Located in the south of the Netherlands, Eindhoven is the fifth largest city in the country. The city plays an important role as one of the world’s technological centres and as one of Europe’s major Think Tanks.
Until the industrial revolution, Eindhoven was a small town with an economy that revolved around agriculture. The town remained relatively unchanged until the arrival of the industrial revolution, when it became a central hub for manufacturing of textiles and cigars. However, it wasn’t until the late 19th century that true growth began, when in 1891, the Philips brothers founded a small company that went to become one of the most recognisable brands in the world. Philips’ constant development and pioneering is considered to be the largest single contributing factor to the major growth of Eindhoven. The city now has two main industry sectors, technological and science.
The city has one major airport, the Eindhoven Airport, which is located 5 miles from the city centre. The airport serves more than 2.5 million people per annum. Alternatively, Eindhoven’s central railway station is served by both intercity and local services and offers fast travel across Europe. However, when in the city, the city buses are the most effective mode of transport, offering high quality public transport.