Eindhoven - What to do in Eindhoven? The best tips - Holland.com
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Eindhoven is a bustling city with countless shops, bars, restaurants and terraces. Art, design and culture also take pride of place in this city. During Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven is the world’s design capital.

  • Discover the architectonic highlights of Eindhoven.
  • Enjoy the beautiful museums and welcoming restaurants and cafes.
  • Visit Dutch Design Week.

What to see in Eindhoven

The Stratumseind or ‘Stratum’ for short, is not just the longest ‘nightlife street’ in Holland but also of the Benelux. This 225 meter street harbours 54 restaurants and cafes that draw some 25,000 visitors every week. The traditional ‘brown pubs’ at Wilhelminaplein are perfect for an afternoon on a terrace or dancing to live music at night.

Eindhoven has more to offer than its nightlife, however. You can enjoy culture and design at the Van Abbemuseum and Designhuis. The Van Abbemuseum is one of the most important European museums of modern and contemporary art. The collection includes works by Picasso, Chagall, Kandinsky, El Lissitzky, Theo van Doesburg, Mondriaan, and Appel. The Designhuis is a stage and meeting spot for design and innovation.

Visit Eindhoven

Eindhoven is sometimes called the ‘city of light’. It owes this honorific to Philips, the lightbulb and electronics giant that was founded here in 1891. A special project in this respect is the annual event Glow Eindhoven, a festival during which dozens of international light artists show off their most beautiful light installations throughout the city. This year can also be considered the year in which Eindhoven takes its special place in the design world. You are always welcome to learn more about design in Eindhoven, during Dutch Design Week but also throughout the rest of the year.

More to discover nearby

When you visit Eindhoven, adding the great city of Den Bosch or Helmond to your list is recommended. These cities are just half an hour away and boast great historic buildings and countless fantastic restaurants and cafes.

Accessibility and parking in Eindhoven

Eindhoven is about an hour by car from the capital of Amsterdam and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. You can also get there easily by public transport (train and bus). If you travel by car, make sure to check where you are allowed to park your car. Tip: P1 Parking Hooghuis offers cheap parking space in Eindhoven!


Whether you like a low budget place to stay, a romantic hideaway or a boutique hotel, in the city centre or on the outskirts of the city, Eindhoven has a great hotel to offer for every preference and budget. Check out the comprehensive selection and book your perfect hotel here!

Editors’ tips:

Rent a bicycle and explore the beautiful surroundings. One stretch of bicycle path you should definitely see is the unique Van Gogh bicycle path, a beautiful light project by Daniel Roosegaarde.


Eindhoven is the design capital of Holland

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