Discover the latest and best that design has to offer with a tour of Dutch Design Week. A glimpse into the future, inspiration, learning about the latest trends, matchmaking and networking: you can find it all during Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven.

From 20 - 28 October 2018 DDW will present across more than 110 locations exhibitions, ideas and experiments, answers and solutions for more than 2600 designers and other exhibitors. Ask yourself new questions, seek inspiration for your own answers and allow yourself to be convinced by the power of design. Get off to a flying start in the Klokgebouw, hang out in Strijp-S or visit the studios in the seedbed Sectie-C. Upon request we can arrange themed tours.

All tours are guided by an expert Design Guide, who takes you on a tour of innovative projects. The price includes DDW tickets (unless specified otherwise). Giving you 9 days of access to the DDW locations.

The deadline for requests is 30 September.

Design tours and programmes

Discovery Tour Strijp-S

From the beating heart of the electronics giant Philips to Eindhoven's creative test bed: urban district Strijp-S is the absolute place to be for a stimulating DDW experience.
This three-hour expedition will take you to high-profile exhibitions, creative crossovers and inspiring innovations.
Tour starts at 10:30 hours or at 14:00 hours


  • Professional Design Guide
  • Headset for every participant
  • DDW ticket for every participant
  • Reception area with coffee and tea
  • A sustainable bottle of water for every guest
  • A tour exclusively for your party
  • 2.5 hours of design discovery in Strijp-S
  • A fixed fee for each tour for a maximum of 20 people
Each tour € 1575 excl. VAT 

A Taste of DDW Tour - Klokgebouw

For many the Klokgebouw is the start for a visit to DDW. This former Philips factory is always popular thanks to the diversity of exhibitions.
You can get to know DDW in just 50 minutes. A compact tour that gives you a real taste of the flavour of DDW and is easy to combine with the rest of your programme. There are two options for booking this tour:

A Taste of DDW (group package)
Exclusive guided tour for a maximum of 20 people at a date and time* of your choice.

Included in the tour:

  • Professional Design Guide
  • Headset for every participant
  • A taste of DDW tour, exclusively for your group
  • DDW ticket for every participant
  • 50-minute tour of the Klokgebouw
  • Choose a start time that suits you
  • A fixed tour fee for maximum 20 people
€ 785 (excl. VAT)

*Starts daily at: 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 15:00, 16:00 and 17:00 hours

A Taste of DDW (individual tickets)
Guided tours with a mixed group of maximum 20 people on a date of your choice.
Book via the website 1 or more places on this tour*. (Bookings are possible from 3 September 2018).

Included in the tour:

  • Professional Design Guide
  • Headset for every participant
  • 50-minute tour of the Klokgebouw
  • You will be allotted a place in a mixed group
Not included:
  • DDW ticket (every visitor requires a ticket to gain admittance to the Klokgebouw. You can purchase a DDW ticket through the website from 3 September onwards.)
€ 14.95 (incl. VAT and service costs)

*Starts daily at: 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 15:00, 16:00 and 17:00 hours

Atelier Tour Sectie-C

Sectie-C is a seedbed of design and innovation. A lively site populated with studios, workshops, gardens, stages, exhibitions and laboratories. During DDW 180 creative doers and thinkers open the doors to their studios and workshops.
The main focus of this two-hour long design safari is to meet the designers. You visit the spot where ideas are born and transformed into innovative design.
You can also book, as an extra, a unique lunch or dinner experience to start or round off the day.

Start of the afternoon: from 13:30 hours until 15:30 hours
Late afternoon: from 16:00 hours until 18:00 hours


  • Accompanied by our professional Design Guide
  • DDW ticket for every participant
  • Reception location with coffee and tea
  • A 2-hour tour, exclusively for your company
  • Choose a start time that suits you best
  • A fixed fee for each tour for a maximum of 12 people
Each tour € 695 excl. VAT

* A tour can accommodate a maximum of 12 people

Custom Tour

Upon request our specialists can plan a themed tour based on your personal preferences. Themes that best connect with your vision or company are chosen. A programme is compiled that perfectly matches the interests and wishes you indicated. So the projects and locations to be visited depend entirely on your preferences.
You will be amazed by the projects that we select specially for you, so that you can enjoy a carefree tour under the guidance of a professional Design Guide.

