More on Eindhoven
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.
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
- 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.
- Philips Gloeilampenfabriekje
Museum celebrating the Philips light bulb.
Museum showcasing the history of the industrial giant, with a collection of its earliest products.
- Philips Stadion
An ultra-modern stadium, home base for the PSV Eindhoven football team.
- Van Abbemuseum
Modern art museum comprising the original building from 1936 and the larger new wing opened in 2003.
- Witte Dame
Literally the White Lady, this is the best-known building to be used by Philips.