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Things to do in Leuven

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Leuven: Self-Guided Walking Tour with Offline Access

1. Leuven: Self-Guided Walking Tour with Offline Access

Find out what Leuven would have been like in the 1500s when it was one of the most important cities in medieval Europe during a self-guided audio walking tour. Begin in Grote Markt, where you’ll see some of the most gorgeous and impressive buildings in Belgium. Among them is Saint Peter’s Church, which was very nearly the world’s tallest building, and the historical Leuven Town Hall with its 236 statuettes. Discover parts of the largest, oldest, and most prominent university in Belgium, KU Leuven University Hall. While you walk through the city center, see Saint Anthony’s Chapel where Father Damien (one of the ten best-known Belgians of all time) is buried, and the impressive Saint Michael’s Church. Stroll down the “longest bar in Europe,” Leuven Oude Markt. Pass by Domus Brewery, where authentic Belgian beer is traditionally brewed. Find a giant bug impaled by a 25-meter pole and Learn about the university library that was burnt down and rebuilt twice.  Admire (from the outside) M Leuven, an art museum that houses a collection of Gothic sculptures and 15th and 19th-century paintings by various artists. You'll also get recommendations on plenty of places to pull up a seat on a terrace and enjoy a relaxing drink or lunch (not included). 

Leuven: Escape Tour - Self Guided Citygame

2. Leuven: Escape Tour - Self Guided Citygame

Escape from 20th-century Leuven during this exciting Escape Tour. Get to know Arthur Peeters, Leuven's most notorious landlord. Arthuer owns every student residence in Leuven, which gives him a lot of power. As soon as a student could not pay his or her rent, they were thrown out on the street. The chairman of the student association, Jan van Gelder, did not agree and decided to confront Arthur. This did not exactly go according to plan and before he knew he was on the run. The only chance to escape was through the secret exit Leuven. But where is it? Choose your starting time with your teammates, beginning at anytime day or night. Make your way across the city, checking off tasks to find all the clues you need to reach the secret passage. As you search for clues, marvel at the beautiful sights of the town. Walk along the University, marvel at the historic city hall, and keep an eye out for the many historic buildings in the city center. Work quickly, and you and your team could set the record for the fastest tour. Good luck!

From Brussels: Leuven Day Trip by Train

3. From Brussels: Leuven Day Trip by Train

The university town of Leuven is known for its youthful atmosphere. Although it's smaller and not as well known as cities like Bruges and Ghent, it's definitely worth exploring this beautiful Flemish city and seeing what it has to offer.  At 10 AM leave Brussels and head towards Leuven, a 30-minute journey away by train. Visit Leuven's Grote Markt and Plaza where you'll find the imposing Church of San Pedro and the famous Town Hall, a masterpiece of Gothic Brabantino. Be amazed by what is perhaps the longest bar in the world in the Oude Markt. See a major school and impressive library, rebuilt after World War II. At the end of the visit, enjoy some free time to eat and see the city at your leisure. Make some purchases or try a Stella Artois, the headquarters being located in Leuven. Your guide will provide you a return train ticket back to Brussels and you can return when you wish.

From Brussels: Medieval Leuven Walking Tour

4. From Brussels: Medieval Leuven Walking Tour

Let your guide take you on a breathtaking walk through the ancient heart of Leuven. You can't miss the most beautiful city hall of Belgium, the largest beguinage in Flanders, the ancient cloth hall, the impressive university library, and so much more. You'll also stop by the tomb of Father Damien, the patron of lepers who was recently beatified. You'll see quite a lot with your guide, but you'll also get free time to experience the city your way. Don't forget that paying a visit to the unique "Old Market" area is like pulling up a chair at the longest bar in Europe. The area's many catering establishments have always been Leuven's meeting place par excellence, especially in warm weather.

Leuven: Sherlock Holmes Smartphone App City Game

5. Leuven: Sherlock Holmes Smartphone App City Game

Immerse yourself in the exciting world of Sherlock Holmes by collecting clues as part of a fun smartphone game. Solve the murder of a fictional character with your colleagues, friends, or family, and explore the highlights of Leuven, including the Saint Peter's Church. After downloading the app and entering the code, embark on a unique adventure full of brain teasers, puzzles, and lots of British humor. Become a high-class detective for a day and work alongside Sherlock Holmes. Take as long as you need to tackle this criminal case, stopping to explore the area whenever you wish to. Restart the game when you're ready and have a blast while you come across iconic sites, such as the Leuven Town Hall. Whilst this game does not focus on interacting with your surroundings nor informing you about it, it is the perfect activity to explore this amazing city in a fun and interactive way. Get ready for a walk through the most beautiful places in the city.

Soothing Corners of Leuven - Romantic Tour

6. Soothing Corners of Leuven - Romantic Tour

Experience some of the most inspiring sites of Leuven, a destination that contains a diverse pallet of unique tourist attractions. With your loved one, take on a relaxing and peaceful walking tour during which you will become familiar with the history, legacy, wealthy heritage, and traditions of Leuven. Start the journey by visiting the oldest botanical garden in Belgium and get surrounded by unique scenery and a green oasis. Witness striking monuments, including one of the best-known town halls in the world and discover why it holds a special place in Leuven’s history. Witness a religious gem inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site List and find out key things regarding Leuven’s past by visiting Museum Leuven. Enjoy fascinating and diverse themed exhibitions that showcase Leuven in the best way possible.

Special Christmas Journey in Leuven - Walking Tour

7. Special Christmas Journey in Leuven - Walking Tour

During Christmas time, Leuven blooms with special energy. Every corner of the key urban areas of the city becomes adorned with must-see views. During two hours long walking tour, bond with Leuven’s unique atmosphere and explore some of the city’s top attractions. Start the magic Christmas journey from a centuries-old church inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage Site List. Then wander the beautifully decorated Grote Market where everything shines and inspires. Stroll the city’s historic corners and stumble upon the iconic Gothic town hall. End the tour in the Old Square by admiring and exploring authentic local products while surrounded by captivating Christmas lights and decorations.

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What people are saying about Leuven

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 7 reviews

Unforgettable day in Leuven with our great guide Stéphane, very professional and friendly. Stéphane put us at ease directly and explained to us the course of the excursion which happened in the best conditions thanks to our guide and his sense of humor, sharing and above all his love for his city. A big thank you for these magnificent moments, we loved it and highly recommend this excursion

Original questions where you don't have to look too far for the answers. A nice city game

It's very good, but in the end it takes a long time