 (0) 40 - 2146500 (email@example.com, fax: +31 40 21 21 555), . Located in the city centre and close to the train station, has an indoor swimming pool and 3 restaurantsFrom €69. edit
Pullman Eindhoven Cocagne, Vestdijk 47, ☎ +31 (0)40 - 232 61 11, . This large 4 star hotel offers recently renovated, luxurious rooms at a great location. There's an indoor pool, fitness space and sauna. Bathroom privacy in the rooms is somewhat limited and if you like to sleep with an open window, don't take a room at the (busy) street side.€140. edit
Public library, Emmasingel 22, (firstname.lastname@example.org), . The public library in the city center has some English newspapers and magazines. The English book section is upstairs.edit
Catharina hospital, Michelangelolaan 2, ☎ (040) 2399111. The Catharina hospital has a first aid department (Eerste Hulp or EHBO). For less urgent matters, ask your hotel to contact a personal practitioner (the first doctor to turn to for non-emergencies in the Netherlands). If you need an ambulance, call the Pan-European 112 emergency code. edit
Police Station City Center, Mathildelaan 4, ☎ 0900-8844. This police station close to the train staion is open 24/7. English speaking staff are available.edit
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, ☎ +31 (0)40-2367229. Mon 11AM-7PM, Tue-Thu 9.30AM-7PM, Fri 9.30AM-9PM, Sat9.30AM-5PM. This lunchroom in Piazza Shopping Center offers free wifi.edit
McDonalds, Demer 2, ☎ +31 (0)40-2961377, . All McDonalds restaurants in the Netherlands offer free WiFi, this one included.edit
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:
The small scale rural countryside around the city has number of charming villages worth a visit. In the South East Brabant region, to which Eindhoven belongs, there are a number of natural areas and parks with marked bicycle and hiking routes. Even to Belgium, which is only a stone's throw away. Visit the tourist information office or check the specialized regional website for more information.
's-Hertogenbosch, more commonly known as Den Bosch, is a charming medieval city 30 km to the north. It can be reached from Eindhoven by taking the Intercity train in the direction of Schiphol or Alkmaar, leaving every 15 minutes from the main station. The ride takes approximately 20 minutes.
Maastricht is the southernmost 'large' city in the Netherlands and the capital of the province of Limburg. The city regarded as one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, being continuously inhabited since the Romans built a bridge across the Maas river and founded a settlement in 10 A.D. Take the direct half-hourly Intercity train from the main station or take the train towards Heerlen and transfer at Sittard. Both ways take just over one hour. From Maastricht, connecting trains leave for Visé, Bressoux and Liège in Belgium on a regular basis.
Roermond is a beautiful medieval city located at the confluence of the Roer (Rur) and Maas (Meuse) rivers. Its historic city centre is great to walk around, which includes the old market square, the town hall and two magnificent cathedrals. The city also hosts one of Europe's largest outlet shopping centres, McArthur Glen Designer Outlet. Although the outlet centre is at walking distance from the train station and city centre, regular shuttle buses to the outlet leave from the bus station. Roermond can be reached by a direct Intercity train service, leaving every 15 minutes from the main station in Eindhoven. The ride takes half an hour. Roermond's train station is conveniently located just east of the medieval centre. From the station, connecting bus services connect Roermond with numerous towns in th region, e.g. Swalmen, Venlo, Weert, Thorn, Susteren, Vlodrop, Baexem and Heythuysen. There is also a half-hourly train service to Venlo and Nijmegen.
Nuenen is a village 8km to the east. Van Gogh worked here as a beginning painter, from 1882-1885. His favorite spots are marked there, and his father lies buried in the local cemetery. Take the N270 or bus 6. Furthermore, there's a small zoo (* Dierenrijk, Baroniehei, Nuenen, ☎ +31 492-668240 (email@example.com), . 10:00-17:00. € 17,50 (€2 discount online); free for children up to 2 years old; parking: €6. edit)
Geldrop (and Mierlo), also to the east, is a municipality that basically comprises two separate villages. Geldrop has a beautiful castle, surrounded by an 1870 English garden. Take the Sprinter train towards Weert, leaving twice per hour. The ride takes only 5 minutes. Another option is to take bus 20 (direction Helmond via Asten, get out at 'Centrum'), bus 24 (direction Helmond via Mierlo; get out at 'Kasteel') or bus 10 (direction Geldrop Coevering; get out at 'Sint Anna Ziekenhuis'). The bus takes about 15-20 minutes and leaves frequently.
Veldhoven borders the city in the south-east. Take bus 402.