Contemporary Eindhoven, the fifth largest city of the Netherlands, has everything to offer to make life pleasant: festive events, a variety of places of entertainment, countless shops and high-level design, technology and cultural.

As early as 1232, Eindhoven received city rights and is, as such, one of the oldest cities of the Netherlands. This, however, is not apparent from the appearance of the city. In World War II, many concrete reminders of the past were destroyed. Particularly in the 20th century, the city was transformed into a modern centre, where commerce and industry made the city flourish. Eindhoven is now one of the leading technological cities in Europe. Multinationals, such as Philips and DAF, played an important part in this. This is still clearly visible in the city from the existing industrial heritage and several museums that capitalise on this, such as the Philips Museum, the DAF Museum and the Philips Light Bulb Factory.

This year, well-known crowd-pullers such as Fiesta del Sol, Jazz in Lighttown, Reggae Sundance and the Lichtjesroute (light tour) will take part in the festival programme again. There will also be a number of innovative events that underline the city’s strengths, such as the Design Week in October, that is entirely dedicated to design. In the colder months of the year, Eindhoven’s town centre is given a cosy winter ambience. Shop windows are festively decorated, terraces are warmed and an open-air ice rink has been constructed at the Market.

Since its creation, in 1936, the Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum has developed into one of the leading museums for modern and contemporary art. After years of renovating and construction, the museum has reopened its doors. The existing building has been expanded and provides four times as much exhibition space. In addition, the renovated museum provides accommodation for an auditorium, a bookshop, restaurant and multimedia library.

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