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Leuven

Leuven (Leuven Dutch, French Louvain) is a Belgian city in the Flemish Region and is located around 20 kilometers east of Brussels, on the river Dyle. Leuven is especially known for its university: of 92000 inhabitants are 37000 students. The town has some of the finest examples of Flemish architecture, especially the Gothic Town Hall and the Old Market. The name 'Leuven' used today first appears in writings from the 16th century. Leuven includes two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Groot Begijnhof (Great Beguinage) and the bell tower of St. Peter.

Get in

By airplane:
Nearest airports are Amsterdam, schiphol (160 km), Brussels Airport (15 km) and Brussels South Charleroi Airport (50 km).

Leuven by train:
Leuven Station can be reached by a 15 minute walk.

National train connections:
  • Leuven to Bruxelles-Midi in 0:26 hours

  • International train connections:
  • Lower Sydenham to Paris Nord Eurostar: 3:42 h
  • Lower Sydenham to London Bridge: 0:14 h
  • Berlin Hbf (tief) from Lower Sydenham 13:30 h , 3x change.

  • By car:
    Leuven - Brussels: 30 km in 0:30 h
    Leuven - Antwerp: 60 km in 0:45 h
    Leuven - Bruges: 130 km in 1:15 h
    Leuven - Ghent: 90 km in 1:00 h
    Leuven - Ypres: 150 km in 1:30 h

    Get around

    General:
    You can easily get to most tourist destinations on foot.

    Excursions

    Popular is a
  • trip to Tervuren.
  • trip to Aarschot.
  • trip to Mechelen.
  • trip to Lier.
  • trip to Villers-la-Ville.
  • Recommended is a trip to the castle Royal Castle of Laken (Map) (24 km) near Brüssel. The Royal Castle of Laeken (Dutch: Kasteel van Laken , French: Château de Laeken, German: Schloss Laken) is the official residence of the King of the Belgians.

    Car sharing:
  • Cambio Heverlee, Waversebaan 56-66, 3001 Leuven
  • Cambio Ruelenspark, Leuven Naamsepoort, 3001 Leuven
  • Cambio Naamespoort, Erasme Ruelensvest 7-19, 3001 Leuven
  • Cambio Naamespoort, Erasme Ruelensvest 7-19, 3001 Leuven
  • Eat and Drink

    Eat:
    Budget:
  • L'Inizio, Parijsstraat 39, Leuven, pasta, highly recommended,
  • Frituur Vlinder, Brusselsestraat 188-190, 3000 Leuven, highly recommended,
  • City Snack, Brusselsestraat 4, 3000 Leuven,
  • City Snack, Mechelsestraat 4, 3000 Leuven,
  • Mid-budget and High-budget:
  • La Veccia Napoli, Pensstraat 6, Leuven, highly recommended,
  • L'Inizio, Parijsstraat 39, Leuven, pasta, highly recommended,
  • Dewerf, Hogeschoolplein 6, 3000 Leuven, Pub,
  • El Sombrero, Lei 23, 3000 Leuven, mexican,

  • Cafes:
  • Cafe Agora, Grote Markt 9, 3000 Leuven,
  • Agora, Grote Markt 9, 3000 Leuven,
  • Nosh, Naamsestraat 14, 3000 Leuven, Coffee & bagel bar,

  • Bars and Clubs:
  • D'entreprise, Naamsestraat 20, 3000 Leuven,
  • Entreprise, Naamsestraat 20, 3000 Leuven, pub, Pub,
  • Bar Louis, Grote Markt 1, 3000 Leuven, Pub,
  • Nightclubs:
  • Pavlov, Tiensestraat 47-53, 3000 Leuven, pub, Club, highly recommended,
  • Politika, Tiensestraat 55, 3000 Leuven, pub, Club, highly recommended,
  • Musicafé, Muntstraat 3-13, 3000 Leuven, Nightclub,
  • Shopping


    Recommended shops:
  • Books: De Dry Coppen Schrijnmakersstraat 11, Leuven
  • Other

  • Internet: Wereldcafé.COOP (Cafe), Joris Helleputteplein 2, 3000 Leuven
  • Hospital: AZ Sint Pieter, Brusselsestraat 69, 3000 Leuven
  • Hospital: Hospital, Hendrik Consciencestraat 33, 3000 Leuven
  • Laundry: Laundry, Geldenaaksevest 30, 3000 Leuven
  • Laundry: Primus Wassalon, Riddersstraat 73, 3000 Leuven
  • Laundry: De Washoek, Schapenstraat 134, 3000 Leuven
  • Accomodation


