7 Reasons Why Leuven Should Be On Your List When Visiting Belgium

As I mentioned you here and here, due to my studies (want to know more about them? click here ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) I had the possibility to live and study for 5 months in Belgium! In particular, I was staying in Leuven, a university city not far at all from Brussels.

I really enjoyed my stay there butย since I’ve noticed that not many people know this little town, I though about listing a few reasons why Leuven should be on your list while visiting Belgium, I hope they’ll be sufficiently good to convince you to go!

So hear you go with the list of reasons why you should visit Leuven:

1 | It’s just 30 minutes away from Brussels

Literally, 30 minutes or even 27 sometimes. ย There are many direct trains from Brussels to Leuven so it’s very easy to get there if you’re spending a few days in the capital but wish to get out of the usual busy rhythms of a big city and enjoy the more relaxing atmosphere of a little town. Plus, the train is not expensive at all, especially if you manage to get the go pass, which I wrote about here ๐Ÿ˜‰


Leuven Train Station

2 | To go back in time and feel like a fresher student again

Leuven happens to be a university town (indeed, I was there due to study reasons ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) and it’s university is really well known not only in Belgium but all around Europe! Because of this, you can imagine how many students there are around the city and how many events or initiatives organised by them! You can definitely breath sparkling and lively air while walking around ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, since reputation of the courses is very good, the city hosts many Erasmus and exchange students so it could be very probable that you’ll hear many people talking in English or other languages besides Flemish!

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First time in my life I’ve seen a garage for bicycles!


3 | It’s town hall it’s just too beautiful not to check it out

When I was checking out Leuven from the internet before getting there I already understood that the town hall building was pretty nice. But guys, seeing it live it’s even more impressive! So big,ย majestic and well decorated, perfectly on style with the city! Plus, during Christmas time the structure is surrounded (as all the city actually) by many lights and it’s just so nice passing by it and seeing all the town hall illuminated!


4 | Everything is walking distance and if you need a break there’s a vast choice of cosy cafรจs

As I said before, Leuven is not a big city so everything is seeable just by walk or by bike of course. (Oh I didn’t tell you, the quantity of bikes you’ll see around is definitely remarkable, mainly because of the many students ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) And if you feel like stopping for a while or eating/drinking something, it’s full of cosy cafรจs and restaurants where to enjoy a nice break, for example the chain “Le Pain Quotidien” which I reviewed in this post here (one of my favourite brunch locations) has a shop there too!

5 | The University Library it’s quite something

The other marvellous building you can find in Leuven (oh wait, there is also a third one which is pretty nice: the cathedral ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) is the university Library. Already from the outside is nicely decorated especially the colourful ย windows decorations but when you enter it’s just like going back on time. I had the luck I could go there to study and well I have to admit that studying there was quite remarkable ๐Ÿ™‚ The weird thing was that while studying there you could see tourists passing by you but particularly during exams period there are so many students that you don’t even care if you’re in the memory picture of someone ๐Ÿ˜€ Unfortunately if you’re not a Leuven student to enter you have to pay a little fee, but I can assure you it’s totally worth it! ๐Ÿ™‚


6 | To feel like a local while drinking something at one of the many bars at the Grote Markt (Great market square)

Now, if you want to try a fullย Leuven experience you HAVE TO go to the Grote Markt, sit at one of the many tables around the square and enjoy a drink (of course since you’re in Belgium, beer is highly recommended ๐Ÿ˜€ ). The ideal time would be in the evening because you could see how much student life there’s around there but if you’re there any other time you can also do it ๐Ÿ™‚ Plus, the building around the square follow the typical Belgian architecture which is really nice to see!


7 | To enjoy a full beer tour experience at The Stella Artois Factory

As you all know I think, one of Belgium greatest glories is beer. While being there I’ve learned that there are actually different typical types of beer depending on the area you are (just like pasta in Italy :D). The most drunk in Leuven is Stella Artois which also happens to have it’s facotory not far from the city centre (10 minutes by bus). If you’re beer lovers, it is possible to visit the factory and book a tour through their website ๐Ÿ˜‰



I hope I gave you enough goodย reasons and convinced you to stop by Leuven next time you’ll be in Belgium! ๐Ÿ˜‰ And don’t forget to let me know what you thought about it!

