15 Eindhoven sights worth seeing
Eindhoven is the fourth largest city in the Netherlands, located in the southern part of the country near the intersection of the small rivers Dommel and Gender. Although much of the city was destroyed during World War II, Eindhoven was quickly rebuilt in the following years, and over time it became a thriving city – the industrial design capital of the Netherlands. Currently, the number of interesting museums and a variety of tourist attractions Eindhoven is on par with the famous cities in Europe.
Historical Museum of Eindhoven
Historical Museum of Eindhoven. | Photo: Lennart Tange / Flickr.
The museum is located near the city park Genneper in the southern part of Eindhoven. This wonderful open-air museum focuses on several historical periods, including the Iron Age and the Middle Ages.
Visitors can not only learn what the daily life of people was like in those times, but also experience the atmosphere of past eras – try on historical costumes, shoot an arrow, cook food over a fire, etc.
On the territory of the museum there are several locations where you can see reconstructed old buildings, costumes from different epochs, as well as reenactments of different activities and everyday life of those times. The Historical Museum of Eindhoven is a great place to visit for the whole family. Children will not only have fun here for a few hours, but they will also learn a lot of new and interesting things.
The address is preHistorisch Dorp, Boutenslaan, Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
Van Abbe Museum
Van Abbe Museum.
Van Abbe Museum is located near the main train station. It is one of the best museums of modernism and contemporary art in Europe. Its rich collection contains more than 2,700 works of art.
The museum’s ancient architectural building dates back to the early 1900s, and the collection began with Henri van Abbe, a connoisseur of modern art and private collector. Today, the museum’s unique collection already includes about 700 paintings and 1,000 sculptures, as well as video works and art installations. Among the exhibits are works by world-famous masters such as Picasso, Mondrian, Kandinsky and Lisitsky.
Address: Van Abbemuseum, Bilderdijklaan, Eindhoven, Netherlands.
Evoluon Conference Center
Evoluon Conference Center | Photo: David Haberthür / Flickr.
The Evoluon is an enormous and unusually designed complex which was formerly a science museum and is now a conference center. The building was designed and built by the world-famous electronics giant Philips.
The building’s grandeur and quirkiness have made it a real tourist attraction and one of the main symbols of Eindhoven. Its shape is reminiscent of a giant flying saucer with a dome diameter of 77 meters. Despite the fact that the complex is now a convention center, it is open for visitors to take a tour and admire the amazing futuristic interior of the building.
Address: Evoluon, Noord Brabantlaan, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
Park Genneper | Photo: Hans Porochelt / Flickr.
This park is located directly behind the main ring road surrounding Eindhoven. The 81-hectare park offers visitors a wide variety of recreational activities. Genneper Park has always attracted a huge number of tourists and city residents, which is not surprising – there are many places with wonderful scenery and natural areas for walks. In addition to the beautiful park zone, there is an ice rink, a swimming pool and a restaurant.
Address: Genneper Parken, Bayeuxlaan, Eindhoven, Netherlands.
City Park Eindhoven
Eindhoven City Park.| Photo: wikimedia.
Another of the beautiful public parks of Eindhoven is Stadswandelpark, located in the southern part of the city. It is incredibly beautiful – there are a lot of green spaces, well-kept lawns and lawns, as well as paths for comfortable walks. In addition, the park has a large picturesque lake with whimsical statues and beautiful bridges. Here at almost all times of the year you can see swimming ducks and swans.
The address is Stadswandelpark, Eindhoven, Netherlands.
Church of St. Catherine
Church of St. Catherine. | Photo: Lennart Tange / Flickr.
This magnificent Neo-Gothic building is remarkable for its attractive facade with large round stained-glass windows and two bell towers rising to a height of 73 meters. The interior of the church is impressive with its huge stone columns and decorative arches.
The current Catholic Church was built on the site of a former temple dating back to the 1200s and also dedicated to St. Catherine of Alexandria – first mentioned in the early stages of Eindhoven’s history. The style of the church has changed over the years. The church suffered a lot of damage during the Second World War, but in the following years the structure was thoroughly restored and in 1972 the church of St. Catherine was given the status of a national monument.
Address: St. Catherine’s Church, Catharinaplein, Eindhoven, Netherlands.
Nhuenen village. | Photo: Andrew Black / Flickr.
