Leuven, Mecca of Books and Beer
A vibrant student population and a rich history combine in the city of Leuven, home to one of Europe’s oldest universities (KU Leuven), founded in 1425. The university, one of the most important in Europe, has its roots in the centre of Leuven, and its historic college buildings dominate many of the squares and streets. A few lucky students even have the distinct privilege of living in the 13th century stone beguinage, a UNESCO world heritage site worthy of a visit. 28,000 students and professors lend a distinctly youthful atmosphere to the city. Or perhaps it’s the beer!
Leuven is Belgium’s reigning brewing capital – no small feat in a country that produces hundreds of delicious varieties. Leuven is the headquarters of Inbev, the second largest brewery in the world, famous for Stella Artois beers. Centuries of Flemish tradition and craftsmanship lie behind Leuven’s premium brews. Leuven is a great place for the curious traveller with time to explore. It is an intimate city; any spot can be easily reached on foot or by bicycle.
In 2016, it has been 500 years since the English humanist and statesman Thomas More published his book Utopia in Leuven. Flanders celebrates this milestone by a major exhibition in M-Museum Leuven and many other special events focused on innovation and discovery.
Top 5 things to do
Marvel at the 15th century Gothic Town Hall.Marvel at the 15th century Gothic Town Hall.
Take a tour of the AB Inbev Brewery, home to Stella Artois, Leffe, Hoegaarden and many more.
Live the student life and have a beer in one of the 45 pubs on the Old Market Square, known as the 'longest bar' in Europe.
Visit the impressive Gothic and 19th century collection of the Museum M and enjoy a splendid view of the city from its rooftop.Visit the impressive Gothic and 19th century collection of the Museum M and enjoy a splendid view of the city from its rooftop. - See more at: http://www.visitflanders.co.uk/discover/cities/leuven/top-5-things-to-do/#sthash.lpMxVvwL.dpuf
Wander through the Great Beguinage, a tranquil town-within-a-town that is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.