Leuven, small town big city | Pieter

Pieter | Kunstenaar

Pieter Janssen is an artist from Leuven who mainly works as a scenographer, set builder, and sculptor for the movie world, theatres, and museums. He’s always crafting and sculpting and still constantly loves the fact that he was able to turn his passion into his profession.

His surroundings are very important in his work. Pieter has his studio in Leuven’s Vaartkom district, where he lives in his own fantasy world. When he steps outside, he happily lets the vibrant neighbourhood inspire him.


Leuven, small town big city


Leuven is a small town with big city vibes. That makes Leuven unique. The convenience and cosiness of a small town on the one hand, and the creativity, versatility, and diversity of a metropolis on the other hand. Leuven is small in size, but large in what it offers to in terms of nightlife, shopping, art, and culture. You’ll find them all in Leuven.

Get to know baker Linde, rebel Jochem and pub owner Gie.



Discover Pieter’s favourite places on this map.
Where does he eat or like to stop in and shop? Where are his cultural hotspots?



Art in M

M-Museum Leuven

M-Museum Leuven combines ancient and contemporary art. The impressive architecture also deserves special attention.





There’s no better place to experience innovation in Leuven like the Vaartkom. This old industrial zone around the Vaart is in full metamorphosis. The old factory buildings are being renovated and filled with contemporary residential lofts, shops, and offices.



Staying over

Pentahotel Leuven

Do you love to stay at charming B&Bs or would you prefer to spend the night in a well-known hotel chain? Leuven’s got them all.


Top 10

Universiteitsbibliotheek & toren

First time in Leuven? Once you’ve seen this top 10, you can head home without a care. 

Some sights are free of charge. We have set up a combination ticket for you for the paid-access highlights: the ILUVLeuven Ticket.