The history of the city of Eindhoven dates back to the 13th century when it was originally known as Endhoven. The city changed from Dutch to Spanish before the end of the 16th century. In 1629 the city officially became part of the Netherlands.
Discover amazing facts about Eindhoven.
1. Due to its geographical position, Eindhoven is a great city to use as a base for day trips to other places. This is a good idea if you want to explore cities and other countries in the area while keeping your living costs down by staying in a small town.
2. Before the Industrial Revolution, Eindhoven was a small, insignificant city. Everything changed in 1891 when a small light bulb company known as Philips was established in Eindhoven. In the early 20th century, industrial development took place in the city. The tobacco, textile and automotive industries were the driving force behind the further development of Eindhoven in the 20th century.
3. Besides cycling in the Eindhoven area, the city is very walkable and not too big, so you can certainly count on being able to get around on two legs.
4. The largest institution in the city is the Evoluon Eindhoven, which can accommodate up to 1200 participants.
5. Eindhoven also has an extensive bus system with a large bus station next to the main station. from
6. Planes fly to Eindhoven Airport from over 75 destinations in Europe. The second largest airport in the Netherlands has good bus connections. It is located fifteen minutes from the city center.
7. The city covers an area of 88 km2.
8. During World War II, part of the city was destroyed by air raids. The reconstruction that followed replaced many of the destroyed historic buildings with modern high-rise buildings.
9. Philips brought light to the city of Eindhoven 125 years ago.
10. In 2015, 224,000 people lived here.
11. Although the city is smaller, there are still plenty of places to stay if you want to explore the city in a few days. Many of the hotels are located in the city center.
12. Eindhoven is located in the center of the Netherlands and Europe. Cities such as Antwerp, Amsterdam, Dusseldorf and London are within a 1.5 hour drive.
13. Eindhoven is currently the fifth largest city in the Netherlands.
14. The city is still the headquarters of Philips, which is now an international electronics corporation and has made the city an important technology hub.
15. DAF – or once officially “Van Doorne’s Aanhangwagenfabriek NV” – is a famous Dutch freight company founded in 1928. The head office is located in Eindhoven. You can also visit the DAF Museum here. Here you will learn about the history of the company, the brand and be able to check out models of trucks, cars and prototypes that have never been on the road.
16. It is believed that a castle was built here in the 15th century, and the walls themselves were improved several times. During the last siege of the city, which led to its capture by the Spanish troops, the defensive walls were completely destroyed. Finally, in 1629, Eindhoven was incorporated into the Republic of the Netherlands.
17. Eindhoven is full of international talent. Each year, the Design Academy Eindhoven and the Polytechnic attract hundreds of new students from the Netherlands and abroad.
18. It is a city teeming with creativity, innovation, technology, design and knowledge. The best advice is to get to know the city on foot or by bike.