Leuven audio tour: 600 Years of History and Heritage: A Leuven Walking Tour

600 Years of History and Heritage: A Leuven Walking Tour

Walking Tour

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60 mins
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1.4mi

About the Tour

Find out what Leuven would have been like in the 1500s, when it was one of the most important cities in medieval Europe. Our walking tour starts in Grote Markt, where you’ll see some of the most gorgeous and impressive buildings in Belgium. Among them is Saint Peter’s Church, which was very nearly the world’s tallest building, and the historical Leuven Town Hall with its 236 statuettes. While you walk through the city centre, I’ll show you parts of the largest, oldest and most prominent university in Belgium, KU Leuven University Hall, Saint Anthony’s Chapel where Father Damien (one of the ten best-known Belgians of all time) is buried, and the impressive Saint Michael’s Church.

But it’s not only the city’s medieval wonders that I’ll show you! On this tour, you can also look forward to:

• Hearing about the woman who keeps a strict but loving eye on student houses
• Saying hello to Fonske, a young man who pours water into a hole in his head
• Walking down the “longest bar in Europe,” Leuven Oude Markt
• Passing by Domus Brewery, where authentic Belgian beer is traditionally brewed
• Taking in M Leuven, an art museum that houses a collection of Gothic sculptures and 15th and 19th-century paintings by various artists
• Seeing a giant bug impaled by a 25-meter pole
• Learning about the university library that was burnt down and rebuilt twice

Leuven has lots to offer! On this hour-long tour, I’ll introduce you to the best things to do, and show you plenty of places to pull up a seat on a terrace and enjoy a relaxing drink or lunch.

Tour Producer

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Denzil Walton

Denzil from Discovering Belgium introduces the delights of Belgium to visitors and residents, with country walks, city walks, museums & castles, parks & gardens and much more. Discover some of Belgium's most interesting towns and cities with audio walking guides.

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Major Landmarks

  • Grote Markt

  • Historical Leuven Town hall

  • Saint Peter's Church

  • KU Leuven University Hall

  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

  • Leuven Oude Markt

  • Saint Anthony's Chapel

  • Saint Michael's Church

  • Pope's College

  • Domus

  • M Leuven

  • Jan Fabre's Beetle Totem

  • Fonske

Directions to Starting Point

We start our audio walk on the Grote Markt. If you’ve arrived in Leuven by train or car, you can walk here from the railway station or from the underground car park – De Bond – under the station. You simply walk down the broad street called Bondgenotenlaan until it ends at the open square called Rector De Somerplein. Cross the road and you will enter the Grote Markt. If you’re arriving in Leuven by bus, you need to get off at the Rector De Somerplein bus stop.

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

Halfway around the tour, a good spot to stop for a drink or lunch is De Werf on the Hogeschoolplein.

Best time of day

Any time of the day or evening

Precautions

Leuven is a very safe city - but watch out for cyclists as you cross the road!

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600 Years of History and Heritage: A Leuven Walking Tour