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Eindhoven Introduction Walk (Self Guided), Eindhoven

Eindhoven is an amazing city with numerous extraordinary landmarks that will remain in the memory of any visitor for a very long time due to their beauty, uniqueness and personality. Though all the presented attractions are quite distinct from each other in terms of their style, age and destination, they are all veritable works of art, designed and worked on by the most talented architects, sculptors and other world class Dutch masters. A walk following the present guide will offer you an extraordinary experience and plenty of information to share with your dear ones.
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Eindhoven Introduction Walk Map

Guide Name: Eindhoven Introduction Walk
Guide Location: Netherlands » Eindhoven (See other walking tours in Eindhoven)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 13
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles
Author: Cathy
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Market Square
  • Frits Philips Music Hall
  • Saint Catherine's Church (Catharinakerk)
  • War and Liberation Monument (Oorlogs- en Bevrijdingsmonument)
  • Van Abbemuseum
  • Vesteda Tower
  • Sacred Heart Church (Heilig Hartkerk)
  • Former Rabobank Office
  • De Effenaar
  • Admirant Shopping Eindhoven
  • The White Lady
  • Philips Incandescent Lamp Factory
  • Demer (street)
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Market Square

1) Market Square

The main square of Eindhoven is surrounded by cosy cafés and pubs. In winter, the terraces are taken away to make way for an ice ring. As the name suggests, various markets are frequently held here, including a small antiques market on Saturdays.
There are also a number of statues of famous city inhabitants, such as Jan van Hooff (by Auke Hettema, 1992) and Frits Philips (by Kees Verkade) on the Market Square, as well as a carousel. Despite the fact that some old buildings located in the square have been demolished over the years, there are still some national and municipal monuments to be admired.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Frits Philips Music Hall

2) Frits Philips Music Hall (must see)

The Frits Philips Music Hall is a very well known and popular stage in the Netherlands and even outside the country. It was named in honour of the best Philips Company enterpreneur. It obtained its name in 1995, as a gift for the ninety year anniversary of Frits Philips. The concert hall hosts the most diverse performances, starting with jazz and ending with pop concerts. The acoustics of the hall are fantastic and its capacity is 160 thousand seats. There is a restaurant and cafe attached. Frits Philips Music Hall, besides offering grand concerts, can be visited as a tourist attraction where visitors are able to learn more about the hall's history.
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Saint Catherine's Church (Catharinakerk)

3) Saint Catherine's Church (Catharinakerk) (must see)

Saint Catherine's Church is a Roman Catholic church built in honour of Saint Catherine of Alexandria. It is one of the most spectacular churches in Eindhoven. The present building replaced the former Catherine Church - an old ramshackled structure. The construction of the church took place between 1861 and 1867. It was designed in neo-Gothic style by Pierre Cuypers - a beginner architect at that point of his career. Saint Catherine's has two towers, seventy meters each. In keeping with the French Gothic style, the towers are different from each other and are named the David Tower and the Mary Tower. The church has two organs, one of them being one of the largest in the country. In 1972, Saint Catherine's was declared a national monument of the Netherlands.
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War and Liberation Monument (Oorlogs- en Bevrijdingsmonument)

4) War and Liberation Monument (Oorlogs- en Bevrijdingsmonument)

The War and Liberation Monument in Eindhoven is a WWII memorial, made entirely of bronze. It was founded in September, 1954. The idea of such a landmark belonged to Paul Gregoire. It represents three male figures with their backs to each other and their heads bowed. They reflect the citizen, the soldier and the freedom fighter. The monument is situated on a round stone stand with sequences from the war embossed around it. A text about the importance of the soldiers' sacrifice is also engraved on the stand.
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Van Abbemuseum

5) Van Abbemuseum (must see)

The main building of the Van Abbemuseum was designed by Alexander Kropholler and was built in 1936 in order to house the big collection of modern art items donated by Henri van Abbe to Eindhoven in 1903. The structure was created in traditional architectural style using red bricks. As the collection grew throughout the years, it was decided to build an extension to the existing building. The new building's design was created by Abel Cahen - a talented contemporary architect. The new addition of the museum was inaugurated by Queen Beatrix. The collection of Van Abbemuseum includes numerous exponents made by famous modern artists like Pablo Picasso, Piet Mondrian and El Lissitzky. The museum has an art cafe and a gift shop attached to it. Visitors are welcome to visit from Tuesday to Sunday 11.00 to 17.00. On Thursdays, the museum is open until 21.00.
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Vesteda Tower

6) Vesteda Tower

Vesteda is a tower residential building located in the center of Eindhoven. It is representative of contemporary architectural style. Its design was developed by Dutch architect Jo Coenen and his company. The construction of the structure was completed in 2006 and the building was at once declared one of the five tallest structures in Noord-Brabant county. The tower is ninety meters high and includes twenty-seven floors. Vesteda has a narrow diamond shape and is made of glass and high quality stone.
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Sacred Heart Church (Heilig Hartkerk)

