Things to do in Eindhoven

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Discover what makes Eindhoven such an inspirational city break

Often overshadowed by the likes of Amsterdam and Rotterdam, Eindhoven is one of the Netherlands’ unsung heroes. Few people realise what a hidden gem the city is. As a focal point for art, design and technology enthusiasts, driving to Eindhoven offers plenty to inspire its visitors with the city’s ingenuity and inventiveness.

Eindhoven

Where in Europe: The Netherlands
Drive from Calais: 291km / 3h

For over a century, Eindhoven has been a hub of technological developments, and every year, thousands of design enthusiasts the world over descend upon its streets. Amazingly, as the fifth largest city in the Netherlands, it wasn’t actually until the industrial revolution that it even became a city. Since then, however, Eindhoven has flourished into a nerve centre for European innovation and technology, fostering the young talents at the Eindhoven University of Technology and the Design Academy Eindhoven.

Take a stroll around the quaint city centre
Take a stroll around the quaint city centre

As you might expect from its reputation as the design capital of the Netherlands, Eindhoven attracts many people interested in admiring its architectural verve, visiting its design hotspots and attending its many technological events. It’s easy to see why many are charmed by Eindhoven’s entrepreneurial tenacity, and it’s hard not to feel inspired by the creativity the city often celebrates.

Van Abbemuseum

The Van Abbemuseum boasts an impressive collection of modern art, including masterpieces from the likes of Picasso, Kandinsky, and Chagall, as well as more recent works by contemporary artists. The museum was originally established in 1936 by local magnate Henri van Abbe, after whom it is named. He was an avid lover of modern art, and wanted somewhere to enjoy his passion close to his place of business in Eindhoven, and he went on to donate a great many of the works on display.

Spend an afternoon amongst the masters at the Van Abbemuseum
Spend an afternoon amongst the masters at the Van Abbemuseum

The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11am until 5pm all year round, except for New Year’s Day (1 January), King’s Day (27 April) and Christmas Day (25 December).

Philips Museum

The Philips Museum explores the fascinating entrepreneurial history of the Philips family business, which saw what started off as a humble lightbulb factory grow into the giant electrical appliances brand we know today. It is actually thanks to the Philips factory opening in 1891 that Eindhoven became as big and important as it was after the industrial revolution. Whilst touring the museum, you can discover all sorts of fun inventions created by Philips over the years, and there’s even a fun game for the kids to play, themed around innovation, discovery and invention.

The Philips Museum is housed in the former Philips Lightbulb Factory
The Philips Museum is housed in the former Philips Lightbulb Factory

The Philips Museum is also open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11am until 5pm. The museum is closed on New Year’s Day (1 January), Carnival, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, King’s Day (27 April), Whit Sunday and Whit Monday and on Christmas Day and Boxing Day (25 and 26 December).

Dutch Design Week Eindhoven

If you’re in any way interested in design, it’s worth pencilling in a reminder in your diary to check out Dutch Design Week Eindhoven. It takes place every October in the city, and draws design aficionados from all over the world to what is actually Northern Europe’s biggest design event. What makes Dutch Design Week Eindhoven particularly special is that its focus is on the designs of the future with an emphasis on experimentation and innovation.

During Dutch Design Week, there’s inspiration everywhere in Eindhoven
During Dutch Design Week, there’s inspiration everywhere in Eindhoven

There are hundreds of locations across the city, with something to appeal to everyone including exhibitions, lectures, networking events, and debates. Each year, there is a slightly different theme to the week, but the designs on show are always about solving problems for the present and future. Tickets to the

Van Gogh-Roosegaarde Bicycle Path

If you’ve brought your bikes along, or even if you’ve hired some whilst you’re there, you simply have to go for a cycle along the 1km trail between Eindhoven and Nuenen. During the day, it’s part of the lovely Van Gogh cycle route, linking various places of interest and heritage connected with the famous Dutch painter, but at night it becomes something really special.

Take a late night bike ride down the world’s first glow in the dark cycle route
Take a late night bike ride down the world’s first glow in the dark cycle route

Opened in 2015 for the 125th anniversary of Van Gogh’s death, this is the world’s first glow in the dark cycle route. It was designed by contemporary Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde and created with thousands of blue and green LEDs that resemble Van Gogh’s famous ‘Starry Night’.

Eindhoven and its many inspiring things to do are just a short drive away. If you’re planning a visit, don’t forget to book your tickets with us in advance to take advantage of the best fares.