Eindhoven – a city that is like no other. I visit the Netherlands at least once per year. After all, that’s where my brother currently lives. However, I did not ever expect to love Eindhoven so much, because in general I hate the weather there. All great cities have that charm – even if you dislike one aspect of it, the others make up for it. Here are eight reasons why you should visit the real city of light( after Paris) Eindhoven.
Maybe like myself, you didn’t know that Eindhoven was part of the biggest fashion event in North Europe. Every year, this event gathers around 250,000 from the Netherlands and aboard to attend this awesome cultural event. The fact is held in different locations all over the city, and if you by any chance take a walk around the town (like I did) you will be magnetized to it, and instantly take part as one of its viewers.
Lichttoren – Phillips Old Offices
If you didn’t know, Philips comes from Eindhoven. As years went by and they’ve grown more significant, they moved their offices out of town. Today, the old Phillips offices became a landmark for the city. Now it houses apartments and offices. Also on the top, there is a café if you want to see an excellent city view and drink a good coffee.
Glow Festival Eindhoven
The Glow festival is one of the most visited lighting festivals in the world. The festival does not require you to pay for a ticket – it is free for every visitor. As same as fashion week, you can see the festival all around the city. I witnessed a 3D projection on an old church in town. It was excellent, and it inspired me to visit all the festival streets. If you have the opportunity to visit the festival of light, I highly recommend it.
Oude Toren is a tower that was once an old gothic church built in the name of St. Peter. However, in the 14th and 15th century it was remodeled as a tower. In the last 100 years, the mast once again was lowered to 43 meters. If you are interested in history, then it must be part of your list.
The people of Eindhoven amazed me even more. Every 3rd Sunday of the month, there is a FeelGood market event. It gathers all the designers to show innovation and new trends. This event is for all ages – there are music and theatre for kids, food tasting for adults, changes for scientists.
Party – Student City
If you like a good party, then Eindhoven offers that. The party, of course, comes from students. You can see them everywhere and anytime – during the day they are laughing and drinking coffee with their friends, during weeknights they are parting hard like never before. One thing that amazed me the most – after 10 o’clock some restaurants become bars – the chairs and tables are eradicated, introducing the dance floor into the picture. Visit bars to feel the diversity of Eindhoven.
As we mentioned before, Eindhoven is the birth city of the Philips company. Because of that, in Eindhoven, you can find the Philips Museum. There you can explore the history of how a small company from the 19th century became a leading force of innovation. The museum was reopened back in 2013, and it works from 11 am up till 5 pm from Tuesdays to Sunday.
PSV Football Club – Phillips Stadium
Once again, you hear the name Phillips. Full hosting capacity is around 35,000, and it was part of the UEFA EURO 2000. It seems like Phillips is the driving force of Eindhoven. If you are a fan of football, you’ve probably heard about PSV Eindhoven. During the 90s Netherlands was the driving force of creating the right football talents. You’ve probably heard about Ronaldo(Bra), Robben(NL), Jaap Stam (NL) to mention a few. All of them played for PSV Eindhoven. If you have the time and pleasure to buy a ticket, I highly recommend it. On the other hand, if you are visiting for a couple of days, visit the PSV museum and restaurant. You will experience the VIP seats from the restaurant.
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Clothes: Depends on what part of the world you come from. For instance, if you come from warmer countries, you will need long sleeves even in summer. Dutch people wear short sleeves and jeans because they are used to the weather day. Also, always take an umbrella; it can rain at any moment!
Food: I highly recommend trying their fries. Yeah maybe they look like usual, they taste better! Plus, combine them with apple jam, the taste is divine.
Hotels: Because I already had free accommodation, I didn’t have so many opportunities to try hotels. However, I went to hotel GLOW. I highly recommend it — friendly staff and close to everything.
Activities: As I said before – the nightlife in Eindhoven is superb. Eat tasty food, explore beautiful landmarks and have fun doing so. Also, do not forget, if you ever wanted to try cannabis – in Eindhoven you can. Pot is legal in the Netherlands, and you can find many coffee shops there.