When we visited Brussels we had one day off, but we did not want to travel for a long time. We chose Leuven, thanks to a lot of positive feedback on the Internet.
How to get to Leuven
The fastest way to get to Leuven is by train. It is less than 30 minutes from Brussels Midi Station. If you buy a weekend ticket, you travel up to half the price – we got a return ticket for € 6.60 per person.
Why go to Leuven?
This city is incredibly lively, especially thanks to students and tourists. Students come to the oldest Belgian university and tourists head to Leuven for beer, gastronomy, and history.
You can visit the Stella Artois brewery, where you can book a tour with beer tasting. Beer festivals are also held in Leuven.
Many restaurants, cafés, and bars await you in the center. If you’re hungry, be sure to visit Oude Markt or Muntstraat, where there are plenty of dining options with outdoor seating. We visited Leuven on Saturday so we were to the market.
The Grote Markt is a beautiful Gothic town hall. On the opposite side, you can see Saint Peter’s Church. The bell tower of the University Library, located on Monsignor Ladeuzeplein, offers a wonderful view of the city. If you’re lucky, you can hear all the bells – the tower has a total of 63 bells. Access to the tower is limited, there is no lift.
The botanical garden is a great place to relax and is free of charge. You can relax by the pond with Japanese carps, see the exposure of herbs, or walk through the greenhouse with tropical and subtropical plants.
If you like parks and you have some time left, visit Abbey Park. Unfortunately, we did not have too much time, so perhaps next time. ?
Have you ever been to Leuven? How did you like it there? And what other city is good to visit? Please give us more tips on what to visit next time.