|the Philips Witte Dame|
|Icerink on the Markt, December 2012|
The main shopping area in Eindhoven, like the city is fairly compact. The Heuvel Galerie and the Piazza are the two shopping centers with plenty of other shops in the surrounding streets. The Blob, seen above is the latest addition to Eindhoven's shopping landscape. Best cup of coffee to be found is in the Selxyz book store, close by to the Blob, there you'll also find free wi-fi access.
|De Baron on Kleine Berg|
You'll find more shops and bars on Kleine Berg which is set in the area called the Bergen. Here you'll find an area of Eindhoven which is older than the rest of the generally modern city centre. Its a very relaxed area, home to many artists and over the last few years has attracted a lot of new designer stores.
|Van Abbemuseum, original building|
|Inside the Van Abbemuseum|
|Van Abbemuseum, new building|
From a tourists perspective, Eindhoven does not have as much to offer as the likes of Maastrich, Delft or Leiden. Yes, it has plenty of stores, restaurants, bars etc but it lacks the beauty of some of the other Dutch cities I've mentioned. It's worth spending some time, an overnight stop should be enough. The Van Abbemuseum and the Philips Light Museum are worth a visit. If you visit the Van abbemuseum of modern art, be sure and take the lift from the top floor to the ground floor. Why? You'll just have to wait and see....
For some great food, you can try Auberge Nassau which also has its own B&B, as well as Restaurant 1910. Both are fairly central on the picturesque Wilhelmina Plein. If you choose either of these restaurants, have a drink before or after in the Gaper which is close by.
|Eindhoven Marathon startline|
If you're a keen runner with ambitions to run a marathon or to set your personal best time, the Eindhoven Marathon is worth considering. Why? Simply because like the rest of the country Eindhoven is flat, very flat, no hills to tire you out. The event is held annually around the middle of October.
|Queens Day Market in Eindhoven|
Throughout the Netherlands cycling is a way of life, so be aware and look before you step onto the cycle paths as cyclists have right of way and tend to take no prisoners. The whole country is criscrossed by cycle paths which are a great way to escape the cities and explore some of the flat but still beautiful countryside.
Every year during the month of November, Eindhoven lights up in an event called Glow, through a forum of interventions, installations, performances and events based on the phenomena of artifical light. Its a major event in the city which attracts large crowds who walk the Glow route. For some photos of the 2012 event, enter Eindhoven Glow 2012 into the Search Box.