More about sport in Eindhoven

Among a population of more than 200,000 inhabitants, Eindhoven has almost 100,000 citizens who actively take part in sport at least once a week. In addition, countless other people are involved in sport in some way or another. Over 70 different kinds of sports can be done in an active or recreational way, within a club or individually. Eindhoven has many sport accommodations including: 12 sport parks (165-hectare fields), 2 combi-swimming pools, 1 indoor ice sports centre, 1 indoor sports centre, 1 indoor tennis accommodation and 20 neighborhood sport accommodations.

The best-known sports team in Eindhoven is of course the PSV soccer team. This club became league champion of the Netherlands for twenty-three times! Just as famous beyond our national borders are the PSV swimmers, the most well known name is Pieter van den Hoogenband (2 golden and 2 bronze medals at the Olympics in Sydney 2000 and 1 golden and 2 silver medals at the Olympics in Athens 2004) who used to train in the Tongelreep. Nowadays this pool is named after Pieter van den Hoogenband. This pool will be hosting the Eindhoven Diving Cup 2019. Eindhoven is host to a variety of sport events. Some are only occasional, others are organized each year. The city council of Eindhoven is a promotional, facilitating and financial partner of the organizing sport organization in many of these sport events.

Some of these events are:

  • Euro 2000 (European Football Championships);
  • Dutch Open badminton; and World Championships
  • World Volleyball league;
  • European Volleyball Championships;
  • ATP senior tour (with e.g. Boris Becker and John Mc Enroe);
  • Davis Cup (Tennis);
  • DLL Eindhoven Marathon;
  • International Concourse Hippique;
  • World Championships Ice Hockey;
  • European Swimming Championships 200
  • European Championships Diving 2012
  • European Masters Diving Championships 2013
  • A great number of National Swimming Championships.
  • 20 x Eindhoven Diving Cup (formerly known as Senet Diving Cup and PSV Arena diving cup)
    and many more….
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Going out Areas!

The Markt is a central location in the heart of the city, where in fine weather, the terraces are immediately full. Here, you mainly find “Grand Cafés” where you can eat, drink and swing. Also situated on the Markt is the legal Holland Casino.

Opposite the central station of Eindhoven is Stationsplein. With its restaurants, “Grand cafés”, trendy dancing bars and terraces, this is an outstanding example of an area that is made for going out.

More pubs, bars, pleasant eating-places and restaurants are situated in Dommelstraat (side-street of Stationsplein), the venue ‘De Effenaar’ is also situated here.

Want to go on a pub-crawl? The Stratumseind is extraordinarily suited for this. This is the street with the most bars in the whole of the Netherlands! There are more than 40 bars and various eating places which are also open at night. Check out the website of the longest pub street in the Netherlands! De Bergen is a piece of old Eindhoven, which is still in reasonably original condition. The pleasant bars and restaurants on the ‘Kleine Berg’ are popular with the more artistic members of the public. It is a few minutes’ walk through the narrow streets to Wilhelminaplein. In this characteristic square there are authentic brown bars, terraces and live performances. In summer, open-air performances are regularly organized. Every Sunday afternoon and Monday evening stunning live performances are given at café Wilhelmina. The ‘De Gaper’ bar has some 200 different sorts of whisky.


Culture in Eindhoven

Cultural life in Eindhoven is booming. New buildings for cultural companies and a very diverse program of activities. Special for Eindhoven are the many café’s who serve as a stage for bands and comedians. For high end programs in different languages check out the leaflet ‘HighCulture’.

Two large cinemas in the city centre offer the popular films:

Pathé Cinema – Dommelstraat 27, phone + 31 (0)900-1458;
Vue Cinema; Nieuwe Emmasingel 20, phone + 31 (0)40 2490255

The theatre & music cultural site of Eindhoven has grown with the recent additions of the new pop podium the Effenaar, youth centre Dynamo, and the Park Theatre. But we shouldn’t forget the international renowned top concerts and performances in Muziekcentrum Frits Philips.

Those who think of industrial heritage, think of Strijp-S. Previously, it was known as ‘the forbidden city’, as the site was only accessible to Philips employees. Today, the old factories are transformed into cool shops and good food spots as well as luxurious lofts and creative workplaces.

Food and drinks

Of all the good restaurants in Eindhoven we would like to give special attention to a few of them. Nice dinner & drinks at Grand Café Berlage, Meneer Frits, Bagel and Juice, Café de Baron, Eetcafé Ons Stadspaviljoen, Restaurant Fens, Stads Grand Café De Spijker, Brasserie De Witte Tafel, Restaurant Sophie.


Shop till you drop is a definite possibility in Eindhoven! For it is home to more than one hundred shops in the different shopping areas in the centre.

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Activities and art

Eindhoven has lots of fun and exciting things to keep the KIDS amused, which is great if you’re planning a day out with the children or grandchildren. Be active or enjoy nature? Eindhoven has it all. The city itself, but also the surroundings have a multitude of enjoyable activities to offer. Eindhoven’s collection of ART sparks envy on both national and international levels, and has a multitude of enjoyable activities to offer, including the Van Abbemuseum. Eindhoven also has many smaller museums and art-initiatives.

Eindhoven has a compact and lively city centre. People go out and 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 Eindhoven the pubs are opened until 04.00 am on Fridays and Saturdays. On other days they close at 02.00 am.

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