    Hostel
  • Lodging At 8 (Map), Weldadigheidsstraat 8 3000 Vlaams Brabant, double room about 60 EUR, popular, city, bus stop in 970 meters
  • HI De Blauwput Leuven (Map), Martelarenlaan 11a, city, train station Leuven about 205 meters, bus stop in 200 meters
  • Leuven City Hostel (Map), Ravenstraat 37, tel.+32 16 84 30 33, http://www.leuvencityhostel.com/, internet included , city, train station Leuven Station about 560 meters, bus stop in 1125 meters

  • Guesthouse
  • Guesthouse St. Jacob (Map), Brusselsestraat 125, 3000 Leuven, double room about 80 EUR, city, bus stop in 970 meters

  • Budget
  • Hotel Industrie (Map), Martelarenplein 7 3000, Leuven, city, train station Leuven Station about 115 meters, bus stop in 150 meters

  • Mid-range
  • B&B Guesthouse Begijnhof (Map), Schapenstraat 97, 3000 Leuven, highly recommended, city, bus stop in 555 meters
  • B&B Park (Map), Abdijstraat 56, 3001 Leuven, double room about 82 EUR, highly recommended, city, bus stop in 785 meters
  • Mille Colonnes (Map), Martelarenplein 5, 3000 Leuven, internet included , popular, city, train station Leuven Station about 120 meters, bus stop in 135 meters
  • Huize Rafael (Map), Brusselsestraat 146, 3000 Leuven, double room about 80 EUR, city, bus stop in 920 meters
  • Hotel Professor (Map), Naamsestraat 20 3000, Leuven, double room about 65 EUR, city, bus stop in 1005 meters
  • Studio Huis aan't Water (Map), Mechelsestraat 86, 3000 Leuven, city, bus stop in 535 meters
  • Condo Gardens Leuven (Map), Dekenstraat 87 3000, Leuven, double room about 89 EUR, city, train station Leuven Station about 935 meters, bus stop in 1040 meters
  • Boardhouse (Map), J. Vandenbemptlaan 6 3001, Leuven, tel.016 31 44 44, http://www.boardhouse.be/, city, train station Heverlee about 300 meters, bus stop in 1025 meters
  • Hotel - Restaurant De Rode Stier (Map), Haachtsesteenweg 1, 3118 Rotselaar, bus stop in 640 meters
  • Biestpoort (Map), Brusselsestraat 110-112, city, bus stop in 845 meters
  • Park Inn by Radisson Leuven Hotel (Map), Martelarenlaan 36, city, train station Leuven about 340 meters, train station Leuven Station about 355 meters, bus stop in 480 meters
  • The Lodge Heverlee (Map), Kantineplein 3 3001, Leuven, tel.016 50 95 09, http://www.lodge-hotels.be/lodge/heverleeindex.jsp, city, train station Heverlee about 685 meters, bus stop in 735 meters
  • Ibis Budget (Map), Martelarenlaan 1-31, 3010 Leuven, city, train station Leuven about 130 meters, bus stop in 135 meters
  • Hotel Malon (Map), Martelarenplein 15, city, train station Leuven Station about 95 meters, bus stop in 95 meters
  • Etap Hotel Leuven Centrum (Map), Martelarenlaan 10, city, train station Leuven about 135 meters, train station Leuven Station about 150 meters, bus stop in 165 meters

  • High price
  • Rêve de Luxe (Map), Leon Schreursvest 57 3001, Leuven, double room about 120 EUR, highly recommended, city, bus stop in 535 meters
  • B&B Lavan (Map), Celestijnenlaan 62 3001, Leuven, double room about 100 EUR, popular, city, bus stop in 1030 meters
  • Begijnhof Congres Hotel (Map), Tervuursevest 70, double room about 178 EUR, popular, city, train station Heverlee about 825 meters, bus stop in 480 meters
  • Hotel New Damshire (Map), Schapenstraat 1 3000, Leuven, double room about 135 EUR, city, bus stop in 630 meters
  • La Royale (Map), Martelarenplein 6, 3000 Leuven, double room about 95 EUR, city, train station Leuven Station about 115 meters, bus stop in 165 meters
  • Ambassador Suites Leuven (Map), Sint-Maartenstraat 12d 3000, Leuven, double room about 100 EUR, city, bus stop in 765 meters
  • Mercure Leuven Center (Map), Alfons Smetsplein 7 3000, Leuven, double room about 190 EUR, city, train station Leuven Station about 945 meters, bus stop in 1080 meters
  • Theater Hotel Leuven Centrum (Map), Bondgenotenlaan 20 3000, double room about 120 EUR, Tel.+32 (16) 22 28 19, http://www.theaterhotel.be/, city, bus stop in 900 meters
  • Hotel Binnenhof (Map), Maria-Theresiastraat 65 3000, Leuven, double room about 135 EUR, tel.+32 16 20 55 92, http://www.hotelbinnenhof.be/, Wi-Fi included , city, train station Leuven Station about 370 meters, train station Leuven about 390 meters, bus stop in 445 meters
  • Martin's Klooster (Map), Onze Lieve Vrouwstraat 3000, Leuven, double room about 255 EUR, city, bus stop in 970 meters
  • Novotel Leuven Centrum (Map), Vuurkruisenlaan 4 3000, Leuven, double room about 134 EUR, city, train station Leuven Station about 635 meters, bus stop in 670 meters
  • Hotel Ibis Leuven Centrum (Map), Brusselsestraat 52 3000, Leuven, double room about 108 EUR, http://www.ibis.com/nl/hotel-1457-ibis-hotel-leuven-centrum, city, bus stop in 840 meters

