Leuven is a small university city in Belgium, just 30 min east from Brussels. It is the city where I was born, and I spent quit an amount of time there. In summer it would be best to rent a bike at the train station to explore the city.
Start by making your way to “Abdij van t’Park“. My favourite place in Leuven. This abbey was founded in 1129! You can visit the abbey and church, to get to know more about its history. Especially the library is very pretty. Take your time here to enjoy this quit and peacefull environment and walk around in the park.
Now head towards the castle of Arenberg. Here you can picnic in the park. Make your way towards the center by passing the Great Beguinage, which is UNESCO World Heritage! In the spring and summer you can also stop the Botanical Garden, the oldest of Belgium.
Now that you’re in the center of Leuven you can see the gothic Town Hall. A beautiful piece of architecture. Right across you’ll find the Saint Peter’s church. Now go to Ladeuzeplein where the University Library is situated. Along your way there you’ll pass Museum M.
End your day by riding along the old industrial site around the Vaart and the Dijle.
Belgium is known for its beers. Leuven is called ‘beer capital’ so lovers of beer will love iit here. Take a beer tour or visit a brewery. The old market (oude markt) is the place in Leuven to have your drinks.
Enjoy your stay in Leuven!