Every year more than 2400 designers gather in Eindhoven to present their ideas on the biggest design event in Northern Europe, Dutch Design Week. The weekly event is attended by more than 250,000 visitors from the Netherlands and abroad. The design week takes place across the city, in eight locations, and includes different events and activities. Visit workshops, seminars, exhibitions and lectures and discover the upcoming design trends.
One of Eindhoven most distinctive landmarks is the Light Tower. The top floors of this futuristic white building, with seven edges, were used by international electrical company Philips to test endurance of its light bulbs. Because of constantly burning lights, the building gained its new name. Throughout the years it also hosted Philips lighting department headquarters, before being renovated and turned into private homes and offices. Climb up for a great view of the city and stop for a coffee at Usine, a chic and trendy café reflecting the modernity of the building.
Oude Toren, or the Old Tower, was once part of the Brabantine Gothic style church, dedicated to St. Peter. The first church was built in this place around the 11th century. The brick remodelling of the church took place in late medieval era, when the tower dates from the 14th or 15th century. Today, the tower is the only remaining part of the old church. It was remodeled throughout the years and lowered in height, and today stands at 43 meters. The Old Tower is one of the oldest churches in Eindhoven, and definitely worth a visit for those interested in history.
Established in 1936, Van Abbemuseum is a unique museum with a distinctive exterior and an impressive collection of artworks. It is one of the leading museums for modern and contemporary art in the Netherlands. The museum building underwent extensive renovations and a building extension in 2003, and the complex now holds two buildings, both of distinctive architectural design. The museum exhibits art from world famous artists, such as Picasso, Mondriaan, Chagall, Appel and El Lissitzky. Even though admission is paid, every first Thursday of the month the entry is free after 5pm.
Built in 2006, Vestedatoren soon became one of the distinguishing buildings in Eindhoven’s skyline. The tower is the fourth highest in the city and measures 90 meters. Designed by Jo Coenen, the tower was awarded the BNA Building of the Year plaque by the Royal Institute of Dutch Architects. With its characteristic design, the building resembles the Flatiron Building located in New York City. Both have the distinctive rounded and pointed shape, however the Dutch design is in a full diamond shape.
Eindhoven’s history is intricately tied with the Philips family. Visit the Philips Museums to discover how a small company manufacturing lamps in 1891 evolved to become the large international brand of today. The museum reopened in 2013 and is located on the site of the first Philips factory in Eindhoven’s city center. The museum is open between 11am and 5pm between Tuesdays and Sundays.
Eindhoven is known as the greenest bigger city in the Netherlands. Perfect for an evening stroll is Stadswandelpark, or city walking park. Located in the city center, the park is home to different sculptures. If you are looking for active day in nature, Genneper Park is a perfect place for you. Discover different hiking routes, a biological farm, the largest swimming center in Europe and, in winter months, an ice skating rink. Explore also the park around Lake Karpendonck or one of the Philips named parks.
Built in 1898 in a neo-Gothic style, Augustinian church is one of the city’s landmarks. Despite its name, this impressive building has always been a monastery. The monastery complex includes the church and the monastery next to it. Both buildings are recognized as Dutch cultural heritage sites. During the Second World War the church building survived almost untouched, but had to be camouflaged due to its distinctiveness. Inside the church, there is a stunning Sacred Heart statue, measuring four meters in length and weighting 800 kilograms.
At 105 meters tall, De Admirant is the tallest building in Eindhoven. The tower holds both private residences as well as shopping stores in lower levels. The area around De Admirant tower has been developed into the city’s new shopping area, called Around the Admirant. The project includes the tower’s stores and stores nearby, cinema complex and other futuristic buildings including ‘the Blob’ – the bizarre and futuristic entrance to the shopping complex.