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You'll find plenty of mid-range 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[http://www.iens.nl/restaurant/eindhoven] or Eet.nu. They are mostly in Dutch, but numerical ratings will give you an idea of popularity at least.
  
* <eat name="Gauchos Steak House" alt="" address="Stationsplein 7" directions="" phone="+31 (0)40 245-0298" email="" fax="" url="http://www.gauchosgrill.nl" hours="" price=""></eat>
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* <eat name="Soho Kitchen" alt="" address="Jan van Lieshoutstraat 24A" directions="" phone="+31 (0)40 236-4228" url="http://soho-eindhoven.nl" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">They serve Sushi and a variety of Asian dishes. All you can eat or a la carte.</eat>
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* <eat name="Eetcafé Bommel" alt="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." address="Kleine Berg 32 " directions="" phone="+31 (040) 245 29 22 " email="" fax="" url="http://www.bommeleindhoven.nl " hours="" price="12.50"></eat>
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* <eat name="Yakitory & the Sushi's" alt="" address="Grote Berg 30" directions="" phone="+31 (040) 243 27 00" url="http://soho-eindhoven.nl" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">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. </eat>
 
* <eat name="Coco Sushi & Noodles" alt="Traditional Japanese Restaurant" address="Kleine Berg 149" directions="" phone="+31 (0)40 244-1927" email="" fax="" url="http://www.cocosushi.nl" hours="" price=""></eat>
 
* <eat name="Coco Sushi & Noodles" alt="Traditional Japanese Restaurant" address="Kleine Berg 149" directions="" phone="+31 (0)40 244-1927" email="" fax="" url="http://www.cocosushi.nl" hours="" price=""></eat>
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===Mid-Range===
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* <eat name="Smalle Haven" alt="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." address="Smalle Haven 2-14 " directions="" phone="+31 (040) 296 00 98" email="" fax="" url="http://http://www.smallehaven.com/" hours="" price=""></eat>
 
   
 
   
There are many more interesting places to eat in Eindhoven than these three, including two one michelin star places. The websites that exist are badly maintained or in Dutch or both.
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===Splurge===
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*<eat name="Avant-Garde van Groeninge" alt="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." address="Frederiklaan 10d" directions="" phone="+31(040) 250 56 40  " email="" fax="" url="http://www.avant-garde.nl" hours="" price=""></eat>
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==

Revision as of 19:33, 22 July 2011

Eindhoven is a city in the Netherlands, in the province of North-Brabant. It is the 5th largest city in The Netherlands, with a population of around 213.000 people. Its recent history is dominated by industrial development, with an original focus on tobacco and textile but later on lightning (Philips) and the automobile industry (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, the city has become the capital of Dutch industrial design over the past decade.

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Understand

Eindhoven saw the establishment of electronics multinational Philips, which was founded as a light bulb manufacturing company in 1891 and was headquartered in Eindhoven until 1997. 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.

Although Eindhoven is an old city, with town 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 2 and post-war reconstruction was focused on ambitious, modernist plans with little respect for the historic heritage that was left. Nevertheless, there are 140 Rijksmonumenten (National Heritage Sites). in and directly around the city, including many 19th and early 20th century buildings and a handful of older ones.

History

In 1232 the little village of Eindhoven was chartered by Henry I, Duke of Brabant. Eventually it established itself as a trade location enroute from Holland to Liège. Its industrial activities initially centred around tobacco and textiles.

The Netherlands and Spain alternated ownership of Eindhoven during the Dutch Revolt. Spanish troops demolished the city walls and took over in 1583 but in 1629 Eindhoven became part of the Netherlands again and it was there to stay.

Due to the presence of Phillips and other major industry, Eindhoven has developed as a major player in the global industrial design scene. It is considered to be the epicenter of dutch design with such institutions as the Design Academy, the Maarten Baas studio, and the Dutch Design Week that takes place every October.

Get in

Eindhoven is a rail transport node with connections in the directions of:

  • 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

Eindhoven Airport is an airport with some international destinations, just 5 kilometers outside the city. There are flights with Air France (CityJet) airline to London City; Ryanair serves Alghero, Alicante, Brindisi, Dublin, Faro, Girona, London-Stansted, Madrid, Màlaga, Malta, Marseille, Milan-Orio al Serio, Oslo-Rygge, Pescara, Pisa, Porto, Reus, Rome-Ciampino, Stockholm-Skavsta, Trapani. Wizzair serves Budapest, Sofia, Katowice, Brno, Praha, Wroclaw, Warsaw and Gdansk. Transavia serves Alicante, Antalya, Bodrum, Corfu, Dalaman, Faro, Málaga, Palma de Mallorca and Rhodes. There is an airport shuttle between the trainstation and airport. Tickets can be bought at the airport bus stand. Alternately, bus no. 401 goes directly from the airport to Eindhoven's main train station in the city center every 10 minutes.

