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 open, with respect for the private nature of this residential estate that belongs to KU Leuven
- Free entrance
- Take a look at the Small Beguinage as well. It’s not so well known, and is something of a hidden gem.
- Food & drinks in the neighbourhood: Faculty Club
How to get there?
- Address: Schapenstraat, 3000 Leuven • location on map
Bus stop Heilig Hart
Bus numbers 1, 2, 179, 306, 337, 520, 524, 525, 537, 555, 558, 601
On foot or by bike
Distance from the train station: 2 km
Distance from Visit Leuven, Naamsestraat 3: 950 m
- Not easily accessible for wheelchairs and push chairs.
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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.