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.
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.