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Whatever you are looking for in a city, can be found in Leuven. A university city with a small-town feel, but completely in pace with a rapidly changing society. Leuven is situated right in the centre of Belgium. Its easy accessibility is an advantage. But there are many more good reasons to visit the "Jewel of the River Dyle". You will soon find out: this city will never let you go.

Meet the Locals

Tips to inspire you from those in the know. www.visitleuven.be/en/tips-from-locals

Super tips

See & do

Both from a cultural and art-historical point of view, Leuven offers a wide range of possibilities. From the magnificent Gothic Town Hall to the modest splendour of the Saint Peter’s Church and the delicious atmosphere at the Oude Markt, Leuven has it all. You are sure to come back again.


In order to discover Leuven in all its facets, you can avail of a whole array of accommodation options. There is something for everyone: small and medium-sized hotels, intimate and distinctive bed and breakfasts as well as budget-friendly youth hostels. A warm welcome is guaranteed! All addresses are within walking distance of the bustling city centre. http://www.visitleuven.be/en/stayingover


A classical concert in the historic city hall, an innovative beer festival on the site where the first Stella beer was brewed, or a walk through the candle-lit beguinage. Discover all of Leuven’s events.

Beer in Leuven

Leuven has an incredibly rich beer history. The first Stella Artois was brewed here as early as 1425. But Leuven also has a rich beer future. The university is studying new procedures and the breweries are testing innovative techniques and flavours.

(Beer) Restaurants

Discover our top-picks. These restaurants have mastered the tastefull beer-food combination!


Accessibility & transport

Bars & Nightlife

Leuven is well known for its countless enjoyable bars and cafés, ranging from student drinking holes and boisterous dance cafés to trendy cocktail lounges. Partly due to the presence of the students, Leuven has a very lively nightlife. The Oude Markt is Leuven’s meeting place par excellence, particularly in warm weather when the numerous terraces quickly fill up. You can sample the very tastiest local beers in unique, atmospheric surroundings. Students, visitors and locals come here to enjoy a drink, take in the atmosphere and enjoy a good chat. The world has been put to rights here dozens of times over. Here is an overview of the greatest places to go out in Leuven.


Trendy boutiques, colourful shops to browse in and authentic specialist shops in Leuven are all just a stroll away. Pedestrian plazas and attractive short-cuts lead shoppers through streets with coffee bars, pubs, pavement cafés and enticing restaurants. No matter in which direction you leave the Grote Markt, within a minute you are sure to discover a gem of a shop.