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    The capital of the Flemish Brabant province in the Flemish Region of Belgium, just 30 clicks outside of Brussels, Leuven is a true university town, complete with the oldest Catholic university in the world, initially founded in 1425. From the towering spires of the Grand Place and two distinctly unique World Heritage Sites to the headquarters of Anheuser-Busch InBev, this is a town of distinct possibilities, boasting a decidedly Belgian experience.

    With a history going back to roughly the ninth century, founded along the river Eijile in the beautiful Flemish countryside, Leuven is a town of unique experiences. Perhaps the most dramatic of these is the drastic change of the population between the academic year and the rest of the year. While the city is somewhat quiet and reserved during the summer months outside of a few random tourists, once school sets in it transforms into a bustling hive of activity, complete with a sizzling nightlife to go along with the stunning historical sites, awesome brew and food, and the beauty of the surrounding countryside.

    Leuven is a testament to amazing architecture, and like most of the major European cities, the city center is almost completely pedestrianized, meaning that you should prepare yourself for quite a lot of walking around. Beyond that, getting around the city can be be done by taxi, bus, or by renting a bicycle, something that is quite foreign to most American travelers.

    From sites such as the university library, the Gothic City Hall, the fountain of wisdom known as Fonske, and places like St. Peter’s Church, Grand Beguinage, or the Arenberg Castle, Leuven boasts more wonders than you can shake a stick at, and regardless of what time of year you come you are in for a treat. The city is only recently beginning to transform into a major destination for foreigners, so now is the perfect time to visit before the crowds start setting in.
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    Landmarks near Leuven

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    • Keizersberg Abbey
      1.00 Km from Leuven
    • Vlierbeek Abbey
      2.81 Km from Leuven
      Vlierbeek Abbey (Dutch: Abdij van Vlierbeek) is a former Benedictine abbey to the north-east of Leuven in Belgium, in the sub-district Kessel-Lo.
    • Haasrode Research-Park
      3.70 Km from Leuven
    • Arboretum Wespelaar
      9.74 Km from Leuven
      Arboretum Wespelaar is an arboretum in Wespelaar, Belgium. The arboretum was started in 1984, as an extension of the dendrological collections of Philippe de Spoelberch, to the north of his estate of Herkenrode. In 2007, the arboretum and its collections were donated to the Foundation Arboretum Wespelaar which was set up to guarantee the future of the collections and arrange for their opening to the public in 2011. Some 2000 different taxa can be seen on the 20 hectare grounds. The arboretum br...
    • Planckendael Zoo
      18.68 Km from Leuven
      Planckendael is a zoo, located on the grounds of Planckendael castle in the village Muizen in Belgium. In 1956 the Royal Zoological Society of Antwerp (KMDA) bought the estate Planckendael. Planckendael keep exotic animals like rhinos, bison and various antelope species, but also several local species. Planckendael also has extensive leisure facilities: For children there is a large separate play area.
    • KSK Heist (women)
      20.91 Km from Leuven
      KSK Heist is a Belgian football team from Heist-op-den-Berg, who also has several women's teams in provincial divisions. This ladies team is part of K.S.K. Heist, which is affiliated to the KBVB with number 2948 and has blue and white as their club colours. The women's department is the formal FC Astrio Begijnendijk, a topclub in the early years of the official women's football in Belgium in the early 70's.
    • K.S.K. Heist
      20.91 Km from Leuven
      51°04′00.13″N 4°44′02.91″E Koninklijke Sportkring Heist is a professional Belgian association football club from the city of Heist-op-den-Berg in the province of Antwerp. They are affiliated to the Royal Belgian Football Association with basic number 2948 and has white and blue as their traditional colours. The club plays at Gemeentelijk Sportcentrum and is currently in the Second Division. All in all, Heist spent 9 seasons at the third level of Belgian football, from 1987–88 to 1993–94, and fro...
    • Walibi Belgium
      21.58 Km from Leuven
      Walibi Belgium, formerly Walibi Wavre and then Six Flags Belgium, is a Belgian theme park located in Wavre, close to Brussels. During the 1998 to 2004 period, it was owned by Six Flags, Inc, an American theme park operator. It was later sold to Palamon Capital Partners. As of 2006, the park is owned and operated, along with Paris' Parc Astérix, by CDA Parks (a division of Compagnie des Alpes). The Walibi name comes from the mix of Wavre, Limal and Bièrges, three towns in the Belgian province of ...
    • Cauchie House
      21.92 Km from Leuven
    • Basilica of Our Lady of Scherpenheuvel
      22.45 Km from Leuven

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    • Art & History Museum
      This museum is one of the best places to be in Brussels. It boasts of an array of art items from various civilizations of the world. It was founded in 1835 and the gate fee is €5 for adults.
      Art & History Museum 10 Parc du Cinquantenaire, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
    • Mechelen
      Mechelen, the religious capital of Belgium (because of the seat of the Cardinal), was build near the river Dijle and the Leuven canal. The town has an interesting history, dating back to the dark ages, which has left many architectural masterpieces to admire. The first train on the European continent drove between Brussels and Mechelen, in 1835.

