The ‘Silicon Valley of Europe’
Brainport Eindhoven’s history is steeped in the Philips legacy, which can still be seen today. The city’s reputation continues to grow as a global high-tech manufacturing and design hotspot.
ASML isn’t the only innovative company in the region – the over 200 companies located on Eindhoven’s High Tech Campus are responsible for nearly 40% of all Dutch patent applications, leading to the campus being dubbed ‘the smartest square kilometer in Europe’. Eindhoven’s high-tech startup scene is also booming, thanks to startup accelerators and incubators such as HighTechXL, Lumo Labs and the Eindhoven University of Technology’s student teams.
Culture and More
Eindhoven is home to many museums, design studios, art galleries and exhibition spaces, and hosts a variety of theater productions and live music events. The city’s cultural events are popular with a national and international audience. The annual GLOW light festival attracts more than 750,000 visitors, and every year, students from the top-ranked Eindhoven Design Academy along with other innovators and designers in the region display their latest inventions at Dutch Design Week, which attracts over 300,000 visitors.
Further afield in the province of Brabant, cities such as Breda and ‘s-Hertogenbosch offer opportunities for unique historical and cultural exploration. Artist Vincent Van Gogh was born in Brabant, where he also painted his first masterpiece, ‘The Potato Eaters’. Van Gogh’s footsteps can be traced close to ASML in places such as Nuenen, Zundert, Tilburg, Etten-Leur and ’s-Hertogenbosch. Within two hours’ travel distance from Eindhoven are the cities of Amsterdam, Antwerp, Brussels and Düsseldorf, and many other European destinations are easily reachable via Eindhoven’s international airport. Finally, the Brainport region also boasts beautiful landscapes and nature reserves, many of which are within easy biking or driving distance from Eindhoven.