Eindhoven, Netherlands

Eindhoven (map) is the fifth largest city of the Netherlands and the most populous city in the region of North Brabant. It covers 88.84 sq km (34.3 sq mi) and has a population of 214,000 (2011 estimate) within a metropolitan area with some 750,000 inhabitants.

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The earliest mention of Eindhoven in history was in 1232, when it received its city rights from Duke Hendrik I of Brabant. Originally called Endehoven, it was a small market town until the 19th century, when it became a center for the tobacco and textile industry.

In 1891, an electrical company began producing light bulbs in Eindhoven. That company, Philips, grew to become a multi-national giant in the lighting, electrical and electronics industries, and single-handedly fueled the growth of Eindhoven, which grew bigger than all the other cities in the region.

Today visitors to Eindhoven can still walk its well-preserved Old Town, with its canals and moats.

Visiting Eindhoven

Eindhoven has its own airport, located about 5 km from downtown. Ryanair flies to Eindhoven from London Stansted as well as a number of other cities in Europe. From the airport, you can take Bus 401 to Eindhoven train station and bus station in the city center.

Places of Interest in Eindhoven

  1. Historisch Openlucht Museum Eindhoven
    An open-air museum in Genneper Park with reconstruction of medieval villages, including an iron-age village, a Viking settlement and others, populated by people in period apparel.

  2. Philips Gloeilampenfabriekje
    Museum celebrating the Philips light bulb.

  3. Philipsmuseum
    Museum showcasing the history of the industrial giant, with a collection of its earliest products.

  4. Philips Stadion
    An ultra-modern stadium, home base for the PSV Eindhoven football team.

  5. Van Abbemuseum
    Modern art museum comprising the original building from 1936 and the larger new wing opened in 2003.

  6. Witte Dame
    Literally the White Lady, this is the best-known building to be used by Philips.

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