Leuven Cheap City Breaks
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The vibrant, picturesque university town of Leuven is the capital of the Flemish Brabant province in Belgium, just half an hour from both Brussels and Mechelen by train. The city is home to the world’s oldest Catholic University, and the constant stream of students to Leuven gives the area a lively and relaxed atmosphere, not to mention the multitude of inexpensive bars and café’s as a result.
St. Peter's ChurchThe oldest church in Leuven is situated in the heart of the city on Grote Markt. This stunning Gothic style building suffered severe damage in World War II, and has since been beautifully restored. Inside the church lies the Treasury of Saint Peter.
Castle of ArenbergA truly spectacular 16th century castle in Heverlee, just outside of Leuven, home to the city's Catholic University. Surrounded by lush parklands, the castle's front lawn saw the first ever flight of the hot air balloon, navigated by Jan Pieter Minckelers.
City HallThe magnificent 15th century City Hall is situated in the heart of the city. Stadhuis is famous for its unique Gothic façades, weaved with intricate detail, and the building's signature spires. Inside the hall is a multitude of portraits and intricate statues.
University LibraryLeuven's University Library is a spectacular part of the oldest catholic university in the world. Destroyed by the Germans in both World Wars, this beautiful structure has be reconstructed many times in a superb Renaissance style.
Grand BéguinageThe Grand Béguinage of Leuven is a preserved historic quarter on UNESCO's prestigious list of World Heritage Sites and a former women's community, dating back to the 13th century where women adhered to their own unconventional ways of life.
Oude MarktThe bustling heart of Leuven city, packed full of restaurants and bars, was once named "the world's longest bar" due to the sheer multitude of businesses in such a small area. A bronze sculpture in the square honours the "Kotmadams" of the city.