Vincent Van Gogh's stomping ground at one time when he lived and painted in the nearby village of Neunen, Eindhoven is a bustling and modern city in the south of the Netherlands. This city is not on the tourist trail; so don't expect to see many cameras clicking away. With a history dominated by industrial development, it is linked to the electronics giant Philips that founded its light bulb company in 1891 in Eindhoven. It is a European technology hub hosting a technical university and numerous tech companies. Over the past decade or so the city has become the capital of Dutch design. Large parts of the city were unfortunately destroyed during air raids of World War II. Known as "the City of Light" because of Philips, it sits on the River Dommel and is a busy university town.
You should check out the former industrial complexes sitting in the city's center and visit the first Lamp Factory of Philips founded in 1891 that is now a small museum. Head to the Strijp-S area with its famous clock building and where you will now find a thriving and bohemian arts district. Maybe jump on a bicycle and ride around the historic area of Rijksmonumenten, or head to the open-air museum, the "Eindhoven Museum" where you can go back in time to the Middle Ages for a taste of the simple life. Make sure you visit the workshop and restaurant of the world famous designer, Piet Hein Eek. You can take a walk in the Genneper Park where you will find a biological farm, a cartoon museum and some sporting facilities. For the art lover there is the Van Abbemuseum to browse through with over 2,700 pieces to gawk at including some works of Pablo Picasso. There are plenty of museums for the enquiring mind such as The Philips Museum, the DAF Museum, and the PSV Eindhoven Museum for the sporting enthusiast, plus enough old churches for those into religion to be satisfied.
Make sure you go to the picture-perfect small village close by of Nuenen and visit the "Vincentre" dedicated to Van Gogh.
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