Part 5: Eindhoven's culture
You will be much more than just a Dutch person in a while. Soon you will be someone from Eindhoven above all. But what does this mean? Despite being a small country, our cultural differences are pretty significant. In this part, we tell you more about the Culture in Eindhoven.
Eindhoven obtained its town privileges in 1232.
With 238,000 inhabitants, Eindhoven is the fifth-largest city in the Netherlands.
Eindhoven is located in the province of North Brabant in the south of the Netherlands (and thus not in Holland).
In Eindhoven, many people have a Brabant accent and speak with a soft ‘G’.
Eindhoven has a rich history, full of creativity and innovation.
Football is very popular among its inhabitants. That’s quite obvious, considering that we have a gigantic football stadium in the city's center.
The vibes of Eindhoven
You may have come across them already: the vibes of Eindhoven. The vibes stand for the creative and unconventional energy of the city. The logo of Eindhoven is used for everything these days. Posters, food, and even tattoos. You see it everywhere. Share the vibe!
We're always ready to help each other
Eindhoven is known as a city that has village characteristics. People do not just greet you in the morning. You can also count on them to help you. Whether you want to borrow a drilling machine or need extra muscle power during moving, help is always nearby. All you need to do is ask.
Don’t be scared when you walk across dead bodies
When you walk in front of the Catharina Church, you literally walk across dead bodies. Under the illuminated glass covers lie victims of the plague who died during the Middle Ages. During excavations, researchers discovered that these bones had unique DNA. The epidemic caused mutations in their DNA that are now very valuable for research into HIV. How interesting!
Eindhoven and Philips go hand in hand. What started as a small light bulb factory gradually became one of the world's best-known innovative companies. Everybody has a Philips product at home, or not? Philips is the founder of many things in Eindhoven and is interwoven with the DNA of the city. When you walk through the different districts, you can recognize many of the old factory buildings. It’s hard to believe, but behind those thick concrete facades, they used to assemble radios and televisions. These days, most Philips has moved to the city's edge, and the work floors have changed into trendy restaurants, innovative companies, and a flourishing creative sector. Typical for Eindhoven!
ASML: World’s most important company
Yes, correct. The Eindhoven region accommodates the world’s most important company you might never have heard of. ASML produces the best chip machines in the world, manufacturing the chips in almost all your equipment. Also, in your smartphone!
Dutch Design Week
Eindhoven is the most prominent design city in the Netherlands, and that title is not surprising. In addition to one of world’s best design schools, Design Academy Eindhoven, and a large design community, we also have Dutch Design Week. With 2,600 designers, more than one hundred locations, and some 350,000 visitors, it is the largest design festival in North Europe. Will we see you there?
Another event that became ingrained in the culture of Eindhoven. GLOW. Every year, November is marked by this enchanting light festival. Local and international artists connect the power of light, innovation, and technology by creating unique light artworks. This light festival is a beautiful walking route, and it is traditional for many people living in Eindhoven to walk it together with friends and family.
'Lichtjesroute' (Route of Lights)
18 September 1944 is a unique date for Eindhoven. On this decisive day, Eindhoven was liberated, and the war seemed to be over in our city. The people from Eindhoven welcomed the liberators with lights behind the windows. We commemorate and celebrate this every year with the Lichtjesroute. A beautiful route with up to 60 different light objects and 100,000 lights. Join us again by foot, bike, or car this year and experience it yourself!