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about leuven

Leuven is a relatively small city (100.000 inhabitants), 20 kilometers near Brussels. Leuven is widely known for two things: it harbours one of the largest and oldest universities in Europe. The K.U. Leuven was founded in 1425 and has more than 55.000 students today. Leuven is also the hometown of INBEV, the largest brewery in the world, famous for it’s beer Stella Artois (since 1366), one of the best known (and may we add: best tasting) beers.

THE ROAD TO LEUVEN BY PLANE Leuven is a 20 minute drive from the Brussels National Airport (10 minutes by train). The lowcost airline company, Ryanair, flies to Charleroi from 10 different cities. If you inform us about your flight and arrival/departure time, we make the necessary arrangements to pick you up at the airport.

In Brussels South trains arrive from every corner of Europe.If you are coming from London you can take the Eurostar. If you are coming from France, Germany or the Netherlands, you could take a train of the Thalys network. For international timetables, inform with our guest coordinator.


Leuven itself was founded in the 11th century and has a fabulous historic city centre (with the magnificent town hall) and a worldwide known Beguinage (officially recognized as an UNESCO World Heritage site). Due to the creative input of students, it always stayed a vivid, young and creative environment. In a city where the historical buildings are only surpassed by the number of pubs and bars (following our last count: 180, but it’s possible we’ve missed some) there is always something going on. Leuven harbours a series of interesting cultural organisations and events. Besides DOCVILLE there’s also the International Arts Centre STUK (, the M - Museum, the local cultural center 30CC (, The Afrika Film Festival (, the club concerts of Het Depot (, the International Short Film Festival Leuven (www.shortfilmfestival. org) and so on.


BY CAR Leuven is situated close to the A3 (in Belgium called E40) highway between Brussels and Liège (Luik). Coming from the north; follow the A2 (in Belgium called the E314) between Leuven and Genk.

MORE INFORMATION You can find more detailed information about Leuven on the official website of the city ( or at the Tourist Information Bureau (Naamsestraat 1,3000 Leuven).