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.

Get around

Eindhoven has an extensive bus network. A cheap way to get around is by using the "Dalurendagkaartje" bus ticket: unlimited travel after 9.00 and the weekends within the province Noord-Brabant for € 3. Of course, like every city in the Netherlands, the best way to get around in the city is by bike.

You can rent a bicycle at the train station and go for a ride, a nice typical dutch way to explore a bit more then just the citycentre. If you have seen enough of Eindhoven and want to explore more of the Netherlands then it is very easy to take the train to other cities. Many places can be reached within an hour, for example Breda (40 min), Tilburg (25 min), Utrecht (50 min), maastricht (60 min), Amsterdam (1.20 hours).

Taxistands can be found on both the north- and south side of the railway station. Eindhoven Airport has got it's taxistand (50 meters from the terminal entrance/exit.

List with taxi services:

PIN Taxi Eindhoven [1]

See

Museums

The major museums in the city are:

  • Van Abbemuseum, [2]. 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.
  • Artificial Light in Art Centre 'Kunstlicht in de kunst, [3]. A unique collection of paintings and sculptures with artificial light as the central theme. You only realise after a visit to this centre what the part of artificial light is in everyday life, now and in the past. 600 works are on permanent exhibition and at the same time, temporary exhibitions are held regularly. The museum is housed in the very first Philips Incandescent Lamp factory.
  • Philips first Incandescent Lamp Factory of 1891, [4]. A unique collection of paintings and sculptures with artificial light as the central theme. You only realise after a visit to this centre what the part of artificial light is in everyday life, now and in the past. 600 works are on permanent exhibition and at the same time, temporary exhibitions are held regularly. The museum is housed in the very first Philips Incandescent Lamp factory.

Others

Eindhoven is also known for its soccerteam PSV Eindhoven. There is a possibility to visit (Guided Tour) the Philips Stadium (Max. Att. 34.600) 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.

Do

  • 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. To get an idea of that other major industry that has shaped the city, visit the Daf-museum.
  • Explore Eindhovens 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. Go back in time at the Historic OpenAir Museum, where you can experience life in Eindhoven during the Middle Ages and before.
  • Recreation area The Genneper Parks provide ample opportunities to relax and enjoy nature, but also allow for an active day trip. The Milieu Education Center[5] 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 Europes largest swimming centers. From autumn till late spring you can visit the ice skating center[6]
  • If you're into design, try to visit the city during the Dutch Design Week [7]. 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.

Buy

With the covered shopping centre 'De Heuvel Galerie', large department stores including the exclusive 'De Bijenkorf' and an extensive selection of boutiques an specialist shops, the centre of Eindhoven is the most bustling shopping centre in the South of the Netherlands. The following streets form the main, pedestrianised shopping area: 18 septemberplein, Demer, Rechtestraat, de Markt, Nieuwstraat, Hermanus Boexstraat, Vrijstraat and Hooghuisstraat.

Markets:

  • Weekly market

Tuesday 09.00 - 14.00 h. De Markt (city centre)

  • Small art & collectibles

Saturday 10.00 - 17.00 h. De Markt (city centre)

  • Weekly Woenselse market

Saturday 10.00 - 17.00 h. (near city centre to the north) Stalls selling a wide range of goods, fruit and vegetables, fish, clothing and household items.

Eat

You'll find plenty of mid-range 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[8] or Eet.nu. They are mostly in Dutch, but numerical ratings will give you an idea of popularity at least.

Budget

  • Eetcafé Bommel (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.), Kleine Berg 32, +31 (040) 245 29 22, [9]. 12.50.
  • Yakitory & the Sushi's, Grote Berg 30, +31 (040) 243 27 00, [10]. 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.
  • Coco Sushi & Noodles (Traditional Japanese Restaurant), Kleine Berg 149, +31 (0)40 244-1927, [11].

Mid-Range

  • Smalle Haven (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.), Smalle Haven 2-14, +31 (040) 296 00 98, [12].

Splurge

  • Avant-Garde van Groeninge (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.), Frederiklaan 10d, +31(040) 250 56 40, [13].

Drink

Bars and eateries's opening times in the city centre are usually until 2AM during the week, and 4AM on a friday and saturday, and student-nights in Eindhoven are thursdays. The most famous 'going out areas' in the city are:

De Markt

In a central position in the heart of the city is the Markt, where in fine weather, the terraces are immediately full. Here, you mainly find "Grand cafés" where you can eat, drink and dance. Also situated in the Markt is the legal Holland Casino.

