10 essential places to visit in Leuven


This list of essential places to visit in Leuven, will help you prepare a getaway to one of the most beautiful cities in Belgium.
Located 25 kilometers from Brussels, this small city can be visited in one day and in addition to its great attractions, it is famous for its great university atmosphere that is concentrated in bars, restaurants and leisure areas. In addition to this student atmosphere, this welcoming city has a great cultural and historical heritage in which the spectacular City Hall building, located in the Grotemarkt, stands out, which already makes a visit to Leuven worthwhile.

Based on the day we spent in the city during our trip to Ghent, Leuven and Antwerp, we have made this list of those we believe are the 10 essential places to see in Leuven So you don't miss anything. We start!

How to get to Leuven from Brussels

If you are staying in Brussels, the most comfortable option to get to Leuven is to take a train, this being also the fastest.
The train from Brussels to Leuven departs every 15 minutes from the Midi (Sud), Central and North stations, and takes less than half an hour and the price is 5.50 euros, half if it is a weekend and you do not need to book it with in advance

If you have only one day, another interesting way to get to know Leuven is to book this excursion with a guide in Spanish by bus or this one that also includes the visit to Mechelen, located both between the best excursions in Brussels.

1. The Town Hall

The Gothic-style Leuven Town Hall and located on the Grote Markt, is one of the most essential places to see in Belgium.
This building impresses with its 3-story facade adorned with Gothic windows, numerous statues in niches and a beautiful entrance staircase, which have made it for us the most beautiful city hall in the world.
In addition to recreating outside, it is worth entering to see a collection of works of art and several rooms of the nineteenth century.
Visiting hours: every day at 3pm on a guided tour.

Try a Stella Artois, one of the best things to do in Leuven

10. M-Museum Leuven

This art museum located in an original building, which mixes modern and classic architecture in the old town, is the most important what to see in Leuven.
Inside there are several exhibitions in which you can see paintings and sculptures of the late Gothic along with others from the nineteenth century and contemporary and also from the terrace you have good views of the city.
Visiting hours: Thursday to Tuesday from 11am to 6pm.

Map of the places to see in Leuven

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