About 10 km east of Eindhoven is the charming village Nueenen. This charming Dutch town is known as Van Gogh’s village. The great painter lived here for two years and painted many famous paintings, which accurately depict many buildings and neighborhoods of Nuenen.
The central park of the city and the surrounding streets have partially retained their old-time charm – many buildings look as if they are from a previous era. Nyenen is also famous for being the site of fierce battles in the decisive Allied war effort Market Garden during World War II.
Address: Stichting Van Gogh Village Nuenen, Berg, Nuenen, Netherlands.
Philips Museum. | Photo: Dutch Design Week / Flickr.
The museum offers visitors a comprehensive insight into the history of the Eindhoven and the history of Philips, the global electronics giant.
You can learn all about how the Philips empire came into being and how the company was instrumental in transforming Eindhoven into the economic powerhouse that it is today.
The exhibits in the museum tell you about all periods of Philips’ development: from its beginnings in 1891, when the company began manufacturing its first light bulbs in a small factory, to today, when Philips has grown into one of the world’s largest electronics corporations.
Address: Philips Museum, Emmasingel, Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
This interesting museum of one of the most famous soccer clubs in the Netherlands is located in the huge Philips Stadium. It is a must-see for soccer fans. The people of Eindhoven are crazy about soccer, and their favorite club PSV has a long and successful history in the soccer world. If you are a fan, the PSV Museum is a Mecca for you.
All other soccer fans will appreciate the unique museum exhibits related to the history and sporting glory of the club – cups won, memorabilia, rare and famous photos. In addition, the exhibition halls are equipped with screens, which scroll through frames of historical chronicles. The museum is interesting not only for adults but for children as well. There are several interactive displays with captivating programs and even a small field where they can run the ball and score goals!
Address: PSV Museum, Stadionplein, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
This small, family-run winery in Eindhoven is a welcoming and exciting place to visit. The winery is located near the center of the old part of town, by the Dommel River.
Visiting here and experiencing the wonderful world of wine making will give you a special unforgettable experience!
The winery staff is passionate about what they do, and the owner is very friendly and hospitable – he will be happy to give you a tour and share his knowledge of the distillation process and wine making.
Address: Bottle Distillery, Kanaaldijk-Zuid, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
DAF Museum | Photo: Ronald van der Graaf / Flickr.
The museum is located in the center of Eindhoven, near the train station and the Van Abbe Museum. Here you can learn a lot about the history of cars, trucks and other vehicles. Fascinating exhibition of the DAF Museum is a dream come true for every car enthusiast.
Among the unique exhibits are many historic cars, such as the three-wheeled Mobile Raincoat, which was so small that it could fit into an apartment corridor, and the multi-axle Jan de Rooy. All of the exhibits in the museum are in truly superb condition and take visitors on a fascinating journey into automotive history.
Address: DAF Museum, Tongelresestraat, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
Soccer club PSV stadium.
Philips Stadium with a capacity of about 35,000 people is the home arena of local soccer team PSV. With its original design and the latest technical equipment it is considered one of the best soccer stadiums in the Netherlands.
For example, all spectator seats are equipped with heating, and the soccer field is illuminated with special heat lamps to avoid problems with the grass – Philips is the only stadium that uses this technology.
The century-old stadium was built in 1910 and was originally used as a playground for Philips employees. Then the arena was considerably enlarged to match the rapid progress of the PSV soccer club in Eindhoven – the stadium had to accommodate the growing crowds of soccer fans who regularly attended home matches. Philips Stadium is not only the home arena of the city’s main team. It regularly hosts national and international soccer matches as well as music concerts.
Address: Philips Stadion, Frederiklaan, Eindhoven, Netherlands.
Het Veem Food Market
Het Veem Food Market | Photo: EU2016 NL / Flickr.
This local food market is the perfect showcase for passionate chefs, culinary professionals and private entrepreneurs involved in the food industry. You’ll find a variety of breads, numerous types of cheese, meats, vegetables, wine, coffee and other products on display in skillfully designed booths and stores.
All this looks very colorful, appetizing and also exudes alluring smells. In contrast to the traditional food market, food markets in the Netherlands is not just a place to buy food.
