Though it’s one of the Netherlands’ oldest cities, Eindhoven is a modern, thriving testament to the success that follows radical innovation. Best known for its explosive growth in the technology and design industries, the city attracts European and international travellers for its impressive preservation of the history of technology, its celebrated music and art festivals, and its natural beauty. A university city with exciting nightlife, delicious dining options, and famous Carnaval celebration, Eindhoven is a delightful juxtaposition of intellectual history and simple pleasures. Visitors should take the chance and try to get a ticket to a match of the renowned football team PSV Eindhoven in the impressive Philips Stadium.
Location: An industrial city in North Brabant
The largest city in the Dutch province of North Brabant, Eindhoven is situated in the southern Netherlands. Once built at the junction of the Dommel and Gender streams, the city is now organized into seven different districts, and is part of Brabant Stad, a metropolitan area with a population of over two million inhabitants. The city features high-quality bike paths, a large railway station, and a commercial airport with a military base, making transportation efficient and accessible for locals and tourists.
Business: One of the world’s most accomplished tech cities
With over one-quarter of its employment opportunities dedicated to technology and IT fields, Eindhoven earns its international reputation as a major tech and industrial hub. As one of two headquarters cities for the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, the city is known for its cutting-edge design industry and significant contributions to the tech sphere. In addition to companies like Brabantia and DAF Trucks—Dutch manufacturers of home items and trucks, respectively—the city is the birthplace of Philips, a light bulb factory started in 1891 that has since grown into one of the most prominent and successful electronics companies in the world.
Culture: Light festivals and the evolution of technology
Nicknamed the “City of Light” due to its affiliation with the electricity industry, Eindhoven celebrates its tech culture with annual art festivals, museums, and stellar light displays. Visitors interested in learning about the prominent tech companies of the city can visit the DAF or Philips Museums to take a ride on the large-wheeled vehicles and participate in interactive exhibits. In early fall, locals and tourists can follow the Route of Lights, a creative light display that winds through the city to commemorate its liberation from World War II. The Glow Festival—an international forum on light usage in various art and architecture—attracts intellectuals and designers from across the globe, as does the Dutch Design Week held in autumn.
Activities: Modern art and massive festivals
Ranking as the Dutch city with the highest percentage of green space, Eindhoven is an ideal place to stroll around and relax in a park like Stadswandelpark. For a more energetic activity, visit the Philips Stadium to watch the PSV Eindhoven football team, and cheer with the rest of the city. Or check out one of the Netherlands’ finest contemporary art displays at the Van Abbe Museum, see a show at the Parktheatre, or walk through the city centre and gaze at the Sint-Catharinakerk church. Visitors in the summer should be sure to take advantage of Park Hilaria, Fiesta del Sol, and XO Life, an August fair, massive music and theatre festival, and popular one-day dance event, respectively.