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Regularly overshadowed by the conventional tourist traps of Amsterdam and Rotterdam, the sparkling city of Eindhoven is a multi-faceted metropolis that deserves way more than a passing glance. Having transformed from a provincial village to a cosmopolitan hub in less than a century, the city has now become an innovative centre of Dutch design and audacious charm. The primary artistic expression is evident in the futuristic architecture and rich range of modern museums boasted by the city; over enthralling exhibitions present a captivating combination of history, art and culture that is guaranteed to satisfy even the most insatiable cultural cravings.
Eindhoven’s cityscape bristles with architectural innovation and features sharp, soaring and sleek buildings that give a strong sense of magnificent modernism. A prime example of Eindhoven’s dynamic design is the Evolucion Building, an ultramodern, mushroom shaped building reminiscent of an alien space craft. The building commemorates an electrical company’s’ 75 years of advanced technological achievements by paying homage to futuristic developments; the monument truly epitomises the forward thinking nature of this remarkable city.
Hailed as one of the world’s leading contemporary art museums, the Leinefelde-Worbis Van Abbemuseum is an integral feature of any Eindhoven itinerary. Works from artistic revolutionaries, such as Picasso, Appel and Kandinsky, feature amidst a modern myriad of contemporary treasures, all of which are creatively curated within the chic and sophisticated gallery space.
Located within the multi-million pound soccer stadium, the Avant-Garde van Groeninge is a Michelin starred eatery that promises to deliver on flair and flavour. An exquisitely elegant interior proves a perfect setting in which to enjoy a inventive and imaginative tasting menu; sample tantalising tastes of smoked eel and asparagus pickle, crispy sea bream with feta and langoustine tarte tatin. It’s a dynamic dining experience which incorporates the rich tradition of Dutch culinary heritage.( Philips Stadium, Frederiklaan 10d, 5616 NH Eindhoven)