Here you can just sit and relax in the company of friends or loved ones while enjoying a delicious meal. Foodies will surely appreciate this atmospheric Eindhoven food market – lively and at the same time cozy, where you can order dishes of different national cuisines, taste delicious desserts and pastries, enjoy a cup of fragrant coffee or a glass of excellent wine.
Address: Vershal het Veem, Torenallee, Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
Dierenrijk Zoo | Photo: Thomas van de Vosse / Flickr.
If you are visiting Eindhoven with children, make sure you take them to Dierenrijk Zoo. Its special feature is the possibility of close contact with wild animals. Children can not only get close to cute animals such as the red panda, but even feed many of them.
The aviaries with glass walls allow even such large predators as bears and tigers to get up close. Visitors are also allowed to stroll through the aviary. There are playgrounds and aviaries in both indoor and outdoor areas, so you can enjoy a trip to Dierenrijk Zoo in all weathers and seasons.
Address: Dierenrijk, Baroniehei, Mierlo, The Netherlands.
Inkijkmuseum and Ton Smits Huis
The Inkijkmuseum is one of the most unusual museums in Eindhoven and certainly the smallest. Its name speaks for itself – it translates as “look inside the museum”. Paintings are all over the place, even in the storeroom.
Those on the first floor can be viewed through the window. You can also rent a room to admire the artists’ work. The museum is housed in a tiny house that once belonged to a former textile factory, where flax was dried and hung.
Ton Smits Huis is another must-see museum for all lovers of fine art. The museum building is the former home and studio of the famous Dutch cartoonist Ton Smits Huis. Inside you will find many of his works and visitors can watch films about his life and work.
Address: Inkijkmuseum, Dommelstraat, Eindhoven, Netherlands.
The 15 best sights in Eindhoven
Eindhoven is the largest city in the south of the Netherlands (and the fifth largest in the country). From art museums to ancient churches to scenic parks, there’s something for everyone.
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Who needs to visit Eindhoven and why?
There’s so much to see and do in Eindhoven for lovers of learning. In and around the city there are four museums, each worthy of attention. They tell about the life and life of the people, and the presentation itself attracts attention. Most of them are not expositions behind glass, but modern installations and actors in thematic costumes. Dutch artistic, cultural and technological achievements are not ignored.
In the city peacefully coexist ancient architecture, original buildings, churches and cathedrals, quiet streets and modern bridges, built with the latest achievements of science and technology. The city itself is hospitable, bright and cozy. To explore it tourists are offered to rent a bike.
Lovers of wildlife will not get bored here either. You can visit the zoos with children and get acquainted with their inhabitants. Surroundings of the city and green parks are like green gardens themselves.
Cultural Sites and Museums
The museum tells the story of how Philips evolved from a small light bulb manufacturer into a prestigious international corporation. The whole company, so to speak, from its beginnings to the innovations of tomorrow.
Visiting the exhibits and listening to the guide, guests can learn about the ups and downs of the holding company or think about their own business ideas. On the second floor is an exhibition of the brand’s merchandise.
Van Gogh’s village Nhuenen
The artist lived in this village from 1883 to 1885. It was an attempt to come to his senses after the death of his father, with whom Van Gogh was close. In Nuenen, Vincent painted The Potato Eaters, a painting that later became a masterpiece of world painting.
Today, the village holds themed exhibitions, attracting tourists to participate in interactive activities. The authentic ambience of Nuenen sets the mood and the scenery is to the taste of art and painting lovers.
Van Abbemuseum (Museum of Modern Art)
This museum has been open since 1900. Today it has a collection of 2700 works of art. It includes works by emerging artists, hundreds of paintings and thousands of sculptures. There is also an extensive collection of paintings by the Russian artist El Lissitzky. In addition, the museum owns works by Chagall, Picasso, Kandinsky, Beuys and Kokoschka.
Park Museum of Antiquities
The museum covers three separate periods: the Iron Age, the Dark Ages until 1000 and the Middle Ages from 1250 to 1600. The exhibits illustrate the daily life of the local peoples who lived during these periods. There is a reconstruction of the village of Eversham, an old farm and the medieval town of Endehoven.
To be here means to plunge into the life of people of past centuries, to see another world or see yourself in the role of a medieval inhabitant. The tour is led by actors in period costumes, which adds color.
The museum complex with a facade of the original futuristic design was built in 1966 with money from Philips. Initially, the building housed the Museum of Science and Technology. Later, changes were made to the original design, and in the suburbs of Eindhoven appeared this amazing building.
