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Things to see in Leuven

One of the friendliest cities in Belgium is the historical student town of Leuven. It is located in the Flemmish part, close to Brussels. Leuven is a real student town and as a result has a lively bar scene and on a sunny day all beer gardens are open.

The main sight to visit is the central square where you will find the remarkable Brabantine Late Gothic town hall. This building is a unique piece of art and represents some of the best architecture that exists in Belgium. Nearby located are the churches of St. Peter and St. Michael. The streets around these sights form the heart of the city and it is worth to explore these and soak up the rest of the city. A more relaxing part is the spice garden which is not that special, but shows something completely different compared with the rest of the city.

If you are into historical architecture, a nice part of Leuven is the Grand Beguinage. This was built in the 13th century and its original medieval character has been maintained, although around 1960 it was in a deplorable state but has been completely restored. It feels like a small town and has been made up of timbered houses, cobbled stone pavements, canals and many old buildings. Because of its unique appearance, the Grand Beguinage has been listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. 

The university of Leuven was founded in 1425 and is one of the oldest in Europe. There are several buildings of this university worth seeing as some of them give you this really old feel of how its must have been to study here hundreds of years ago. One of these buildings is the university library on the Ladeuze square. It was destroyed in the past, but has been rebuild in 1921 and has regained its formed glory.

When the city has been fully explored and the desires arises for a cold pint of beer, head over to the old market square where you will be joined by many students from Leuven. The square is surrounded by historical buildings and is free of traffic which adds to the good atmosphere. This is a good place to experience some of the culinary culture that Leuven has to offer. 

Leuven is located about 30 kilometers east of Brussels and is easy to get to by trains which takes less than half an hour. This makes it an ideal place to visit as a day trip. Because of the university and the many students, it is worth considering to stay here for a night and enjoy the evening out as there is plenty to do, especially in the weekends.


Leuven travel photo gallery

 



Old building in historical Leuven, Belgium.

Old building in the historical center.

 
Entrance gate.

Entrance gate.

 
Church of Saint Michael in Leuven, Belgium.

Church of Saint Michael.

 


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Church of Saint Michael, Leuven.

Church of Saint Michael.

 



Belgium beer bar on the Great Market square.

Belgium beer bar on the Great Market square.

 



St. Peters church, Leuven.

St. Peters church.

 



Historical guild houses on the Great Market square of Leuven.

Historical guild houses on the Great Market square.

 



Old building in the city centre.

Old building in the city center.

 
City hall, Leuven.

City hall.

 
Historical building.

Historical building.

 
Historical architecture in Leuven, Belgium.

Historical architecture.

 
Decorated church tower.

Decorated church tower.

 
Central train station, Leuven.

Central train station.

 
Old houses near the train station.

Old houses near the train station.

 
Belgium beer bars.

Belgium beer bars.

 
War monument on Martyr's square, Leuven.

War monument on Martyr's square.

 
Justo Lipsio statue, Leuven.

Justo Lipsio statue.

 
Tower of the University library.

Tower of the University library.

 
University library in the historical town centre.

University library in the historical town center.

 
The university library was rebuilt in 1921.

The university library was rebuilt in 1921.

 



Ladeuze square, Leuven.

Ladeuze square.

 



University library on the Ladeuze square in Leuven, Belgium.

The university library on Ladeuze square.

 
University library.

University library.

 
Neo-Renaissance architecture of the university library.

Neo-Renaissance architecture of the university library.

 



University of Leuven.

University of Leuven.

 



Historical buildings of the University of Leuven.

Historical buildings of the University.

 
Architectural details of old Belgium houses.

Architectural details of old Belgium houses.

 
Leuven city hall, Belgium.

The remarkable city hall.

 



Beer garden at the old market square.

Beer garden at the old market square.

 
Terraces where many Belgium beers can be consumed.

Terraces where many Belgium beers can be consumed.

 



Old houses on the old market square in Leuven.

Old houses on the old market square.

 
People walking on the old market square.

People walking on the old market square.

 



Old market square, Leuven.

Old market square.

 
Historical front facade.

Historical front facade.

 



Old market square in Leuven, Belgium.

Old market square.

 



Impressive building on the old market square.

Impressive building on the old market square.

 



Empty beer gardens on Leuven's old market square.

Empty beer gardens on the old market square.

 



Row of bars in Leuven.

Row of bars.

 
Impressive building on the old market square.

Impressive building on the old market square.

 
Facade of an historical building.

Facade of an historical building.

 
Old red brick houses.

Old red brick houses.

 



Spice garden (Kruidtuin), Leuven.

Spice garden (Kruidtuin).

 
Church and old houses.

Church and old houses.

 
Statue of Sylvain van de Weyer, Leuven.

Statue of Sylvain van de Weyer.

 
Irish college of Leuven.

Irish college.

 
Groot Begijnhof, Leuven.

Groot Begijnhof.

 
Old red brick houses of the Great Beguinage in Leuven.

Old red brick houses of the Great Beguinage.

 
Historical houses of the Grand Beguinage.

Historical houses of the Grand Beguinage.

 
Great Beguinage in Leuven, Belgium.

Great Beguinage.

 



Grand Béguinage, Leuven.

Grand Béguinage.

 
Historical quarter of the Grand Béguinage.

Historical quarter of the Grand Béguinage.

 
Small alley with medieval brick houses.

Small alley with medieval brick houses.

 
White church in Leuven, Belgium.

White church.

 
Old church.

Old church.

 



Belgium bars in the historical part of town.

Belgium bars in the historical part of town.

 
Brabantine late Gothic town hall of Leuven on the Great market square.

Brabantine late Gothic town hall on the Great market square.