Lots of nice buildings, a great brewery and picturesque atmosphere
Not too many tourist sights. This is actually sort of a pro.
Most enjoyable when sunny weather, city of students and people who love a drink and a walk
The Louvain city hall... reportedly to be built as Louvain's answer to Brussels' Gothic city hall, that, in its turn, got into rivalry in elegance, with Brugg City hall. At last, the latter had borrowed from Ypres' city hall (the Cloth hall, in fact) its style... dixit our guide at the City Hall.Now, between Brussels and Louvain... a rivalry dating...more
St Peter is the patron saint of the city.In Louvain, you can't miss this church. It's on the main place, the Grote Markt place, neighbouring the city hall and the Tafelrond (cf next tips).If you come to Louvain by train and step down at Leuven station, just head to the place where stand the buildings that look of another era (rebuilt, not...more
Facility was clean, service was excellent - the staff was very accomodating. Parking is not so good.more
Vuurkruisenlaan 4, Leuven, Flemish Brabant, 3000, Belgium
Good for: Couples
Tervuursevest 70, Leuven, Flemish Brabant, 3000, Belgium
Good for: Families
They cheated us with the bill. If you go to Leuven don't go to this place. The waiter and the owners (Jo Vanreusel and Maria Corbeels as I found later in the internet) are just thieves. I have looked for other opinions on this restaurant and 90% noted that the service was very bad. I would add that is even dangerous. They will try to get your money...more
We stopped here for a late lunch (eldest daughter and I ) after her hospital appointment in leuven ...this restaurant is very, very convienient as it is directly oposite the railway and bus station for the onward journey...they serve a range of food including pastas and steaks and traditional Belgian dishes as well as starters and soups and an...more
STUK is the kind of mixed-use space that Europeans always do so well. A bit like the Vooruit in Ghent but more focused on students and their needs. Kind of like a really cool student union! Part cafe, part cinema, etc., etc. Lots of students studying as well as chatting. Apparently, can get very crowded on clubStuk nights. Have a beer and...more
A place festooned in the ribbons and stripes of club revelries (and rivalries) past. What a great atmosphere. The bartender- Jacky- told me he has tended bar their 42 years and counting. Now that's the kind of tenured "faculty" I like! There was even a little raffishness in the once-nicotine stained air as the hour drew late and the normal...more
An attractive spot very popular with the students. The bartender admitted that most of the jazz legends pictured around the place NEVER set foot here. Still, their spirit surrounds this place! Most of the time it is dj programmed music so check for the occasional live sets on their website. Casualmore
It is barely a 15 minute ride to Brussels Airport so it makes Leuven an appealing pre-flight night than just staying in Brussels centre. Trains depart about every half hour (5.50 Euros one way as of Jan 2012). I bought my ticket a day in advance to save time so always make sure you make specific what DATE you will be using it for when you purchase...more
Gini and I had some trouble parking our car in Leuven.These are possible parking lots (not free) I found on the net. http://www.leuven.be/showpage.asp?iPageID=1686#14Seems it is difficult to park your car near the train station. Yet, we found a place back the train station, not in front of it (Martelarenlaan). BUT.. there has to be a BUT... pay...more
I've just downloaded a 7.9 km city walk in Leuven and thought: maybe this is doable by bike.Of course it is! And much less effort too ;-)So here's some contact details:Prof. Roger van Overstraetenplein 13000 LeuvenOpening hours:Every week day (Mon-Fri) from 7 am to 7 pmDuring high season also on Saturday: 8.30 am to 7 pmHow to get there by car:E314...more
This is the old Yale CO-OP and old Harvard COOP all rolled into one! A great many books along with essential student supplies. Unlike the Library, I didn't need a special card to enter here. Specially good selection of foreign language manuals. Books, of course! About averagemore
It's always a delight to browse through a kitchen and cooking shop. There are always items that I need and there we were, spoiled for choice. I bought a 'Molenmes' (knife) by Robert Herder (Solingen, Germany). Made by hand, is always sharp because of how it is sharpened. It's not rust free but that makes the steel much harder. The little vegetable...more
The man who sculpted Brabo fountain on Antwerp's Grote Markt and some pieces in Brussels' Petit Sablon area (Kleine Zavel) has roots in Leuven, dixit our voluble guide at City Hall.Yes, some of his works are in the entrance hall of the Louvain's City Hall.The most famous ones are his fountain in Antwerp (1886), Robbing the Eagles Eyrie (1890),...more
Although the winters in Leuven are cold, damp and dark, it generally does not snow. In my year living in this city, there was only one snowfall. It was great. about four inches of nice, damp, packing snow. The whole town, which consists almost completely of students, fell to throwing snowballs at each other all afternoon. If you visit Leuven, it...more
