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Visits for FITs

Give your customers an unforgettable city trip thanks to these not-to-be-missed highlights in Leuven. From a visit to the impressive Town Hall to beer tastings right there in a home brewery and endless shopping in the trendy shopping streets; your Leuven experience won’t be complete without a visit to these must-sees!

GUIDED TOURS: HIGHLIGHTS AND HIDDEN GEMS

Leuven Leisure guided tour

You can discover the city together with an expert during an organised group walking tour. In addition to the classics that you absolutely must see during your city trip, this will also take you to some of the city’s hidden gems. Narrow passageways and doors that appear locked… all of Leuven’s secrets will be revealed after this walk. Get to know the surprising side of this vibrant city! 

  • Every Saturday (all year long)
  • At 3 p.m., duration: 2 hours
  • €9 per person
  • Departure point: Leuven Leisure office in the city centre
  • Book via Leuven Leisure

TOWN HALL VISIT

Town Hall

Leuven’s finest icon. The gorgeous Town Hall is a true-eyecatcher on the Grote Markt. Discover the fabulous interiors of the stately salons, Gothic halls, and council chamber. You will also learn the story behind the 236 statues that adorn the façade.

  • Every day (all year long)
  • At 3 p.m., duration: 1 hour
  • €4 per person (be sure to check out the special trade rates)
  • With a Dutch and English/French-speaking guide
  • Tickets available online, at the Visit Leuven office, or via the special trade rates

UNIVERSITY LIBRARY AND TOWER VISIT

University Library & Tower

You definitely should not miss this highlight during your Leuven city trip. The impressive University Library has had an eventful life, which you can learn about from the photo exhibition located inside. Be sure to visit the Grand Reading Room as well. Climb up the tower of the University Library and enjoy the amazing view of the city!

  • Open daily: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. during the weekend
  • Duration of the visit: 45 min. - 1 hour
  • €7 per person (be sure to check out the special trade rates)
  • Audio guide included
  • Tickets can be purchased via the University Library or via the special trade rates

M-MUSEUM LEUVEN VISIT

Contemporary exhibition in M-Museum Leuven

M-Museum Leuven showcases an enticing mix of both old and new art inspired by Leuven’s versatility. The focus is on the production of art in and around Leuven from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. The building itself is a marriage of contemporary architecture and a historic property. Temporary exhibitions of old masters and contemporary artists are held here regularly.

  • Open daily: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. on Thursdays; closed on Wednesdays
  • €12 per person (be sure to check out the special trade rates)
  • Tickets can be purchased via the M-Museum or via the special trade rates

VISIT ‘The Last Supper’ BY DIRK BOUTS IN Saint Peter’s Church

The Last Supper, by Dirk Bouts

An absolute masterpiece of Leuven art is ‘The Last Supper’ by Dirk Bouts. He belonged to the Flemish Primitives and created this masterpiece in 1468. It’s especially interesting to note that this piece still hangs in the space for which it was painted originally.

STELLA ARTOIS BREWERY VISIT

Visit of the Stella Artois Brewery

Enjoy an interesting visit to the Stella Artois Brewery in its hometown of Leuven. The interactive tour takes you through the brewery’s past and into the industrial processes of the present. Afterwards, enjoy a refreshing Stella in the brewery’s pub.

  • Tours every Saturday + Sunday
  • At 1 p.m. in Dutch and at 3 p.m. in English
  • €8.50 per person (be sure to check out the special trade rates)
  • Tickets available online, at the Visit Leuven office, or via the special trade rates

PARK ABBEY VISIT

Interior of Park Abbey

Park Abbey has been constantly inhabited by the Premonstratensians since 1129. Experience the unique ambience of this peaceful area just outside of Leuven. The abbey’s authentic character has been particularly well preserved because the buildings and the interior of the monastery have remained practically unchanged since the 17th century.

Some parts of the abbey are still closed to the public due to the ongoing restoration work.

VISIT LEUVEN’S GREAT BEGUINAGE

Great Beguinage in Leuven

This is one of the most beautiful spots in Leuven, where you can practically stroll through history. The narrow streets, quaint squares, and little houses of the Great Beguinage were built as homes for single women in the 13th century. It is now a UNESCO world heritage site. Leuven also has another beguinage, i.e. the Small Beguinage, which is done in the traditional Flemish style.

  • Permanently accessible, but please respect the residents’ privacy
  • Free entry
  • Please note that it is not wheelchair-friendly

BOTANICAL GARDEN VISIT

Botanical Garden in Leuven

A peaceful oasis. The 18th-century Botanical Garden, planted for medical students, is Belgium’s first Botanical Garden. Fanciers can indulge themselves in the plant and herb collections here. You can find the tropical species in the 450-m² greenhouse complex.

SHOPPING AND EVENTS

Shopping in the city center

Shop till you drop in Leuven’s shopping streets, each one with its own unique identity. Head down to the quaint Parijsstraat, the more exclusive Brusselsestraat, or to the creative speciality shops on the Mechelesestraat and Vismarkt. Lastly, while in the city during the summer and winter, you are immersed in a unique atmosphere.

  • Shop till you drop in Leuven’s shopping streets
  • Feel that summer vibe with music, delicious food, and outdoor events during Summer in Leuven
  • Winter Season Leuven guarantees an enchanting Christmas ambience and wintry activities in the city