As the Netherland’s fifth-largest city, Eindhoven is renowned for being one of the nation’s foremost industrial hubs, as well as the home of Philips electronics since 1891. With origins dating back to the 13th century, the city once acted as an important trade route between the Belgian city of Liege. However, it wasn’t until the Industrial Revolution that Eindhoven established itself as one of Europe’s biggest points of trade, introducing canals and roads to enable the rapid growth of its textiles and tobacco industries. Since World War ll, the city has experienced rapid expansion and continues to welcome residents to its thriving knowledge economy.
If you’re looking for things to do in Eindhoven, head to the city’s main train station, where you’ll find the Van Abbemuseum. Home to approximately 2,700 pieces of art, it’s here where you’ll be able to see iconic works by the likes of Pablo Picasso and Kandinsky. Alternatively, the Phillips Museum, PSV Eindhoven Museum and open-air Eindhoven museum provides a glimpse into the city’s past and the chance to enjoy an immersive experience into the lifestyles of the Dutch agriculturists many centuries ago. Within the city centre, you’ll find cosmopolitan bars, restaurants and nightlife, while the traditionally working-class areas of the city are where you’ll find Stadestwest Park and St. Catherine’s Church.