Leuven, a lively Belgian city, intertwines centuries-old heritage with a youthful spirit, thanks to its renowned university. Ancient squares, bustling with cafes, meet state-of-the-art tech hubs in this vibrant heart of Flanders. Read more

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Leuven, located just east of Brussels, is often recognized for housing the oldest Catholic university in the world, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, founded in 1425. This university has been central in shaping the city’s identity, infusing it with energy and innovation. Known for its rich medieval heritage, Leuven boasts a plethora of historic buildings, from Gothic churches to its iconic Town Hall. However, beyond the architectural marvels, Leuven is also a nexus for technology and innovation, with several tech companies and startups calling it home. Not to be overshadowed, the city’s beer culture, particularly Stella Artois, which has been brewed here since the 14th century, is an integral part of its character. With a mix of students, tech professionals, and history buffs, Leuven provides a unique cultural blend for visitors.
Leuven, with its intriguing mix of history and modernity, offers myriad experiences that cater to a wide range of interests. Whether you're an avid historian, a beer enthusiast, or someone looking for a lively city vibe, Leuven promises an enriching visit.

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The most famous sights
What to do in Leuven

Old Market Square (Oude Markt):

Often dubbed as the "longest bar in Europe", this square is lined with numerous cafes and bars, making it a popular hangout for students and tourists alike.

University Library:

A testament to Leuven's resilience, the library was rebuilt after World War I with the help of international donations. It stands as an emblem of peace and international cooperation.

M-Museum Leuven:

Showcasing both contemporary and historic art, this museum is a testament to Leuven's commitment to culture and the arts.

St. Peter's Church (Sint-Pieterskerk):

A stunning example of Brabantine Gothic architecture, this church is also home to notable art pieces, including "The Last Supper" by Dirk Bouts.


A central square known for its unique giant beetle sculpture, "Totem", by Jan Fabre, and its proximity to the university library.

Old Town Hall:

This Gothic town hall is renowned for its intricate facade adorned with statues and its rich history.

Botanical Garden Kruidtuin:

A tranquil spot perfect for relaxation, this garden offers a range of plant species and is a lovely escape from urban hustle.

Stella Artois Brewery:

Take a tour to discover the history and brewing process of one of the world's most famous beers.


A charming narrow street filled with restaurants, offering a plethora of international cuisines, reflecting the city's diverse population.

Heritage House (Erfgoedsite Leuven):

A place to delve into Leuven’s rich past, the Heritage House provides interactive exhibits about the city's history and heritage.

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Citadelle Namur (48 km)

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