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Things to do in Eindhoven

Eindhoven is one of the most innovative cities in Europe due to being a well-known technology and design hub, and the home to Dutch Design Week, so there are plenty of interesting things to see and do here when you visit.

Although many of the top things to do in Eindhoven are based around technology and design, you will also find plenty of options outside of these industries to keep you busy during your trip.


It takes just over an hour to drive from Rotterdam to Eindhoven, so you can start exploring this fascinating city in no time at all once you have arrived at the port.

 

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Eindhoven in the Netherlands

About the city

Technology and design A true technology and design hub, many of the best things to do in Eindhoven are linked to the city’s creative past and innovative present which make it the perfect holiday destination for anyone with an interest in these industries.


Every October, Eindhoven hosts the largest design event in northern Europe, Dutch Design Week, but outside of this you will always be able to find great examples of design in workshops, galleries, and public spaces dotted throughout the city.


Head to Piet Hein Eek’s workshop, which was previously where Phillips made their radio and television components, and take a look at his work which covers a number of areas, including interior design, furniture, and fine art. A number of new pieces are added to the collection each year, and the space is also home to a restaurant, gallery, and entertainment venue.
 
Neon Cahndelier Dutch Design Week

Museums in Eindhoven

One of the top things to do in Eindhoven is to explore the city’s museums and find out about its interesting past.


Visit the Phillips Museum and discover everything there is to know about the company that gave the city its international fame. This museum tells the story of how the Phillips brothers went from working in an old factory to becoming one of the world's iconic brands, and it is an interactive exhibit which makes it an exciting place to learn about electronics.


Art fans will love the Van Abbemuseum which holds some of the most important works of art in the Netherlands. This architectural masterpiece contains a collection of 2,700 creative works, including paintings by Picasso, Rodin and Kandinsky. 


The DAF museum is the perfect place for petrolheads as it is home to a whole range of cars, trucks and vintage vehicles. There is a specific area that looks at the development of engines over the years, and you will also have the chance to see prototypes that you won’t have seen before.

 
Phillips Museum Street Sign

Gourmet Street Food in Eindhoven

Eating and drinking in Eindhoven

No matter what you love to eat, you will find plenty of options to keep you happy during your trip to Eindhoven. With a choice of breakfast pastries and coffee, quirky diners, Michelin star restaurants, and lots of veggie and vegan eateries, everyone’s tastes are catered for.


The Downtown Gourmet Market is worth visiting for its social vibe, chilled out atmosphere, and delicious street food. Serving everything from pizza and sushi to tacos and seafood, this market is also home to two bars making it a popular place to relax and people watch.


The nightlife in Eindhoven is another fantastic reason to visit this diverse city as it boasts a range of clubs, bars, and pubs that are guaranteed to provide excellent entertainment after a day of exploring. Head to Stratumseind for an unforgettable night out, as this is the longest pub street in the Netherlands!

 

Eindhoven parks

When you need some time away from the hustle and bustle of the city, head to one of Eindhoven’s parks where you can walk around the green spaces or sit down and relax with a picnic.


The Genneper Park offers a great escape, and walks around its impressive 200 acres will lead you to pretty ponds, quaint bridges, and striking architecture. You’ll also find a fun range of activities within the park, including a mini-golf course, swimming pool, the Eindhoven museum, and a restaurant with a beautiful terrace that serves a variety of local delicacies.


Another lovely park to visit in Eindhoven is Stadswandel Park. This park is known for its nature, statue garden, and lush lawns. To add a bit of adventure to your visit, download the Spacewalk app which will give you the opportunity to find planets, rockets, and astronauts as you walk around. Stadswandel Park is also home to an observatory, radio monument, and the Van Doorne Music Kiosk, so there is plenty to keep you occupied during your time here.


If you want to discover all of the great things to do in Eindhoven for yourself, book your Hull to Rotterdam crossing today and start planning your perfect getaway.

 
River Trees Park in Eindhoven

It takes just over an hour to drive from Rotterdam to Eindhoven, so you can start exploring this fascinating city in no time at all once you have arrived at the port.

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