Eindhoven, the 5th largest city in the Netherlands, is an European technology hub and famous for its industrial development. Since the establishment of the company Philips -which was started as a light bulb company-, today, the city is also known by the name; "Lichtstad" aka "City of Lights". Eindhoven's history dates way back to 1232. Back at that time, the city was used as a trade route for tobacco and textiles. After getting destroyed and rebuilt several times, the city gained a major importance with the Industrial Revolution. Today, Eindhoven is a major player in technical field with its companies like Phillips or DAF trucks.
To reach the city, you can take the plane and arrive at the Eindhoven Airport. You can also simply take a train or bus, inside of the Europe. To travel inside the city, you can either take a bus or rent a bike at the train station.
Philips is the main actor in this city. You can't really say that you have been in Eindhoven, if you don't do anything related to the Philips-history. So your first stop should be the Philips first Incandescent Lamp Factory of 1891 or the other name Philips Museum! After visiting this cute museum, you will have a better inside in process of making a light bulb in the late 19th century!
Another important museum to visit in Eindhoven is the DAF Museum! If you would like to learn better the history of the city, you should have a better knowledge about history and designs of DAF vehicles from 1928 till the present day! The museum is open from Tuesday till Sunday from 10 am-5pm.
If you are into modern art, you should visit one of the leading museums for modern and contemporary art, Van Abbemuseum. Inside the museum, you can get to see an amazing collection of Picasso, Chagall, Kandinsky, El Lissitzky, Theo van Doesburg, Mondriaan and Appel! After wandering around the museum, you can enjoy gazing the Dommel river while sipping your coffee in the museum café.
The city has a name as "The City of Lights" for a great reason. If you are visiting Eindhoven around November, you have to check out the GLOW Eindhoven which is an International Forum of Light in Art and Architecture! The city becomes literally glowy with illuminated buildings, amazing works of art and more!
The biggest landmark of the city, the Blob or De Blob, is located in the heart of the city. Around the the Blob, you can get to see the De Admirant which is the highest building in Eindhoven in the middle of the shopping area, the Lichttoren aka Light Tower, which is a white tower building where Philips used to perform it's light bulb endurance tests and gained its name from their 7/24 burning lights in the building and lastly the Witte Dame, which is right next to the Light tower, was built in 1931 in the style of the New Objectivity and used as a radio factory and now Eindhoven's Design Academy & Public Library!
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