4x Eindhoven's best parks
September means the last bits of summer in the Netherlands. Autumn is on its way! Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy the last sunrays and see how the parks slowly change into autumnal colors. Eindhoven has a couple of wonderful parks, most of them within walking distance of each other. Let's discover some of the best parks in Eindhoven!
#1 Philips de Jongh Wandelpark
In Strijp you will find Philips de Jongh Wandelpark. It is located around estate De Wielewaal, the place where the Philips family used to live. The land belonged to Anton Philips, founder of Philips, and his wife Anne Philips-De Jongh, after whom the park is named. It is a large park with several large lawns, but also with narrow and winding paths that lead you into the woods. There are plenty of grassy areas where you can picnic or just relax. Seen from Strijp-S, the bike path next to the Philips de Jongh Wandelpark is perfect for runners, bikers, and inline skaters.
Philips de Jongh Wandelpark is the perfect spot for running, playing with your dog, or for some relaxing.
If you walk through the entire park (from the direction of Strijp-S), you will arrive at the Philips Fruittuin. In this garden, they have a large orchard with apple, pear and plum trees. Every year in September, you can pick your own apples and pears here. Philips Fruittuin offers picnic opportunities and there is a special treasure hunt with games for children. You can end your visit at Pannenkoekenhuis De Proeftuin and eat the most delicious pancakes. You should also visit the Landwinkel, where they have a large selection of products from the region and organic products.
#2 Anne Frankplantsoen and Lex and Edo Hornemannplantsoen
Across the Van Abbe Museum in the city center, you will find the Anne Frankplantsoen. Special about this park are the weeping willows along the small river the Dommel. A beautiful and dreamy spot. The monument in the park remembers the 304 Jewish men, women, and children from Eindhoven who died during the Second World War. Next to the Anne Frank Plantsoen, you will find the Lex and Edo Hornemannplantsoen. On the large grass area, this is the perfect place to end a summer or autumn evening.
Characteristic of the Anne Frankplantsoen and Lex and Edo Hornemannplantsoen are the weeping willows along the river the Dommel.
If you cross the Vonderweg at the Lex and Edo Hornemannplantsoen, you will arrive at Dommelplantsoen. Dommelplantsoen is a relatively small park, where the river the Tongelreep meets the Dommel. It is situated next to Stadswandelpark, also a beautiful park with lawns and various works of art.
If you walk through Dommelplantsoen, you will end up in the Ton Smits park. The Ton Smits park is also a small park, including a playground for children. Next to the playground is some grass where you can relax to next to the pond De Vleut. Via the Genneperweg, you will arive in Genneper Parken.
In the Ton Smits park is a small lake situated: De Vleut. It's a lovely place to relax.
#4 Genneper Parken
Genneper Parken is the largest park in Eindhoven. It is even classified as a sports and recreation area. There is a lot to do in Genneper Parken, for young and old. You can follow hiking trails or just wander around. Or, you can entertain yourself with one of our tips:
In the preHistorisch Dorp you travel through the past. You can walk around and meet historical inhabitans from the Middle Ages. Together with them you can perform all kinds of old crafts, such as making fire, canoeing in a log canoe, or learn how to throw a spear. During the school vacations, special activities are organized for children.
Ice skating at IJssportcentrum
In the middle of Genneper Parken you will find the IJssportcentrum, one of the largest ice rink places in the Netherlands. From October onwards, it is possible to ice skate again on one of the three ice rinks. There is an official 400-meter track and two smaller (ice hockey) tracks. And very nice: all tracks are indoor. There is a children's escape room and you can also play ice hockey with friends from Monday till Friday. Don't have ice skates? Don't worry. You can rent ice hockey skates, racing clap skates, or figure skates there. And they have hot chocolate with whipped cream!
Visit the organic farm store and cheese dairy Genneper Hoeve. In their farm store, they sell their own fresh cheese, fresh vegetables, meat, eggs, and other products from the area. You can take a look at the pigs, chickens and bees (they also have fresh honey, yum!). There are tours at the farmyard, including coffee and delicious apple pie. Or try one of the tasting, highly recommended!
Swimming at the Pieter van den Hoogenband Swimming Stadium in de Tongelreep
One of the pearls of Genneper Parken is the National Swimming Center de Tongelreep. The swimming center has many different pools. There is an instruction pool, reactivation pool (with therapeutic and senior fit swimming lessons), a 25-meter pool, a 50-meter pool, a jumping pool, and a training pool.
In the swimming center you can also find the Pieter van den Hoogenband Swimming Stadium, one of the most innovative swimming centers in the world. Pieter van den Hoogenband is a former Dutch swimmer, a three-time Olympic champion, and at his farewell the swimming stadium was renamed after him. Here, several professional swimmers and teams train and many major swimming events take place.
With groups of children, you can do a water games circuit with many fun obstacles, a super fun activity! Besides enjoying the steam baths, you can also take swimming lessons, such as Aquarobics (exercise on music), Aquajogging, Waterbootcamp, and Swim-Fit lessons. You can find all available lessons on the website of Eindhoven Sport.