Places to visit in Leuven
The Botanical garden of Leuven is the oldest in Belgium.
It was first created in 1738 by the Leuven university for its medical students.
Nowadays the garden presents almost 800 different plants and even contains a
fruit garden and a tropical greenhouse with exotic plants.
Address: Kapucijnenvoer 30, 3000 Leuven
Shopping, food and drinks
The most popular shopping streets in Leuven are Bondgenotenlaan, Diestsestraat, Brusselsestraat and Mechelsestraat. They are all situated in the centre of Leuven. On Thursday evening about 140 shops in the centre stay open until 20h00.
On the Grote markt (near the city hall) and the Oude markt (next to Grote markt) you will find dozens of bars and pavements where you can have a drink and meal while enjoying the view of the historical buildings around you.
Aha! WetenStappen (Scientific walking route)
WetenStappen in Leuven is a free scientific walking route of 12 kilometres through the university city of Leuven. All the faculties of the K.U.Leuven (university) display a large panel with a tricky question and a clever answer. In five languages and with info at kid's level too.
The Museum M, designed by the Belgian architect Stephane Beel, integrates existing historical buildings with contemporary architecture built around a stately old oak in a peaceful interior court. From the roof of the museum, you have a splendid view of the city. A must-see on your journey of discovery in Leuven!
The varied permanent collection is built up around two major groups of objects. One is a unique collection of late-gothic paintings and sculptures. The second consists of 19th-century paintings and sculptures by various Flemish masters including Constantin Meunier, Jef Lambeaux and Georges Minne, to name only the most prominent.
M - Museum Leuven
Leopold Vanderkelenstraat 28
B - 3000 Leuven
T +32 (0)16 27 29 29
On Thursday the museum will be open from 11:00 to 22:00