6x Beginner's tips for the Lichtjesroute
Like every year, 18 September marks the start of the Lichtjesroute. For three weeks, Eindhoven is beautifully lit up at night, by ornaments on a 22-kilometer route. Is this your first time? Let's get you started with some tips for beginners!
A little bit of history
The origin of the Lichtjesroute lies in the liberation of Eindhoven by the Allied Forces on 18 September 1944. In 1945, at the first commemoration of the liberation, a Party Lighting Committee was formed. The committee intended to use light to enhance the celebration. The people of Eindhoven were asked to help light up their homes. Because materials were scarce soon after the war, a candle was the most obvious choice to put in front of the window. Since then, the Lichtjesroute has slowly turned into the route we know today.
After the annual Fakkeldefilé (torchlight show), which is only accessible online for the public this year, the lightbulbs are traditionally lit on 18 September and burn until the second Sunday of October (this year, 10 October) at 10.30 pm. Burning hours are from 19:00 to 22:30 from Sunday to Thursday and from 19:00 to 23:30 on Friday and Saturday.
Districts and themes
The Lichtjesroute runs for the most part through the districts of Stratum, Strijp, and Woensel. Various themes match the surroundings. For example, in Vaartbroek, you spot the constellations because the street names come from Greek and Roman mythology. In the White Village (Witte Dorp), red, white, and blue lights shine in the shape of a 'V,' which stands for peace and freedom (vrede and vrijheid in Dutch). This year, the Smurfs are back to adorn the well-known duck pond.
Hop on your bike
You can travel the route in any way you want to: by bus, car, motor, bike, and of course, on foot. Our suggestion? Try biking! Without children, it takes about two hours, and you have zero chance of traffic jams. It's extra fun to go on your bike during the special bicycle evening on 25 September. That way, you're not cycling alone (remember the measures), and you get to enjoy some live music.