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Eindhoven, situated in the Brabant Province near the German border, is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands. Quintessentially Dutch, Eindhoven is also called the City of Light – an unofficial name it earned after a certain key event that changed its destiny forever.

In 1891, the Philips brothers opened a small electric light bulb factory here, which today is one of the largest electronics companies in the world. Life in Eindhoven is inextricably linked with the activities of Philips – the company organises many different events, the most famous of which is the annual GLOW Festival of Light, which attracts large crowds of tourists every year.

Church with light pattern during lightshow Glow
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Church with light pattern during lightshow Glow

This celebration is uniquely charming – the myriads of different and original light installations that are built during the day look absolutely fantastic in the evening. As the sun sets, all of the surrounding buildings change completely. Some of the light events astound people with their sheer originality. The festival lasts for an entire week. The city is also known for dozens of other traditional events.

Every summer here is marked by several celebrations: the Folkwoods Festival, dedicated to national history and culture; the Sundance Music Festival; the international UCI Pro Tour bicycle marathon, the results of which are of interest to both young and old cycling enthusiasts - which is nothing out of the ordinary, by the way, as bicycles are absolutely worshipped here! In Eindhoven, no one gets around without this environmentally friendly means of transportation. Conditions for cycling here are excellent – every city district can be easily reached by bike.

Fast buses, moving along special city lanes like F1 cars, are very popular in Eindhoven. Many locals consider the brand new, modular design, three-section and 24-metre-long passenger bus Phileas to be the symbol of their city.

A conference centre and former science museum
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  A conference centre and former science museum

Eindhoven is also a car manufacturing centre. The local company DAF makes lorries and passenger cars, some of which are displayed in the DAF Museum, and are very popular among technology enthusiasts. While we’re talking about transportation, it would be a shame not to mention Eindhoven’s unique public transportation stops – they’re simply drowning in flowers, and the nearby rubbish bins look like cash machines.

When sports enthusiasts think of Eindhoven, they think of the football club PSV. One of the most popular pastime activities here is going to football matches. During off days, you can visit the legendary Eindhoven football stadium for a guided tour.

Even though the city is not a centre of international tourism, those who spend at least a couple of days here are usually pleasantly surprised by the combination of ancient architecture and modern technology. National-style buildings imperceptibly blend with impressive, futuristic structures, while industry blends with pristine natural environments.

People skate on the rink in the Dutch city of Eindhoven
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  People skate on the rink in the Dutch city of Eindhoven

Eindhoven is known for its clean air, many beautiful parks and a very spacious and well-maintained zoo. The city centre and surrounding streets are all meant for pedestrians. Here you’ll find many excellent museums, the most popular of which are the art museum Stedelijk van Abbe and the scientific award-winning Eveluon, located in a building that looks like a flying saucer.

Another thing you must do while visiting Eindhoven is try some local beer. The tastiest one is called La Trapp and is made in a Benedictine Order monastery in accordance with an ancient recipe. The monastery has its own little restaurant, where you can also try some beer soup, beer bread, beer cheese, beer liquor and other culinary chef-d'oeuvres made with beer.

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