      Today, the city offers many shopping facilities, as well as museums and artwork. The Grand Place is one of the most beautiful in Belgium, with many open space and terraces. Apart from that Mechelen has the ambition of being the most child-friendly city of Flanders, establishing many facilities and activities for children. (e.g. Technopolis and the Toy Museum)

      Mechelen is a Dutch-speaking city in the province of Antwerp, Flanders. The municipality comprises the city of Mechelen proper, some quarters at its outskirts, the hamlets of Nekkerspoel (adjacent) and Battel (a few kilometers away), as well as the villages of Walem, Heffen, Leest, Hombeek, and Muizen. The Dijle flows through the city, hence the term 'Dijlestad' (Dijle City).

      Mechelen lies on the major urban & industrial axis Brussels-Antwerp, about 25 km from each city.

      Places of interest are:

      St. Rumbold's Cathedral) with its dominating tower (UNESCO World Heritage)
      The Church of St. John the Evangelist and the church of Our Lady across the river Dijle
      The domed baroque Basilica of Our Lady of Hanswyck by native architect Lucas Faydherbe, of whom Some sculptures can also be found in the cathedral - he was a pupil and leading assistant of Rubens.
      The Brusselpoort, last remaining of the city's twelve gates
      The Schepenhuis, oldest stone-built city hall in Flanders and historical seat of the Great Council or Supreme Court
      The gothic-renaissance Hof van Busleyden where Jeroen alias Hiëronymus van Busleyden received Erasmus, Thomas More, and the later Pope Adrian VI. These three recently restored buildings together now house the City Museum
      The Palace of Margaret of York; the oldest renaissance building north of the Alps. In one of these palaces, Anne Boleyn was educated for some time as well
      The Lakenhal (hall for merchants of woollen cloth) and the 14th century Belfry (UNESCO World Heritage) beside it
      For the shopaholics : shoppingstreet Ijzerenleen
      Mechelen, Belgium
    • Le Berlaymont
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      Le Berlaymont Rue de la Loi 200, 1049 Bruxelles, Belgium
    • Council of the European Union
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      Council of the European Union Rue de la Loi 175, 1048 Bruxelles, Belgium
    • the Old Hack
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      the Old Hack Rue Joseph II 176, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
    • Chaussée de la Hulpe 150
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      Chaussée de la Hulpe 150, 1170 Watermael-Boitsfort, Belgium
    • Statue of Europe (Unity in Peace)

      The Statue of Europe, also known as Unity in Peace, is a statue which indicates the harmony of Europe. It is located at the backyard of Convent Van Maerlant Van Maerlant Street, in the European Quarter of Brussels and it validates the slogan of the European Union (EU), Unity in Assortment.

      Statue of Europe (Unity in Peace) Rue Van Maerlant 26, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
    • European Union
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      European Union place Schumann, 1000 Brussel, Belgium
    • Museum of Natural Sciences
      The museum is famous for its collection of iguanodons (dinosaurs found in a coal-mine in Belgium). The collection was given a new life in October 2007 as discovery activities for kids were included. Other collections you will find here are domestic animals, mammals and so on. Entrance fee is between €4.50 and €7 but you can enter for free on first Wednesday of every month starting from 1pm.
      Museum of Natural Sciences Rue Vautier 29, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
    • Musée d'Extrême-Orient
      This captivating complex comprises three buildings - the Japanese Tower, Chinese Pavilion and Museum of Japanese Art. The architecture may not be in accordance with today's taste but this is where you will find Chinese earthenware and Japanese artefacts of the Edo period (1600 - 1868). Entrance fee is €4 for adults, €3 for students and €1.50 for children.
      Musée d'Extrême-Orient Avenue Van Praet 44, 1020 Bruxelles, Belgium

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    Month Temp °C Rainfall Cm Temp °F Rainfall Inches
    Jan 2.5 73.7 36.5 29
    Feb 2.9 56.5 37.2 22.2
    Mar 5.5 61.2 41.9 24.1
    Apr 8.2 62.6 46.8 24.6
    May 13 65.3 55.4 25.7
    Jun 15.5 69.3 59.9 27.3
    Jul 17.2 91.4 63 36
    Aug 16.7 78.8 62.1 31
    Sep 14.1 67 57.4 26.4
    Oct 10 77.7 50 30.6
    Nov 5.2 77.1 41.4 30.4
    Dec 3.5 81.9 38.3 32.2

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