What about you? Have you ever been to Leuven? Which were your favourite parts of the town? ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Reply Kristin

    I’m sold. OMG I finally figured out how to comment on your blog! I want to go to Leuven more than Brussels now and I had to Google Erasmus and I’m so jealous. I wish I was European! ๐Ÿ˜€

    09/09/2016 at 1:03
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Ahh I’m so glad about your excitement towards Leuven! Too bad for the Erasmus…but I’m sure there are other possibilities! And thank you so much for reading and commenting (happy you’ve figured out how :D) ๐Ÿ™‚

      09/09/2016 at 8:11
  • Reply Debbie

    Wow Lisa, this looks like a wonderful city! I’m so glad you had the opportunity to study there. The town hall is truly magnificent. Thank you for sharing your travel pearls with us. ๐Ÿ’–
    Many, many blessings to you, Lisa!
    Loving your way,

    09/09/2016 at 3:44
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Oh Debbie thank you for reading! I’m glad you could perceive the beauty of this place, I was definitely lucky to have the opportunity to stay there!
      Thank you for you lovely comment! Have a great day! ๐Ÿ™‚

      09/09/2016 at 8:09
  • Reply Nano @ #TravelWithNanoB

    What a beautiful place, Lisa. I honestly have not even heard of it until I read your post. Thanks for sharing! xoxo, nano |

    09/09/2016 at 9:26
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Thank you Nano! Yes many people do not know about Leuven despite it’s really near to Brussels, but I really think it’s worth a visit! ๐Ÿ™‚

      09/09/2016 at 13:24
  • Reply Angela Bless Friis Cassรธe

    Good luck to the new univ studies. ๐Ÿ™‚

    09/09/2016 at 16:43
  • Reply Tay

    This small town looks awesome! I’ve only been to Bruges which I loved instantly and in general I really liked Belgum. Looks like I have to go back one day and check this place out too! ๐Ÿ™‚

    09/09/2016 at 20:26
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      I’m glad you enjoyed the post Tay! Oh yes, Bruges is lovely! Thank you for reading and commenting! ๐Ÿ™‚

      10/09/2016 at 12:15
  • Reply Holiday Break, New Starts & My Sincerest Thanks! – fromdreamtoplan

    […] to live in Italy was also quite a big city, of course not as big as London but for sure bigger than Leuven so….well, let’s say I’m convincing myself everything will be okay! Also because […]

    11/09/2016 at 7:07
  • Reply Arielle

    I didn’t know they have Le Pain Quotidien in Europe! I used to go to that place all the time in California; it’s sooo delicious. I’m going to Bruges this Christmas, I’ll have to stop by Leuven too!

    11/09/2016 at 10:29
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Yesss it’s so good right?! Ohh Bruges during Christmas is SO pretty, you’d love it! And well, if you manage to stop by Leuven you won’t be dissapointed! ๐Ÿ™‚

      11/09/2016 at 11:09
  • Reply Curlygirlabroad

    I’m glad you enjoyed Leuven, I’m really proud of my hometown ๐Ÿ™‚

    13/09/2016 at 19:50
  • Reply Rashmi Gopal Rao

    Very useful post:)

    15/09/2016 at 6:39
  • Reply Mile

    Belgium is already in my list and now I have 7 more reasons to go there ๐Ÿ™‚

    03/10/2016 at 17:16
  • Reply Olga

    Great post! I’d like to visit Belgium one day, especially Brugge. It’s architecture is amazing, but after reading your article I want to see more places there, thanks!
    You blog is super interesting ๐Ÿ˜‰

    07/10/2016 at 17:39
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Thank you very much Olga! So glad to read this, thank you fro reading and commenting! ๐Ÿ™‚

      07/10/2016 at 23:17

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