The city of Eindhoven, known for being home to the PSV Eindhoven football team, is today a lively and modern city but underneath of it all, it's undoubtedly one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands.
Apart from enjoying the many things to do in Eindhoven, the city is also within a short distance of Amsterdam Clubs, and just an hour drive from things to do in Antwerp Belgium.
In fact, if you intend to explore nearby countries, just a fifty minute drive southeast you’ll find the German city of Duisburg from where you can explore other tourist attractions in Germany.
Things to do in Eindhoven: Places of Interest
Van Abbemuseum, located on the east bank of the Dommel stream, is one of the most popular cultural things to do in Eindhoven. This museum contains important 20th century paintings by artists such as Picasso and Chagall.
Eindhoven Historical Open-air Museum
At the Eindhoven Historical Open-air Museum you can marvel at reconstructions of an Iron Age village and a reconstruction of Eindhoven medieval town.
The Philips Incandescent Lamp Factory of 1891
A trip to Eindhoven wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Philips Incandescent Lamp Factory of 1891, where you can take an organized guided tour and learn about how incandescent lamps where first made.
The Artificial Light Art Center
The Artificial Light Art Center or ‘Centrum Kunstlicht in de Kunst’ is home to a fascinating collection of artificial light art such as a painted street scene from Paris France.
Things to do in Eindhoven: Fun Activities
Ice Sports Centre Eindhoven
Ice skating is one of the most popular things to do in Eindhoven and the Netherlands, and the Ice Sports Center in Eindhoven is home to three different rinks where you can enjoy ice hockey, free styling and training.
Beekse Bergen Safari Park and Speeland
If you are looking for fun activities to do, Beekse Bergen Safari Park is one of the most popular things to do in Eindhoven outdoors. During the safari tour you get to experience up close a variety of African wildlife.
The park is also home to the Speeland Park where you can enjoy more fun attractions , and a lake where you can enjoy water activities.
If you are looking for more fun things to do in Eindhoven, the Genneper Parks are a great place where you can enjoy cycling, jogging and a mini-golf course.
Things to do in Eindhoven: Festivals & Events
The Eindhoven Carnival
The Eindhoven Carnival, held in February, is a popular fun event where you can see amazing processions and flamboyant float parades.
Eindhoven Fiesta del Sol
Eindhoven Fiesta del Sol, held in June, is a fun festival which features music and theater performances from both Dutch and international artists.
The ‘Lichtjesroute’ or route of lights, held in late September, is another popular event to attend in Eindhoven as Eindhoven's public roads are literally decorated with all kinds of electrical ornaments.
The Indoor Sports Center Eindhoven
The Indoor Sports Center Eindhoven, located south of Genneper Parks, is home to regular European and World Championship events so it is worth checking out what’s on at the Eindhoven tourist information center.
Things to do in Eindhoven: Nightlife & Entertainment
Apart from clubs and bars, one of the popular things to do in Eindhoven at night is to go disco ice skating at the Ice Sports Centre Eindhoven on Friday night.
Also, the Philips Symphony Orchestra hosts a few programmes a year at the Eindhoven Concert Hall in the Frits Philips Music Centre.
Should you feel like enjoying a busier nightlife, the city of Eindhoven is just an hour’s drive from Amsterdam Clubs.
Things to do in Eindhoven: Shopping & Dining
If you intend to do shopping during your trip to the city, Eindhoven is home to shopping malls and boutique shops. Two of the biggest shopping malls are De Heuvel Galerie and De Bijenkorf, where you can do some retail shopping and enjoy a nice meal.
The market place in Eindhoven is also a great place to hang as it is filled with cafes, restaurants and dance places.
The Markt is also full of cafes and it is great place to enjoy some entertainment as it is home to the legal Holland Casino.
Things to do in Eindhoven: Sports
The city of Eindhoven is home to the popular PSV football team. If you are a sports fan, a guided tour of the Philips Stadium is another popular thing to do in Eindhoven.
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