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The Town of Philips

Aug 17, 2007
The Netherlands fifth largest city is Eindhoven. A bustling city centre with a huge variety of shops, numerous bars, pubs and restaurants, a lively nightlife, an overflowing events calendar and art and culture of the highest quality. But it also has a rich historical background; at first sight a young and modern city, it is actually one of the oldest in town in the Netherlands.

Eindhoven Airport is a modern and international airport from where you can daily fly to destinations such as Barcelona, Madrid, Dublin, Istanbul, London Heathrow & London Stansted, Paris, Marseille, Milan, Pisa and Rome. Especially in the summertime, but also during the rest of the year you can fly to Turkey, Greece, France, Portugal and Spain.

Eindhoven has a compact and lively city centre. Nightlife takes place mainly in five different going out areas. These areas, each with its own atmosphere and character, are all within walking distance of one another in the city centre. Opening hours in Eindhoven are until 04.00 hours on Fridays and Saturdays. On other days they close at 02.00 hours.

Shop till you drop is a possibility in this town. It is home to more than one hundred shops in the different shopping areas in the centre.

The international football team, PSV were the 1988 winners of the European Cup Champions League, the highest achievement in European club football.

De Tongelreep Swimming Paradise is on the southern edge of Eindhoven is the perfect place for a rest. The park contains a a paddling pool, subtropical wave pool, chute-the-chute, bubble pools, whirlpools, a 50m indoor swimming pool, and an outdoor pool with a sunbathing area.

Van Abbemuseum collections at the museum feature works of art collected since 1908. The 2700 pieces of art work include sculptures, paper works, paintings, and video works

Large scale air raids in World World Two destroyed large parts of the city. The reconstruction that followed left very little historical remains and the post war reconstruction period saw drastic renovation plans in high rise style buildings, some of which were implemented. At the time, there was little regard for historical heritage.

Much of Eindhoven growth is due to DAF Trucks and Philips. In 1891 Gerard and Anton Philips founded the small light bulb factory that has grown to one of the largest in the world. The presence of Philips probably contributes to the major growth of Eindhoven in the 20th century.
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Douglas Scott works for The Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Dutch Villa Rental Site
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