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Planning a short break to Eindhoven? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Eindhoven. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Eindhoven. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

De Collse Water Mill

Collseweg 1, Eindhoven. De Collse Watermolen, as it's known in Dutch, was immortalised when it was painted by Vincent van Gogh. It is situated right on the border of Eindhoven en Nuenen and serves both a wheat mill on the Eindhoven side and an oil mill on the side of Nuenen.

It is not known when exactly it was built, but it was first mentioned in an act from 1337.

There are many beautiful bicycle and hiking trails around the mill. Bicycles and more information on the routes is available from the VVV in Stationplein 17

Open Saturday from 9.30 pm to 12.30 pm. Admission is free.

For more information visit - www.vvveindhoven.nl/

Zwemparadijs de Tongelgreep

A. Coolenlaan 1, Eindhoven. This is the biggest swimming paradise in the Netherlands. Inside this centre you will find many exciting attractions like the "Turbo Tol", the "Suisbuis" which is a swimming pool with water slides, a separate pool for toddlers as well as herb and steam baths. On the outside you will find small pools connected with bridges and terraces, another pool for toddlers, a big lawn for sun tanning and lots of other exhilarating water features. Open from Monday to Friday from 10 am to 10 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5.30 pm.

See the website: www.tongelreep.nl

Hot Air Balloon Rides

Information and reservations from VVV Eindhoven, Stationsplein 17 or visit www.vvveindhoven.nl/. Can you imagine a more exciting way of doing sight seeing? This fantastic excursion will include the following. A social get together at or close to the starting place where you will get instructions and training. You will then be actively involved in the setting up of the balloon and filling it with hot air. Then it's last checks before the adventure begins. Being up in the air in one of these balloons is an unreal experience. It feels as if time stands still. After a safe landing, preferably in an open field, you will help dismantling the balloon, after which you will enjoy champagne and snacks. The price of EUR140 per person includes the ride, the champagne and snacks, a personlised certificate, insurance and transport back to the starting location. Balloon rides are organised right through the year. The ride lasts for about and hour and a half, but you should put aside about four hours in total. Children younger than 7 are not allowed and children of 7 to 16 years old must be accompanied by and adult. All passengers must be physically strong enough to climb into the basket.

Van Abbemuseum

Bilderdijklaan 10, Eindhoven. The Van Abbemuseum is one of the most important museums of modern art. The original museum which was built in 1936, has recently been renovated and extended. The new building has a large exhibition area, a multi media library, an auditorium, a restaurant and an educational area. It is situated on the banks of the Dommel river where the river forms a small lake. The 26 meter high tower of the new building is a real eye catcher. The exhibitions are changing all the time. You can get information on the current exhibitions from the museum's web site http://www.vanabbemuseum.nl. A free tour is on offer every Sunday from 12 am, but it is essential that you make a booking on tel (040) 238 1042 or from the web site. Open on Tuesday to Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. Admission for adults is EUR8,50 and children under 12 is free but must be accompanied by an adult.

Historical Open Air Museum

Boutenslaan 161b, Eindhoven. This open air museum has been carefully constructed to depict a typical town from the iron age. You will experience with the inhabitants the hardships of daily living in this period. You will experience them making fire, baking bread, caring for the animals and their daily fight for survival. You will also be able to visit a medieval town, Endehoven where you'll get a glimpse into the lives of the trades men from this time, making money pouches, carving boats and iron mongering. For typical medieval fare, you can visit the town inn from 10 am to 5 pm, Monday to Sunday. The museum regularly organise special activities.

For inquiries about the programme and more information contact (040) 252 22 81 or visit www.vvveindhoven.nl/

Stadswandelpark

Elzentlaan, Eindhoven. This green oasis is within walking distance of the busy city centre of Einhoven. The Dommel river runs through the park which is home a lots of ducks. There are about 30 sculptures spread all over the park. As you meander through the park you will discover lots interesting and unusual trees. With the help of the guide "Sculptures and Trees" which is available at the VVV, you will be able to find out more. Indulge in a peaceful few hours away from a busy schedule. The park is open at all times and admission is free. More information on 0900-112 84 09.

Brasserie-Bar “The Bottle-neck”

Montgomerylaan 1, Eindhoven. Feel like lunch or dinner in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere? The Bottle Neck is one of the cosiest meeting places in Eindhoven. Whether you go there for a business lunch, a cosy dinner or to watch a football match, you won't be disappointed. It's located near the city centre and opposite the Railway Station which makes it very easy to find. The Brasserie often organises themes, like a Winter Bar, American Week, Karaoke etc. If the weather permits you can enjoy the sun on the terrace surrounded by trees. A variety of dishes and cold drinks are served outside and a weekly BBQ is organised if the weather permits. Reservations are recommended. Open from Monday to Thursday from 9 am to 1 am, Friday 9 am to 12 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 12 pm.

Visit www.thebottle-neck.nl.

Dorint Sofitel Cocagne Eindhoven

Vestdijk 47, Eindhoven. This stylish five star hotel is situated in the hart of the city opposite the Heuvel Gallerie, the Holland Casino and the Frits Philips Music Centre. The hotel has over 260 luxury rooms and 53 apartments. You will be pampered in style in the Dorint Active Club where you can enjoy a Turkish steam bath or a sauna or lounge in the solarium. The fully equipted fitness centre will be at your exposal at all times. After a good work out, you can quench your thirst at the Babylon Bar or lunch at the Barsserie Bruegel. For a fine dining experience visit the Restaurant L'Etoile. If you are in need of serious pampeing in the lap of luxury, this is the hotel to choose.

For info www.dorint.com/eindhoven.

Shopping in Eindhoven

There are several shopping options to choose from in Eindhoven. The Piazza, 18 Septemberplein was opened in May 2004. This big shopping centre is filled with shops selling all sort of goods. De Bijenkorf, 18 Septemberplein has four stories of shops selling clothes, accessories and design and lifestyle goods. The trendy Cafe B serves delicious baked goods and coffee. For the exclusive and trendy fashion shops visit Hooghuisstraat. Kleine Berg en Bergstraat is home to interesting and specialty shops. This is the arty part of the city centre where you can browse for hours on end. Here you will find antique shops, curio shops, book shops, second hand and thrift stores and galleries. Happy shopping!

De Steenarend

Strijpsestraat 63/65, Eindhoven. In this shop gems and semi-precious stones are cut and then fashioned into sliver and gold jewellry. The shop also sells uncut stones and fossils with a special section featuring shells and starfish

The museum houses a big collection of minerals, gems, semi-precious stones, fossils and unusual shells. The Steenarend also offers accompanied tours and lectures for groups This will give you an opportunity to look around the facilities, the museum and attend a cutting demonstration.

Open Tuesday to Thursday from 10 am to 6 pm, Friday from 10 am to 9 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm.

The tour costs EUR8 per person.

Visit www.steenarend.com

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The Trafalgar Pub - Bar or Club

A wonderful atmosphere with english speaking friendly bar staff. Good for a relaxed drink, remember pints are expensive in the Netherlands!

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