Located in the Dutch province of North Brabant, Eindhoven is the fifth largest city in The Netherlands. Having gained prominence in the early 19th century, once the industrial revolution connected it to the large ports of Rotterdam and Amsterdam in the north, it remains industrial. Today, however, the focus is mostly in design and design technology, spurred on by the 7,000 students at Eindhoven University of Technology. The city also boasts PSV Eindhoven, the 2015 soccer champions of The Netherlands. Youth and sport keep Eindhoven MICE venues lively.
The city’s airport is Eindhoven Airport (EIN), which is approximately five miles west of the city center and the second-largest in the country. Service is on low-fare carriers, but major airports such as Madrid, Barcelona, Rome, and Manchester are served. There are no trans-Atlantic routes, if one does not include The Netherlands’ former Dutch Antilles islands of Aruba and Curacao.
Chief among Eindhoven MICE venues is the architectural statement - indeed space-like - edifice named The Evoluon, which was formerly a science museum and has 20 meeting rooms, an auditorium for 1,200 persons, and a domed exhibit space with lobby for 1,500.
Eindhoven MICE hotels include the 509-room NH Eindhoven Conference Centre Koningshof, in a suburb and with 80 meeting rooms and space for events of up to 8,000 persons; the 320-room Pullman Eindhoven Cocagne, which has 19 function spaces, the largest two able to each host 400 persons; the 227-room Inntel Hotels Art Eindhoven, which has three meeting rooms for up to 80 persons; the 135-room Hampshire Hotel Crown Eindhoven, which has meeting and function space for up to 200 persons; and the Sandton Hotel Eindhoven City Center, which has meeting space for up to 100 persons.
Unique MICE venues in Eindhoven include the Van Abbemuseum, which displays contemporary art, has a 1936 traditional section and a very modern-looking 2003 extension and has an auditorium for 115 persons and reception space for 300, as well as a library, studio, classroom and cafe; Effenaar, a concert and cultural center since 1971 with major-act entertainment, ability to host group events and a cafe; DAF Museum, which chronicles the history of the DAF truck and automobile company, which is headquartered in the city, and has a tavern and much floor space with examples of its products through the ages; Vincentre (note the pun in the name), a museum chronicling the two or so years in which artist Vincent van Gogh lived in the area and which can organize such group activities such as painting workshops; and finally, Philips Stadion, in which PSV Eindhoven plays its home matches and which has restaurants, meeting suites, meeting rooms, private boxes, and function spaces.
Restaurants worth booking for groups include De Karpendonkse Hoeve, a traditional house with Dutch cuisine and space for parties of up to 60 persons; trendy, modern-looking 1910 Restaurant-bar, which has nouvelle-Dutch fare and two private rooms, the largest able to host 40 persons; In den Bergsche Tuin, a small, perhaps cramped, space full of atmosphere and with more Dutch fare; fine dining Jiu Nu, which has Dutch, international and Asian notes and an impressive wine list, and Smeagol, an Argentine restaurant known for its steaks.