Flights to Leuven
Located about 30 kilometres from Brussels is the city of Leuven, and it’s the capital of Flemish Brabant, in the Flemish Region of Belgium. Leuven’s historic landmarks make this a popular city and a good alternative to the capital, Brussels.
The Brussels Airport (airport code: BRU) is where you will arrive for your flight to Leuven. It’s a short train ride away, or you can take the bus. Either way, Leuven is less than a half hour away from Brussels. South African Airways goes to Brussels, connecting once in London, and Swiss Air will make a stop-over in Zurich. You can also get a flight to Leuven with Ethiopian Airlines that has a transfer in Addis Ababa. Most flights are between 13 and 20 hours long.
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The Tourist Attractions of Leuven:
Leuven Town Hall
There are numerous impressive and historical buildings in Leuven but by far the most impressive of all is Leuven Town Hall. It dominates the main market square (Grote Markt) and features wonderfully ornate lace-like architecture. The Town Hall was built between 1448 and 1469 in a Brabantine Late Gothic style, and if you wander inside you’ll see various works of art including portraits of all the mayors of Leuven since 1794.
St Peter’s Church
Opposite Leuven Town Hall on the Grote Markt is another landmark building, St Peter’s Church. This church was mainly built in the 15th century and it too has a Brabantine Gotic style of architecture. If it looks as though the bell tower should be more impressive than it is this is because it was never completed so it does look somewhat unfinished! Even so, the church is very beautiful, both inside and out.
Grand Beguinage of Leuven
Many towns and cities in Belgium still feature Beguinage but the one here in Leuven is said to be one of the world’s best. It’s actually called the Grand Beguinage of Leuven and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998. This historical quarter consists of 12 streets and is connected by three bridges as the beguinage crosses over the River Dijle. Today the beguinage is owned by the University of Leuven and is used as a campus, particularly as housing.
A short distance from Leuven is Arenberg Castle. Started in 1455 and completed in 1515 this is a beautiful building that appears more stately home than castle. Arenberg Castle is open to the public but visitors should remember that this is now a university building, housing the Faculty of Engineering.
Leuven City Museum
Leuven has a new city museum where you can see works of art from history as well as a good collection of modern arts too.
When Should You Visit?:
There’s no getting away from rainfall when visiting Leuven as it can and does rain throughout the year here. If you want the warmest temperatures though, visit Leuven between June and September as average highs are between 18 and 22C. Spring and autumn are relatively mild, and winters start to get a little on the cool side with an average high of 5C in January.