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Leuven City Guide

Visit the capital of the Flemish province of Brabant and enjoy the convivial atmosphere, the old university and the world famous brewery.

Experience Flemish culture in the delightful university city of Leuven. Stroll through the historic centre with its gothic town hall, old guildhalls and charming shopping streets. Beer lovers will also get their money’s worth.

The city flourished in the 12th century and grew into an important university city after the arrival of the Catholic University Leuven in 1425. The city was badly damaged in the First and Second World Wars. Part of the historic centre was destroyed and the town hall badly damaged. The two wars were followed by several decades of reconstruction. Today Leuven is a convivial, atmospheric city.

The Library of Leuven University, built in Flemish Renaissance style, is well worth visiting. Among other things, the impressive building has a tower that is 87 metres high. Climb the 289 steps for a spectacular view of the city and its surroundings. Once you're back down, a 5-minute walk will take you to one of the most popular shopping streets, Bondgenotelaan. M-Museum, where you can admire modern and ancient art is also nearby. Just outside the old city centre you will find Brouwerij Artois which offers a number of different tours. Learn how beer is brewed and even enjoy one after the tour. And if you like the taste, go to the old market for a fun evening out.

The centre of Leuven is small making it easy to get around on foot. Stroll through the charming streets and relax at one of the sidewalk cafés in the summer. If you would like to explore the city like the local students do, hire a couple of bicycles! Buses are also a great way of discovering some of the more remote corners of the city. Follow the P-route to park your car in one of the city's parking garages.

Leuven is east of Brussels in the heart of Belgium. You can reach it by car or by train via Antwerp or Brussels. Parking in one of the garages or on the street is not free of charge. Bear in mind that part of the old city centre has been pedestrianised.

Enjoy the cultural heritage and the old-fashioned conviviality of Leuven!


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Inblauw - Exclusive Wellness B&B

Inblauw - Exclusive Wellness B&B

Jules Vandenbemptlaan 19, Leuven
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Heverlee, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Arenberg Castle, Grand Beguinage of Leuven, and St. John the Baptist Church. KU Leuven and STUK are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£49
Getaway Studios Leuven

Getaway Studios Leuven

Vital Decosterstraat 23, Leuven
4.1
of 5, from 12 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Leuven, this apartment is steps from Ladeuze Square and M - Museum Leuven. Tweebronnen Library and Leuven Town Hall are also within 5 minutes.

£81
Theater Hotel Leuven Centrum

Theater Hotel Leuven Centrum

Bondgenotenlaan 20, Leuven
3.8
of 5, from 48 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Leuven, this hotel is steps from M - Museum Leuven and Ladeuze Square. Leuven Town Hall and Grand Market Square are also within 5 minutes.

£74
Hotel New Damshire

Hotel New Damshire

Schapenstraat 1 (Pater Damiaanplein), Leuven
3.9
of 5, from 33 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Groeneveld, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of St. Michael's Church, Old Market Square, and STUK. University Hall and Pope's College are also within 5 minutes.

£68
Hotel La Royale

Hotel La Royale

Martelarenplein 6, Leuven
3.7
of 5, from 32 reviews
1.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Blauwput, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ladeuze Square, M - Museum Leuven, and Tweebronnen Library. Leuven Town Hall and Grand Market Square are also within 15 minutes.

£74
Novotel Leuven Centrum

Novotel Leuven Centrum

Vuurkruisenlaan 4, Leuven
4.1
of 5, from 48 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Blauwput hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of Stella Artois, St. Peter's Church, and Tweebronnen Library. Old Market Square and Sint-Donatus Park are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£54
ibis Leuven Centrum

ibis Leuven Centrum

Brusselsestraat 52, Leuven
3.9
of 5, from 44 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Leuven, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of St. Peter's Church, Grand Market Square, and Leuven Town Hall. Old Market Square and University Hall are also within 10 minutes.

£64
Park Inn By Radisson Leuven

Park Inn By Radisson Leuven

Martelarenlaan 36, Leuven
4.2
of 5, from 33 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Blauwput, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ladeuze Square and M - Museum Leuven. Leuven Town Hall and Tweebronnen Library are also within 1 mi (2 km).

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