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'ad it with Amsterdam? OutUK’s Adrian Gillan reaches Nether-parts other guides don’t reach in Holland’s Eindhoven.
Home to Dutch footie kings PSV Eindhoven, the Philips electro-giant and with over 200,000 inhabitants, including many young design students, Holland’s fifth biggest city punches well above its gay weight!

Eindhoven's cultural jewel is undoubtedly the Guggenheim-esque Van Abbe Museum.

This features a world-class permanent exhibition, innovative and often cheeky installations, amazing architecture and lovely sun-kissed café terrace. If you’ve time to squeeze in one more big attraction before hitting the bars, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the Philips Light Bulb Factory where you can see a lively demo of how the first Philips light bulb was manufactured in 1891; plus its adjoining Centre for Artificial Light in Art, brimming with hot neon and optics.

Hire a bicycle to roam the many bike tracks both in and out of town. Check out the Van Gogh Visitor Centre in the nearby village of Nuenen, where the Dutch master lived and worked for two years (1883-1885). See the actual trees, homes and churches he painted - even where his then-mistress lived!

Absorb the atmosphere and smells at the Historical Open Air Museum on the outskirts of town, with its Iron Age, Viking and Medieval reconstructions. Saunter through the lovely Stadswandelpark (City Park) just south of centre, with its many concerts and year-round festival programmes.

GAY EINDHOVEN

Naturally, the Netherlands loves its queers. COC Eindhoven (Pand54 Gay Café) in the Prins Hendrikstraat is a LGBT centre for all ages with friendly volunteers and always a fun atmosphere. There's something for everyone in here and Pand54 is their pleasant meeting café. It's a cozy but also a safe meeting place and their team have an eye for newcomers and know their way around the COC. They make a special effort with visitors for the first time and your first drink is always for free.

The COC also hosts Gay Sportclub Kouros Eindhoven, which offers gays, lesbians, transgenders and bisexuals the opportunity to exercise in a relaxed atmosphere with like-minded people. They started with just volleyball in 1989 but since the club has grown into an association with four sports branches: fitness training, ballroom dancing, ladies indoor football and bootcamp. Members are also active in other sports such as squash, tennis, cycling and swimming.

Though there are no overtly gay-targeting restaurants, you’ll particularly enjoy the light-and-airy nunnery-turned-gastro-gem Boon on Willemstraat and the modern, ambient Frits in the famous Frits Philips Music Centre in central Heuvelgalerie.

Eindhoven also boasts a friendly, lively and sizable queer scene, mainly clustered around Stratumsedijk. These Netherboyz really love to party all week round; but Saturday is defo the biggie! Warm up by getting tanked up at down-to-earth pub Genestho, with local beer pumped at just two euros a blast. The local gang normally then round the night off at packed and pumping Pallaz Club, just over the road, before steaming for a couple of hours at the nearby small but rather intimate Sauna Bonaparte.

GETTING & STAYING THERE

The four-star Mandarin Park Plaza on Geldropseweg is just around the corner from the main queer quarter on Stratumsedijk, offering spacious rooms, a section of restaurants, a pool and Finnish sauna! Our hotel partners Booking.com also offer a selection of gay-friendly Eindhoven hotels at low online rates. Ryanair fly direct to Eindhoven from London Stansted from as little as £40-60 depending onn when you travel.

THE LITTLE BLACK BOOK
Boon (Willemstraat 61; T: +31 (0)40 237 7393; Website)
Club Pecheur (Stratumsedijk 37; Website)
COC Eindhoven (Pand54 Gay Café) (Prins Hendrikstraat 54; T: +31 40 245 5700; Website)
Frits (Heuvelgalerie 140)
Gay Sportclub Kouros Eindhoven (Prins Hendrikstraat 54; Website)
Genestho (Stratumsedijk 21; T: +31 (0)40 212 2637)
Mandarin Park Plaza (Geldropseweg 17; T: +31 (0)40 212 5055; Website)
Pallaz Club (Stratumsedijk 12-14; T: +31 (0)40 211 1714)
Sauna Bonaparte (Ledeganckstraat 1; T: +31 (0)40 251 1238; Website)

For general information about Eindhoven and the region check out the following: thisiseindhoven.com   zobrabant.nl   holland.com

Revised March 2019

 

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