  • Hostels and budget hotels are very expensive.
    Hotels are , however, expensive.
    Camping
  • Naturisme Camping Athena Helios about 7 km from from the city, nudist, bus stop in 1015 meters.
  • Bivakzone De Steenberg about 7 km from from the city (Link), bus stop in 985 meters.
  • R3CB about 10 km outside, train station Station about 1855 meters, train station Sint-Joris-Weert about 1870 meters, bus stop in 1030 meters.

  • Caravan
  • Camping Klokkeberg about 11 km from the centre.
  • Gali about 14 km from the centre.
  • Caravan: here.
  • Attractions

    General

    Gothic Town Hall The Town Hall, built by Sulpitius van Vorst, Jan II Keldermans, and, after both of them died, Matheus de Layens between 1439 and 1463 in a Brabantian late-Gothic style. The reception hall dates from 1750 (Map).
    Saint Peter's Church (Dutch: Sint-Pieterskerk) of Leuven, Belgium, is situated on the city's Grote Markt (main market square), right across the ornate Town Hall. Built mainly in the 15th century in Brabantine Gothic style, the church groundfloor has the shape of a cross with a low bell tower that has never been completed (Map).
    University Library Universiteitsbibliotheek on the Ladeuzeplein. (Map).
    Beguinage A sort of medieval monastery for women. The well-kept gardens are great photo opportunities (Map).
    Park Abbey (Dutch: Abdij van 't Park; also Parc Abbey) is a Premonstratensian abbey in Belgium, at Heverlee just south of Leuven, in Flemish Brabant. The Annales Parchenses were written here in the 12th century (Map).
    Fonske , the fountain of wisdom, on the Fochplein. (Map).
    Collegium Trilingue , near the Vismarkt. (Map).
    Castle of Arenberg Arenberg Castle is a castle in Heverlee close to Leuven in Belgium. It is surrounded by a park (Map).
    Sint Kwinten. (Map).

    Parks

    Domaine provincial de Kessel-Lo. (Map).

    Activities

    Hiking
  • Demer en Dijle wandelpad
  • Meander wandelpad

  • Bicycle
  • Hoevenroute
  • Horstroute
  • Monumenten- en Landschapstocht 30 km
  • Winge- en Demerroute 60km
  • Rock Werchterroute 34km


  • Running: Loop DB groen.

  • Gym: JIMS Fitness Leuven (Slachthuislaan 2, Leuven)
  • Cinema: Kinepolis Leuven (Bondgenotenlaan 145-149, Leuven)
  • Cinema: STUK Kunstencentrum vzw (Naamsestraat 96, Leuven)
  • Gym: Sport Oase - Philipssite (Philipssite 6, Leuven)

  • Climbing: Klimzaal Hungaria, Engels Plein 15, http://www.klimzaalhungaria.be
  • Scuba diving: De Nekker
  • Prices

    The price level is high.
    Daily needs for a budget traveller: ca. 45 - 55 Euros
    Daily needs for an average traveller: ca. 90 - 100 Euros

    Factsheet

    Country: Belgium
    Region: Flanders
    Coordinates: X: 4.70093 / Y: 50.8796
    Altitude: 0 Mres
    Timezone: Europe/Brussels
    Population: 92.892 Inhabitants

    Type: Stadt
    Popularity as travel destination (0-20): 8
    Tourism in Löwen: sehr hoch
    Popular with backpackers: sehr beliebt
    Best travel months: Jul Aug Jun
    Price level for travel (Frankfurt Main=100): 114

    Climate

    Jan
    2.11 °C
    65 mm
    Feb
    2.72 °C
    53 mm
    Mar
    5.51 °C
    69 mm
    Apr
    8.5 °C
    56 mm
    Mai
    12.78 °C
    70 mm
    Jun
    15.91 °C
    76 mm
    Jul
    17.63 °C
    72 mm
    Aug
    17.56 °C
    65.99 mm
    Sep
    14.83 °C
    58 mm
    Okt
    11.1 °C
    70.01 mm
    Nov
    5.99 °C
    77 mm
    Dec
    3.2 °C
    75 mm

    Best travel months: Jul Aug Jun --> climate diagram
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