  • O-Sheas (Irish pub), Jan van Lieshoutstraat 9, +31 (0)40 246-6213. Great atmosphere, great beer, live music at the weekend after 10:30PM. Sports events, especially football shown on two big screens.

Stationsplein

Opposite central station is Stationsplein. With its restaurants, "Grand cafés", trendy dancing bars and terraces, this is an outstanding example of an area that is made for going out. There are more pubs, bars, pleasant eating-places and restaurants in Dommelstraat (side-street off Stationsplein), two of which are particualrly popular:

  • De Effenaar. a young 'underground' venue for gigs and DJ's
  • Liquid. which is for people aged 23 or over, where you can party-on-down to music from the 70's and 80's!
  • Ramblers. more rock metal oriented

Stratumseind

For a pub-crawl, the Stratumseind is extraordinarily suited. This is the street with the most bars in the whole of the Netherlands. There are more than 40 bars and the various eating places are open until after the pubs/clubs shut down, to get that essential kebab afterwards. , and attracting big-name DJ's on a regular basis.

  • De Bier Professor. Specialist of Belgium beers
  • De Rechter. if you're looking for a decent dance-club. Housing different styles of dance under one roof. It is especially worth going here at Carnaval-time; just stand there by the side of the road, with a beer in your hand, watching all the mad, slightly enebriated people file past in the most outrageous costumes... Priceless!

De Bergen

'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.

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.

  • De Gaper. bar has some 200 different sorts of whisky
  • Café Wilhelmina, [14]. Every Sunday afternoon and Monday evening stunning live performances are given and once a month there is a bal folk.

Sleep

This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
Budget Under €50
Mid-range €50 to €100
Splurge Over €100

There are some large hotels in and just outside Eindhoven. There are also a lot of smaller (cheaper) hotels dotted around, but the best place to start is to get information at the VVV (tourist info) office just outside Eindhoven Central Station.

An alternative might be one of the bed&breakfasts. These are smaller places which are normally much cheaper (around €30) then the hotels (>€50) but most of them don't have a website. You can find some on the tourist information website: [15]

Budget

  • StayOkay, Valkenswaard (by bus in 35 minutes (€2)). They are booked full a lot of times. €18.
  • Pension Eindhoven, different places in Eindhoven, [16]. They are mostly aiming at companies, but the prices are low and the locations quite central. €22,50.
  • 3BE Backpacker's Hostel, [17]. Brand new hostel aimed at backpackers €25.

Mid-range

  • A&E Pension, (3 km from centre), +31 (0)6 5201-5946. €25.
  • Budget Hotel, (city centre (5 min walk from trainstation), [18]. €26.
  • De Luytelaer, (3 km from centre), +31 (0)40 242-0385, [19]. €30.
  • B&B van der Mijl, (3 km from centre), +31 (0)40 243-7979. €30.
  • B&B De Ster, (2 km from centre), +31 (0)40 211-5487. €30.

Splurge

  • The Holiday Inn, city-center.
  • Motel Eindhoven, (just on the outskirts of Eindhoven to the south). don't be fooled by the 'motel'-bit: it's a hotel
  • Dorint Hotel, (Located in the city centre).
  • Park Plaza Mandarin Eindhoven, Geldropseweg 17, +31 (0) 40 - 2146500 (, fax: +31 40 21 21 555), [20]. Located in the city centre and close to the train station, has an indoor swimming pool and 3 restaurants From €69.

Get out

The small scale rural countryside around the city is also worth a visit. In the east is the village Nuenen, 11 km from central Eindhoven, where van Gogh was practicing as beginning painter, from 1882-1885. His favorite spots are marked there, and his father lies buried in the local cemetery. Beside that, there are many marked bicycle routes. Even to Belgium, which is only a stone's throw away. For maps and/or more information, you can visit the 'VVV' office (tourist information) on the Stationsplein.

If you are going to Amsterdam from Eindhoven Airport there are two options:

  • Airexpressbuses (www.airexpressbus.com) costs ~EUR 20 and leaves approximately four times per day on weekdays (not in sync with flights, note that it does not leave on Sundays).
  • Take regional bus 401 to Eindhoven Central (takes ~20 mins), and taking the regional train to Amsterdam. The bus leaves every half hour on weekends, and more often on weekdays (www.hermes.nl for timetable). The regional train for Amsterdam passes through every 15 minutes and takes between 1,5 hours up to 2,5 hours, and costs approx EUR 17 (www.ns.nl for tickets/timetable).


Routes through Eindhoven
AmsterdamDen Bosch  N noframe S  WeertMaastricht
ZwolleNijmegen  N noframe S  END



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