To capture the interests as well as possible in a custom tour, we have created a list of themes below. We would be glad to hear which of these topics are in line with your guests’ interests.

Urban Transformation
Energy Transition
Art & Collectables
Smart City
Social Innovation
Public Space
Architecture Landscape

Are there specific themes you feel are missing? Let us know, so that we can personalise the tour for you from that perspective. The possibilities depend on the projects that the designers are presenting this year.

The possibilities can be discussed in consultation with you. We will establish the cost of the tour depending on what is to be included.

With regard to the quality of the tour we recommend a minimum length of 2 hours.

Applying for tours

Are you interested in one of the DDW tours? Register here!

Contact - Tours
DDW talks

DDF introduces you to the greatest designers and the most exciting design practices through two daily talks. Start your DDW day with a quick anthology of the great names from the design world and their young heroes. Or, acquire new insights from young talents who invite their design heroes. Soak up inspiration from these short talks by famous designers and young talents.

The programme of DDW Talks will be announced soon.


Press accreditation

Via the press page you'll find the press accreditation of Dutch Design Week 2018.

Plan your visit

Ticket algemeen

Visiting DDW? A DDW Ticket offers you nine days of unlimited access to all DDW locations.

Tickets for DDW 2018 are available from September.


The programme of Dutch Design Week will soon be online.
Please keep an eye on this page.

Opening hours

DDW is divided into three design areas. Opening hours vary per venue, most venues are open from 11:00-18:00 every day. Check the programme (as soon as it's online) for more information and up-to-date opening hours.

Getting to Eindhoven

By Train 

DDW visitors getting off the train will find themselves in the midst of the design bustle. The intercity takes you to the Central Station in the heart of the city. Slow trains also stop at Station Strijp-S. Plan your journey via the website of the Dutch Railways.

By Car

Eindhoven is easy to access and to exit by car. From Amsterdam/Utrecht via the A2, Rotterdam/Tilburg via the A58, Antwerp via the A67, and from Arnhem/Nijmegen via the A50. At and around Strijp S/T/R sites and in the city centre are sufficient paid parking facilities. Get directions.

By Plane

Eindhoven Airport has a fast bus service that takes you to the Central Station in up to fifteen minutes. From there, the various DDW locations are excellently accessible on foot, by bike or by public transport. You can also take a cab: the price of a ride from the airport to the city centre is approx. € 25.00.

Stay Overnight

Are you planning to stay overnight? Eindhoven has numerous hotels in and around the city centre, where you can stay very comfortably. Most hotels are at capacity during the festival, we recommend to book very early to be sure to have a hotel room. Check for an overview of hotels in Eindhoven.

Getting Around

Renault Design Rides

Free Renault taxis take visitors (every day between 11:00-20:00) to and from every DDW venue. Hop in at one of the taxi ranks: the Witte Dame, Stadhuisplein, Klokgebouw and Piet Hein Eek. Reservations by telephone from all other locations: + 31-40-218 00 00.

ABN AMRO bikes

Want to see everything of DDW? All event locations are within biking distance. Moreover, you’re only a real ‘Dutchie’ when you’re cycling. Rent a bike from Urban Wheelz Center at the Ketelhuisplein, Design Perron/Dutch Invertuals or on the Lichtplein. Note: only upon presentation of valid ID and creditcard. Free for DDW ticket holders, while stocks last! Rent a bike without a DDW ticket for € 10,-.

Hop on hop off bus

More info

About DDW

In October of each year, Dutch Design Week (DDW) takes place in Eindhoven. The biggest design event in Northern Europe presents work and ideas of more than 2600 designers to more than 335,000 visitors from home and abroad. In more than hundred locations across the city, DDW organises and facilitates exhibitions, lectures, prize ceremonies, networking events, debates and festivities. 

DDW is different from other design events, because it concentrates on the designs of the future. Although during the event every imaginable discipline and aspect of design is on offer, the emphasis is on experiment, innovation and cross-overs. Exceptional attention each year goes to work and development of young talent.

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History of DDW

DDW all began back in 1998. In that year the Vormgeversoverleg (a designers collaborative) organised the first Day of Design. Objective: introducing entrepreneurs to designers. The event, which took place annually in Eindhoven, attracted more interest each year and grew exponentially. The Day of Design became the Week of Design in 2002 and ultimately in 2005 it was renamed Dutch Design Week (DDW).