- Area: 88.84 km² (34.3 sq mi)
- Calling Code: +31 40
- Currency: Euro (€) (EUR)
- Population (EST): 212,141
- Official language: Dutch
- Time Zone: CET (UTC+1)
Eindhoven – Overview
The city of Eindhoven is to be found in the province of Noord-Brabant in the south of Holland. The origins of the city date to around 1232 and firstly at the convergence of the Dommel and Gender which at the time were no more than streams. In the late 1,300’s the cities fortifications were upgraded as it gained importance as a trading location.
The Nineteenth Century and the advent of the industrial revolution stimulated rapid and major growth, canal's were built along with roads and rail-roads connecting Eindhoven not only with the rest of Holland but also over national borders. One of cities best known companies to arise at that time is Philips which was founded in 1891 and produced light-bulbs.
During the Second World War the city was victim to the destruction caused by the conflict, leaving little of the historic character of the city, although a small number of older buildings have survived. After the war the city was rebuilt in a modern style, however one of it buildings, constructed in 1966 has become synonymous with Eindhoven, the Evoluon. The Evoluon resembles a science fiction flying saucer and was originally a science museum, until the late 1990's the building was converted into a conference centre.
Since the turn of the millennium, Eindhoven has emerged as an important centre for industrial design within the Netherlands, producing many well known designers. Since the early 2000's the city has hosted Dutch Design Week (DDW), an important and largely non-commercial annual event on the design world's calendar.
Surprisingly for a city based around industry, Eindhoven has some of the best shopping in the region. The city centre is home to a number of shopping areas some of which are pedestrianised. From shopping malls such the Piazza Centre to large department stores and weekly markets, Eindhoven has shopping for all tastes and budgets. Eating in the city is full of choices; traditional Dutch cuisine sits alongside tastes from around the globe and of course the fast food outlets that children love.
If you are looking for some night life head on over to Stratumseind, it is reputed to have the most bars in a single street than in the rest of the Netherlands. Whether you just want to chill out in the evening or dance the night away you will find something to satisfy you somewhere in the street. If you are there at the weekend expect crowds but don't worry too much, as the people are there for one thing, to have a good evening in a friendly environment with liked minded people.
Hotels in Eindhoven range from 4 star to Bed and Breakfast and it is best to check availability well in advance, especially when the city is hosting events, at which time it is worth considering out of town hotels and B&B's. Ultimately the choice comes down to your tastes and budget, but in general the city has many good accommodations on offer.
As one of the largest green cities in the country Eindhoven offers a relatively high standard of living. A beautiful natural landscape, centuries-old culture, and a modern international environment make for an attractive style of life. The city is a must for those who enjoy walking or cycling with some area's close to the city centre seeming as if you are not in an urban area. Like much of the Netherlands, tolerance characterises daily life.