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Surprise your customers with a visit to an attractive, open city like Leuven. Follow in the footsteps of locals with a young, refreshing vibe. Discover the authenticity of a venerable university city. With a passion for beer. With progressive ideas.  Experience all the advantages of a big city in a charming, small-town setting.

EASILY ACCESSIBLE

Leuven's central location in Belgium

Thanks to its central location, close to Brussels Airport and Brussels itself, Leuven is a perfect base of operations. The fast train connections and the extensive network of roads ensure that you can get to the heart of Leuven from neighbouring countries in practically no time at all. Read all about Leuven’s accessibility.

  • 14 min. to Brussels Airport by train
  • Less than 2 hours from Paris, Lille, Rotterdam, and Cologne
  • Less than 3 hours from Amsterdam, London, Dusseldorf, and Frankfurt

CITY OF KNOWLEDGE AND INNOVATION

Health House in Leuven

1425. The brand-new university was housed in Leuven’s impressive Clothmakers’ Hall. The prestige of the university increased throughout the years thanks to its famous students, including Erasmus, Thomas More, Mercator, and Vesalius. Numerous colleges and educational centres appeared around the city. Knowledge, innovation, and scientific research are central here.

KU Leuven is the oldest of all the existing Catholic universities. The fact that the university is innovative is made clear by the ground-breaking research projects created here. Over 100 spin-off companies make Leuven the heart of progress in health, high tech, and creativity. 

COMPACT, HISTORIC CITY CENTRE

Town Hall in Leuven

Leuven’s compact, attractive city centre is bursting with historic and religious buildings. The university’s colleges and educational centres are spread out around the city, but the true eye-catcher is at the Grote Markt: the Gothic Town Hall. Just across from the Town Hall is the stately Saint Peter’s Church with the masterpiece, ‘The Last Supper’. Another very special place is the Great Beguinage. This part of the city, dating back to the 13th century, is a warren of narrow streets and picturesque houses.

The Botanical Garden, dating back to 1738, is Belgium’s oldest botanical garden. It originally only contained medicinal herbs, but the garden has now grown to house an impressive collection of plants and a 450-m² greenhouse. The Anatomical Theatre is definitely worth a visit, especially since it’s in the vicinity.

EXCELLENT PLACE FOR ART ENTHUSIASTS

Old and contemporary art at M-Museum Leuven

Art and culture enthusiasts also love Leuven. M-Museum Leuven brings together old and new art in surprising ways. The museum building beautifully marries historic properties and modern architecture. Another must-see in Leuven is ‘The Last Supper’ by Dirk Bouts. This masterpiece is still hanging in the exact place for which it was painted well over 500 years ago.

THE HOME OF STELLA ARTOIS

Beer culture in Leuven

The vibrant cafés and fabulous restaurants round out any city trip to Leuven. Enjoy a delicious Stella Artois – brewed in its hometown of Leuven – at an enjoyable sidewalk café. Head into the streets around the Grote Markt for a tasty dinner. You are welcome to attend events and activities celebrating our rich beer and culinary culture throughout the year. Experience the delightfulness of this compact city together with Leuven locals.