3x Fun activities that you should do in Eindhoven
Only about 1-hour by train from Amsterdam: welcome to Eindhoven – the fifth biggest city in the Netherlands! In this article, we have picked out a list of top-3 activities that visitors (and also residents) should pay extra attention to when coming to this innovation hub.
#1 Going on a museum tour:
As a city of innovation, many large technological Dutch companies were born in Eindhoven. It would be such a big loss if Philips was not mentioned here. The global-famous electrics (now focusing on healthcare technology) corporation has been Eindhoven's pride for years. Thanks to its contributions, the company has reformed the city and 'lighted up’ the world. Its impacts can still be seen around Eindhoven.
Besides Philips, DAF, or originally Commanditaire Vennootschap Hub van Doorne's Machinefabriek, is a world-leading company in the field of truck manufacturing. From a small construction workshop founded in 1928 in Eindhoven, after nearly 100 years, DAF trucks have become widely popular and can be easily spotted on the highways, not only in the Netherlands but also in Europe.
Therefore, no matter you are a tech guru or not, you should not miss Philips Museum and DAF Museum. Be there and find out about the history of these two companies and how their innovation and inventions have changed throughout the decade. Spoiler alert: There are some cool interactive gadgets are waiting for you to try at Philips Museum, while at DAF Museum, you will have the chance to see a number of unique truck and car models that you could never find on the road or elsewhere.
From either Philips or DAF Museum, you can reach Van Abbe Museum within 10-15 minutes by bike. This is an outstanding contemporary museum, known as one of the first modern museums established in Europe. Located in an unusual building in the centre of Eindhoven, this houses more than 300 artworks and archives from well-known artists, such as Pablo Picasso, Joseph Beuys, Marlene Dumas, and so on. There are also some workshops for adults as well as family activities like family art club or children's art club. So, all ages are welcome at Van Abbe Museum!
Tip: For museum-lovers, go ahead and purchase a Dutch Museum card to be less worried about the entrance ticket. Only €32,45 for the Kids and Youth card and €64,90 for the Adult card, you can enjoy a year full of pleasant experiences at more than 400 museums anytime you want.
#2 Watching a PSV football match at Philips Stadion:
Coming to Eindhoven, how could you walk through the Philips stadium without curiosity? This is the home ground of PSV Eindhoven, one of the best football clubs in Eredivisie – the 1st division of professional football in the Netherlands. PSV, which stands for Philips Sport Vereniging, has the top training system where many Dutch players were practiced before reaching the world-class level, like Ronald Koeman, Arjen Robben, or Georginio Wijnaldum.
Since Eredivisie is step-by-step getting back to normal, you should make time to visit Philips stadium and enjoy a match between PSV and one of the greatest football clubs in the Dutch national league. Even if you are not a big fan of the king sport, you will be immersed by the 'Red White Army' football spirit and the vibrant atmosphere of fans' chanting and cheering in Eindhoven.
After watching a PSV match, from Philips Stadion, we also recommend you to visit PSV Museum to discover the club's rich history, the Hall of Fame, and PSV’s displayed trophies collection. You can always book a tour through the whole stadium (dressing rooms, business rooms, press room, etc.), which includes the entrance to the museum. To know more about the tickets, check out PSV website to find out!
#3 Visiting our one-of-a-kind food halls:
Do you know that Eindhoven is home to two amazing food halls for you to explore the cuisine around the world?
Within 10 minutes from the city centre, you can find Down Town Gourmet Market – the most famous food hall in Eindhoven. With 19 unique kitchens, you are basically surrounded by the culinary world, from Asian street food to European high cuisine.
A little bit further from the city center, but close to the Strijp-S is another foodie’s heaven called Vershal Het Veem. In this local indoor market, there are nearly all types of ingredients and special products sold by entrepreneurs from the Mediterranean Sea, Italy or, Morocco. Besides the cultural food market, several food points at Vershal het Veem are available for you to enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even your spontaneous meal.
If you are not yet familiar with 'Strijp-S' or want to know more about this area, our blog article is ready to widen your knowledge.