In the province of North Brabant a city called Eindhoven is located, in the southern Netherlands. The city was originally centred at the joining point of the streams Gender and Dommel. Later on, in 1950, the Gender stream was dammed, leaving only Dommel still free to run through the city centre. Together with Veldhoven that is adjacent to the city, Eindhoven reaches a sum of 260,000 inhabitants more or less, which ranks the city as the fifth largest one in the Netherlands and is ranked as the first largest in North Brabant.
There are several neighbouring towns and cities which you must be aware of if you’re ever in Eindhoven, such as Geldrop-Mierlo, Heeze-Leende, Nuenen, Eersel, Oirschot and Best. The metropolitan area’s number of inhabitants reaches to almost 750,000, this including Helmond, and Eindhoven is also part of the metropolitan area of Brabant Stad that has a number of inhabitants of over 2 million. The town was nicknamed as the world’s most intelligent community back in 2011 by the Intelligent Community Forum.
From a cultural and recreational part of view, it can be said that Eindhoven is based on two major forces; that of being a major university city and because the town was home to the main location of the Philips company. This together contributed to the growth of Eindhoven and made the town stand out numerous times.
Because Eindhoven is such an important university city, a large number of its inhabitants are students and young people. The people from the Eindhoven University of Technology and several other undergraduate schools always keep a high supply of young inhabitants which in turn have needs who need to be catered to by things such as festivals or clubs. These activities in turn generate a youthful energy and contribute to the development of Eindhoven.
Another important part of Eindhoven is the fact that Philips main company was located in the city for a long time and it contributed greatly for the cultural development of the city. The Philips company offered their workforce cultural institutions along with sporting institutions that can cater to both mind and boy. Some of the cultural institution that the Philips company was founder of were the Muziekcentrum Fritz Philips and the former POC; while regarding the sport institution, Philips founded several out of which the most famous one being Philips Sport Vereniging which was also abbreviated as PSV.
As a result of the influence the Philips company had in Eindhoven, the city is sometimes called as the City of Light due to the projects the company developed that involved lightning up the city buildings. There is even a festival during the Carnaval which is called Lampegate or Hamlet of Lamps, which can also be interpreted in an ironical way for the purpose of the carnival as Hole in the grounds with lamps. This has also been influence by the activity of the Philips company in Eindhoven and it actually refers to its importance in the Eindhoven community.
Although there are numerous other cultural institution that are around and in the city, the two mentioned before had such a big influence over the development of the town that the others have a hard time comparing to them. Nevertheless there are some famous museums which can be found here such as the Centrum Kunstlicht in de Kunst and large public places which are used for open air art such as the Stadswandelpark that has more than 30 modern art pieces.
Even for recreational purposes the Eindhoven has a rather large scene which includes the bars on the Market square or the two cinemas that are located in the centre of the town, namely the Pathe Eindhoven and the Servicebioscoop Zien.
There are several regular festivals that take place in Eindhoven and that offer entertainment for the inhabitants along with the visitors, young and old, while raising the points of culture throughout the year. Such festivals are the Carnaval, the Koninginneddag which is a national holiday or the Marathon Eindhoven which commemorates the liberation of the Eindhoven along with many others that make the city a wonderful place to live in. The time for hesitating has past, now is the time to take action and move to the place of your dreams, move to Eindhoven. Don’t worry about all that packing, we can manage that and we’ll help with all your move so you can just go ahead and enjoy the colourful and youthful life Eindhoven has to offer.
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