Gradually the number of visitors began to decrease, and soon the founders had to reconsider the purpose of the complex. Today it has been turned into a conference center.
PSV museum at the Philips Stadium
The arena for 35,000 seats has been welcoming fans since 1913. The stadium has been repeatedly reconstructed – the last work was completed in 2004. Not only matches of the Dutch national team, but also the European Championship were held here.
At the arena is based PSV soccer club and houses a museum dedicated to the team. Free audio guide in several languages will tell you about the cups and trophies won by the club, about rare photos and memorabilia on display. There is a souvenir store by the exit.
At the stadium, seat 43 on row 22 in sector D is never busy. It is a tribute to Fritz Phillips, an avid fan, arena builder and president of the corporation.
An unusual bridge for cyclists and pedestrians was built in 2012 by IPV Delft. With the development of the automobile network, the city became dangerous for pedestrians, and the city authorities flatly refused to build tunnels. Then the construction company proposed an original project that interested residents and authorities.
The ring-shaped bridge is attached with long steel cables to a 70-meter boom in the center. The structure appears to float in the air, and the lighting can enhance this effect at night. The Hovenring is 72 meters in diameter, and so far it’s the only bridge of its kind in the world.
Churches and temples
St. Catherine Church
The Roman Catholic Church was built in honor of St. Catherine of Alexandria. The current building replaced the former Catherine Church, an older, dilapidated structure between 1861 and 1867. The neo-Gothic church was designed by Pierre Cuypers, who was still a novice architect at the time.
The church of St. Catherine has two towers of seventy meters each. In accordance with the French Gothic style, they differ from each other and are called, respectively, the Tower of David and the Tower of Mary. The structures are impressive in height and majestic in appearance. In 1972 the church was declared a national monument of the Netherlands.
Temple of Augustine
The soaring construction of this church creates an impression of airiness and lightness. It is located in the city center and is visible from almost every point of the city. Inside everything is done simply and without extra luxury, but carved altar and an ancient organ catch your eye as you enter.
During the 700 years of the temple’s existence the hearts of aristocrats and nobles were buried there, in a special “crypt of hearts”. And Austrian monarchs were also married here.
Church of St. George
Church Sint-Joriskerk built in 1887 designed by architect van Tulder. The church is a three-nave tower with a height of 90 meters. It is the largest religious building in the city.
Basilica in neo-Gothic style stands on the outskirts, away from the usual tourist routes, so it is not popular. But since 1976 the church of St. George is officially included in the list of the national architectural values of the Netherlands.
The longest street with bars in Holland. At night and on Friday and Saturday the street is crowded with locals and tourists and turns into a noisy avenue. The bars here cater to all categories of guests, depending on their ability to pay.
Dippie Doe Family Recreation Park
This park complex is used year-round, as there is not only a summer playground, but also a winter playground. Dippie Doe has a room built on the grounds, where entertainment is moved in cloudy, rainy weather.
The complex is primarily geared toward children under the age of 13. For a modest fee, parents leave their little ones in the care of experienced caregivers and head out for a walk or errand.
The park offers a lot of entertainment for young motorists, there is a corner for little climbers. And on hot days, locals take their kids to the equipped beach.
Eindhoven does not have its own zoo, but in the neighboring town of Veldhoven the zoo with the same name is eagerly visited by tourists and locals alike. There are 2,000 animals, including exotic birds, penguins and several lemurs.
Tourists are encouraged to feed the birds with nuts and seeds, which are sold in the park. And the outdoor playground is sure to entice children.
Falcon Crest Roof Vogelpark
Another place where birds live. The falcons, eagles and peregrine falcons attract the attention of visitors the most. The conditions here are created, close to the wild habitat of birds. The staff of the park-reserve will tell about the birds on display.
Visitors are allowed to hold the inhabitants of the park in their hands and even feed them. After walking and communicating with wildlife, visitors play miniature golf on a specially equipped court.
Anne Frank Plant Soen
A wonderful park for relaxation and meditation. Turning your back to the popular Van Abbe Museum of Modern Art, the tourist finds himself in a park, which gradually turns into an abandoned woodland with a river covered with weed, a pond, bridges, narrow paths and other attributes of a romantic place.