Like on so many airports also in Leuven it is a good custom to bring your friends or relatives some chocolat for their good health! In Belgium you can find these shops in the pedestrian area in the larger cities, they are almost on the street, you can eat from the paper or pack in a large variety of boxes and such.Please give it a try and taste the...more
Along with dodging the many bikes that come from all directions, I noticed that the ancient street stones, especially around the Grote Markt area, are slippery when wet AND really work you legs into submission. You will feel some pain overnite especially if you are not used to walking on this kind of surface.more
I think it's okay to claim Leuven is a safe and clean place. There's little crime here - you hardly ever hear about a murder, robbery, rape or assault having happened here. When walking the streets late at night you may bump into a drunk but that's about it. Most places are well lit and you'll rarely see groups of people loitering. The picture to...more
Because Leuven's population is about two-thirds student, and the town core is very small, there is a great market for renting old clunky (but very fun) bikes. Each of these has a solid carrier on the back that acts like a back seat, so a team of bikes can really transport a lot of people around!Anyways, there are just about as many bikes stolen as...more
hmm... I don't see any 'added value' in the horse-and-carriage rides the city offers. While I'm sure these horses are well looked after, I'm just not that fond of the idea of exploiting animals for our entertainment. I reckon a horse and carriage ride out on the countryside is all well and good, but I see very little point in such a ride in the...more
Although Fonske, a statue in the centre of the city, is the symbol of our town and chocolate is a belgian speciality, Fonske chocolates are a new invention an not a tradition at all. They can be bought all over town so they are made in a factory. Try the brands that made belgian chocolates famous or try one of the stores that produces chocolates...more
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What do you need? Coming from China perhaps, but I have found clothing and shoes to be very expensive here in Leuven. Bring the stuff from home. You must bring a jacket regardless of the time of year you visit plus an umbrella as it rains alot. Good walking shoes are a must because the city is really well designed for getting out into nature on...more
Bring comfortable shoes for walking. There's no point in driving a car into the city - you can easily do everything on foot. Just bear in mind there are many cobbled streets in Leuven, so if you want to venture off the beaten path a bit, your feet will kill you at the end of the day unless you wear something suitable, like sneakers. The weather,...more
Anchoring a corner of the former Stella factory, this bar had the reputation of having the most direct "pipeline" to all that golden, liquid Stella goodness. A regular Joe kind of place- laidback and authentic. Check it out before it moves or disappears since the old brewery site has been sold, making the bar's days numbered. Well worth the healthy...more
Bell ringing has been a hobby of mine since the late 1990s. My boyfriend is a carillon player and so bells are a theme wherever we visit.I simply love the bell music. Those huge bells can be hunderds of years old. Their sound was heard by people in the middle ages. Isn't that just amazing?For some information about the carillon at Leuven...more
Outside Leuven, 5 km from the center, in Kessel-Lo, there is a recreation area.
You can do there a lot of sports.
It's a area in the nature.
The sports you can do: tennis, minigolf, soccer, basketball, petanque, walking and jogging, rowing on a pond.
For the kids, there are many gametoys, a pond with electric boats and a wsimming pool.
This all in open air.
To get there, you take bus number 2, direction Holsbeek and get off on "Het provinciaal domein Kessel-Lo.
There are also two bars where you can have a meal and a drink.
The Catholic Universtiy of Leuven is the oldest in Belgium. Some decades ago it was the object of a bitter discusion between the Flemish and the French speaking communities in Belgium. Although Leuven is in Flanders, the language most broadly used in the University used to be French. When the Flemish nationalist movement begun to get stronger, they...more
It seems as though every day a new concert or festival comes to town. There's always a fair or parade or something going on. Some of the best concerts ever come through here. The most unbelievable line-up was at the four-day rock festival just outside Leuven, called Rock Werchter. Here are just a few of the Bands that...more
The castle of Arenberg wich is now property of the univercity, was before the world war the home of the family Von Arenberg. They were one of the richest families in this part of Europe, but with the war the Belgians thought they helped the germans and so the family had to move out... Know you can walk around in the park or follow classes in the...more