11 Instagram worthy spots in Leuven

When visiting Leuven, there are cozy streets and historic buildings everywhere you look, making the perfect backdrop for any instagram photo. But where are some of the best places to snap a picture when visiting Leuven?
Leen Tyrions
4 April 2022
  • 1. Botanical garden

For a dreamy garden photo, the oldest Botanical Garden in Europe is the best place to snap a pic. Be sure to check out the greenhouses during your visit!

Kapucijnenvoer 30, 3000 Leuven • More information
  • 2. Town Hall • Grote Markt

Choose between the historic Town Hall, St. Peter’s Church, or some beautiful buildings as the backdrop to your photo. Tours are offered at Town Hall where you’ll learn about things like how Leuven was set up to be Belgian’s capital.

Grote Markt, 3000 Leuven • More information
  • 3. Klein Begijnhof • Small Beguinage

Many newlyweds have their photos taken on this street, making it the ideal place to take a romantic photo with your loved one or a group of friends.

Klein Begijnhof/Halfmaartstraat, 3000 Leuven • More information
  • 4. University Library

This building offers 2 great spots for photos: in front of the building, and the very top for a 360 view of the entire city. The library does not disappoint and is well worth a visit inside.

Monseigneur Ladeuzeplein 21, 3000 Leuven • More information
  • 5. Abdij van Park • Park Abbey

The Park Abbey offers long stretching paths through the trees, beautiful lakes, and historic buildings as a background. Perhaps you can spot the swans that frequent the area and snap a photo with them.

Abdij van Park, 3001 Leuven (Heverlee) • More information
  • 6. Oude Markt

Strike a pose with a pretty cocktail drink or classic Belgian beer in the longest bar in Europe. Surrounded by brick laid buildings and full of life, you’ll get a great photo here! Or take a seat next to the ‘Kotmadame’, a statue of a woman sitting on a bench.

Oude Markt, 3000 Leuven • More information
  • 7. Inside Saint Peter's Church

Grand ceilings, beautiful stained glass, and long columns make this church an incredible place to photograph. Dating all the way back to 986 makes this building the oldest in Leuven.

Grote Markt, 3000 Leuven • More information
  • 8. Groot Begijnhof • Great Beguinage

Alleyways, courtyards, gardens, and houses built from sandstone at the Groot Begijnhof offer a great photo opportunity. Once used to house beguines, it is now inhabited by students.

Schapenstraat, 3000 Leuven • More information
  • 9. Arenbergkasteel • Arenberg Castle

What could make a better photo than a beautiful castle with vast greenery surrounding it! This castle was once home to the Dukes of Leuven. Now, it is used to give lectures to students of the university.

Kardinaal Mercierlaan, 3001 Leuven (Heverlee) • More information

  • 10. Leuven train station

When you first arrive in Leuven via train, be sure to take a photo inside the train station. Don’t forget to turn around when exiting the station for another great photo of the main station building!

Martelarenplein, 3000 Leuven
  • 11. Street Art in Leuven

Leuven has beautiful street art scattered throughout the city. With bright colors and unique shapes, these works of art make a perfect backdrop for any Instagram photo.

Various locaties Leuven • More information

Come Visit Leuven

Remember to tag us in your photos with #visitleuven during your travels! We’d love to see your pictures of our city and you may even be featured on our page. We hope to see you soon in Leuven!

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