Philips Trail, Eindhoven

Philips Trail (Self Guided), Eindhoven

Eindhoven owes the Philips Company a big percentage of its fame and reputation. The Philips Company is a very important element in the city's history, culture and industry. The Eindhoveners are proud to have the Philips name linked to the most diverse places such as conference halls, museums and concert rooms, and to build sculptures to remember the people who changed the city's quiet existence and transformed it into a famous industrial centre. Visitors will be surprised by the rich history that stands behind the world renowned Philips brand.
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Philips Trail Map

Guide Name: Philips Trail
Guide Location: Netherlands » Eindhoven (See other walking tours in Eindhoven)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles
Author: Cathy
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Anton Philips Statue
  • Frits Philips Statue
  • Frits Philips Music Hall
  • Philips Incandescent Lamp Factory
  • The White Lady
  • Philips Stadion
  • Evoluon
Anton Philips Statue

1) Anton Philips Statue

The statue of the famous Anton Philips is located in front of the main railway station in Eindhoven. The creation of this central landmark belongs to Oswald Wenckebach - a Dutch painter and sculptor. He sketched it in 1951, shortly before his death. The statue represents Anton Philips - the co-initiator of the Philips Company and one of the main personages in the company's existence. He was the one who succeeded in promoting the company on an international level.
Frits Philips Statue

2) Frits Philips Statue

The Frits Philips Statue is located in the Market Place in the center of Eindhoven. It was discovered for the people in 1997. The sculptor who worked on one of the favourite local monuments was Kees Verkade. Frits Philips' family was offered five models of the potential sculptures to choose from and they thought the present one was the most decent. The statue is entirely made of bronze and it is about three feet tall. The statue represents the nephew of one of the Philips Company's initiators - Gerard Philips. After a while, Frits himself became president of the company. Frits Philips died at the age of one hundred, in 2005.
Frits Philips Music Hall

3) 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.
Philips Incandescent Lamp Factory

4) 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.
The White Lady

5) 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.
Philips Stadion

6) Philips Stadion

Philips Stadion is the 35,000 seater stadium of football club, PSV Eindhoven. It was first inaugurated on 31 August 1913. The stadium is located in the Philipsdorp ('Philips village') part of the Eindhoven borough of Strijp, close to Eindhoven's city centre.

As late as 1933, its capacity was only 300. The average attendance for the season 2007/08 was 33,600.

To allow for enough airflow over the pitch, the seats in the four quadrants are placed in a ventilating position when no match is being played. This contributes to a better quality of the grass. Another measure is the use of grow lights in between matches.

The stadium is sometimes used for matches of the Dutch national football team. The stadium's official record attendance is 34,700, set on 23 October 2005 for the Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and AFC Ajax. While not a large stadium by European standards, Philips Stadion was also one of the four Dutch venues during the Euro 2000 tournament co-hosted by Belgium and the Netherlands, and is rated a four-star stadium by UEFA, which means that it can be used as the venue of a UEFA Cup final. UEFA indeed chose to bring the UEFA Cup final to the facility in 2006 where Sevilla FC beat Middlesbrough F.C. 4–0. In the event of football matches or other major events, the stadium can be reached by train through the Eindhoven Stadion railway station, which has a pedestrian bridge that connects directly to the stadium.


PSV offer guided stadium tours around Philips Stadion that last about 60 minutes and include access to the dressing rooms, players’ tunnel, business club, press centre, trophy room, and PSV museum.

The PSV Museum provides a wonderful day out for PSV fans. You will discover over one hundred years of PSV history. The Hall of Fame features the greatest players, including Jan van Beveren and samba star Romário. The most coveted prizes from the club’s history are on display and a visit to the PSV Museum enables you to experience that red and white feeling in an interactive way. There is a great collection of PSV memorabilia, special photos and unique video footage.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.

7) Evoluon (must see)

The Evoluon is a conference centre and former science museum erected by the electronics and electrical company Philips in Eindhoven, in 1966. Since its construction, it has become a landmark and a symbol for the city. The building is unique due to its very futuristic design, resembling a landed flying saucer. It was designed by architect Louis Christiaan Kalff, while the exhibition was conceived by James Gardner. The building was based on an idea by Frits Philips, who originally made a sketch of the building on a paper napkin. Frits Philips wanted to give the people of Eindhoven a beautiful and educational gift to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the company that bears his family name. Its concrete dome is 77 meters (253 ft) in diameter and is held in place by 169 kilometers (105 mi) of rebar.

In the 1960s and 70s it attracted large visitor numbers, since its interactive exhibitions were a new and unique concept in the Netherlands at that time. But when competing science museums opened in other cities, the number of visitors to the Evoluon declined every year. After several years of losing money, the original museum closed down in 1989 and the Evoluon was converted into a conference center, opening in 1998.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.

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