The next stop of my “Discover Holland” adventure is Eindhoven, a city about which you probably have heard before. If you ever live in the Netherlands, particularly in Maastricht, you will inevitably end up passing by this city, as it is a city that lays at the crossroad between the South and the North of the country.
Eindhoven is one of the largest cities in the Netherlands, and also one of the oldest. The city is dominated by many not-so-impressive industrial buildings, but it also hosts beautiful modern buildings and a few old, gorgeous cathedrals. One of these cathedrals is Sint Catharinakerk, a 19th century neo-Gothic church, whose two towers and rose-shaped windows rise nicely above the city center. The city is also famous for being a technology and design hub, and for being the place of birth of Phillips electronics. Some of you, might also know it for its football team, PSV Eindhoven, which does…well not that bad… in the Dutch champions league.
I have visited Eindhoven various times, but the one time that I would really like to mention is during the Glow Festival. If you decide to take time and walk around Eindhoven, please do it during this festival. It is a light festival, during which the streets of the city, especially during the nights, become magical. There are lights everywhere, weird projections on walls of buildings all across the city, and impressive “electrical” (literally) shows. You can find more details about the festival here: http://www.gloweindhoven.nl/en.
Eindhoven is also an important student city, so if any of you is heading there for their studies, let me know! 🙂