The beguinage in the past
The beguinage dates from the 13th century. The community had about 360 beguines in its heyday in the 17th century.
The beguinage today
It consists of a series of alleys, courtyards, gardens and parks with dozens of houses and convents built from traditional sandstone. It is currently inhabited by students, foreign visiting professors and staff of the oldest Catholic university in Europe.
The Great Beguinage was listed as UNESCO world heritage in 1998. You can visit it free of charge.
- Permanently accessible
- Free entrance
- Attention: not easily accessible for wheelchairs and push chairs.
Stay & Experience Deals
Staying overnight means you can experience a whole lot more. The full package. And that’s great because you can’t do Leuven in just one day.
To make sure your experience is unforgettable, stay in one of these cool places. They’ve been specially chosen for by locals who have the inside track. You can enjoy everything from a free ticket for an unforgettable museum, to an idyllic bike ride in the green outskirts of Leuven.