7) Sacred Heart Church (Heilig Hartkerk)

The Sacred Heart Church (Heilig Hartkerk) is an ancient Catholic churh located in the center of the city. The other name of the church is Paterskerk. Construction of the Sacred Heart was completed in 1898 and its architecture was developed by PJ Bekker and JPI Hegener. The church was designed in neo-Gothic style using red and yellow bricks. The three aisles of Paterskerk are decorated with rich architectural details, narrow stained glass windows and statues of saints. The tallest of the towers is sixty meters high. The most beautiful element of the church is a statue of Jesus, four meters high, designed by Jean Roermond Geelen - a talented sculptor. Since 2006, the church is declared the "City Parish".
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Former Rabobank Office

8) Former Rabobank Office

Rabobank, or as it was called before 1971 - the Cooperative Centrale Boerenleenbank, is housed by a splendid building located in the heart of the city. The structure was built in 1909 and the architect who was talented enough to create its beautiful design was Jan Stuyt. The project was executed in Um 1800 Bewegung architectural style. The walls of the bank were made entirely of red bricks. The facade is ornate with beautiful Classical details. Today, the building houses a restaurant. The building of Rabobank is officially declared a national monument of the Netherlands.
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De Effenaar

9) De Effenaar (must see)

De Effenaar is the largest cultural centre in Eindhoven. It is housed by a very contemporary building not far from the station in the center of the city. It was opened in 1971 and since then it gained the reputation of an icon of promoting local talents. The center has two halls used for concerts as well as dance nights and a big cafe. Besides sustaining native artists and bands, De Effenaar's stage has featured world renowned stars like Limp Bizkit, Busta Rhymes, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Cure, Smashing Pumpkins and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. The club hosts concerts every night and a dance party on Saturdays. Because of the crazy popularity of the center, tickets should be purchased in advance. The ticket office is open from Mon to Sat - 13.00 - 18.00. De Effenaar is closed on Sundays.
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Admirant Shopping Eindhoven

10) Admirant Shopping Eindhoven

Admirant Shopping Eindhoven, a shopping area in downtown Eindhoven was primary known for the old headquarters of Philips (the Brown Lord) and the lamp factory (now a museum). Now it is a trendy shopping area with the glass structure "the Blob" and a new shopping street while keeping the little piece of Eindhoven's history intact. The shopping center has a mix of large chains but also smaller design stores. More than 25 fashionable shopping and food formulas in the center of the city of lights ensure that you lack nothing. Whether you are looking for a new book, an evening like at the movies, chat over a drink with friends or to enjoy lunch, you'll find it all in The Admirant.
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The White Lady

11) The White Lady (must see)

The White Lady, known also as the Witte Dame or the Philips Lighthouse is a building belonging initially to the Philips Company. The structure was built between 1928 and 1931 and its design was created by Dirk Roosenburg - a talented and well-known Dutch architect of that time. In the beginning, the company used the building for creating light bulbs. Around 1980 the structure was abandoned because Philips moved its manufacturing to an international level. Demolition was avoided and the building was exposed to a grand renovation process. Nowadays the White Lady houses diverse offices, shops and banks as well as the Philips Corporate Design offices, the MU gallery and the municipal public library.
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Philips Incandescent Lamp Factory

12) Philips Incandescent Lamp Factory (must see)

The Philips Incandescent Lamp Factory was the first Philips factory to create lamps. It was inaugurated in 1891. The initiator of the project was Gerard Philips, who rented the building and hired people to do manual work. After three years, the business was joined by Anton Philips, Gerard's brother, after which the factory started to expand and gain a reputation. In 1991 a brand new building was constructed across the road and the factory moved there. A red light representing the contact between the new and the old illuminated the road between the two buildings. In March, 2002 the structure was opened to the public as a museum. It is divided into two parts, one of which exposes paintings and sculptures somehow linked to artificial lighting and the second showing off machines and tools used for the manufacture of light bulbs, mostly invented by Philips. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday.
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Demer (street)

13) Demer (street)

The Demer is the main shopping street of the core shopping area in the center of Eindhoven . The street, after the Kalverstraat in Amsterdam , is the small state in Maastricht and the long Elisabethstraat in Utrecht on the fourth place of streets with the highest rents in the Netherlands. A square meter costs at the Demer between € 1000 and € 1200 per year. During a ribbon bombardment on December 6, 1942 , the entire Demer was destroyed. All architecture in this street is therefore logical from the 1950s . In addition, the road was greatly expanded during reconstruction. Nevertheless, the street is a beautiful mix of properties, which initially do not indicate the relative youth of the buildings. 1580 the Demer was called the Volderseinde and the Volderstraat and contained a small bridge that stretched over the river above. This street was the first street in Eindhoven after the entrance via the Woenselse gate, and walked out on the Straitweg Road (later called the Rechtestraat).
Sight description based on wikipedia

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