Great Beguinage, Leuven

Great Beguinage, Leuven (must see)

The Grand Béguinage of Leuven is a well preserved and completely restored historical quarter containing a dozen of streets in the south of downtown Leuven. About 3 hectares (7.5 acres) in size, with some 300 apartments in almost 100 houses, it is one of the largest still existing beguinages in the Low Countries. The béguinage stretches on both sides of the river Dijle, which splits into two canals inside the béguinage, thus forming an island. Three bridges connect the parts of the beguinage. The complete béguinage is owned by the University of Leuven and used as a campus, especially for housing students and academic guests.

The Grand Béguinage of Leuven has the appearance of a small town on its own, with houses planned along a network of narrow streets and small squares. The majority of the houses dates back from the period 1630-1670. They were constructed in the local, traditional architecture, enriched with some sober, baroque elements. The facades show red bricks with sandstone cross-bar frames for windows and doors. A typical element in the beguinage of Leuven are the numerous dormers, often elaborated with crow-stepped gables and round arched windows.
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Great Beguinage on Map

Sight Name: Great Beguinage
Sight Location: Leuven, Belgium
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Leuven, Belgium

Create Your Own Walk in Leuven

Create Your Own Walk in Leuven

Creating your own self-guided walk in Leuven is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Leuven Religious Buildings Tour

Leuven Religious Buildings Tour

Leuven has a great religious heritage and there are many magnificent abbey buildings and interesting churches that are worth a visit. This self-guided tour will take you through some of the most historical religious buildings in the city.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 Km or 2.2 Miles
Leuven Introduction Walk

Leuven Introduction Walk

Leuven can proudly boast a number of great landmarks that offer extraordinary scope for sightseeing. The city of Leuven is marked by two beautiful squares, the Ladeuzeplein, basically the most famous attraction and the Fochplein, where the magnificent Fonske can be found. This orientation walk is the best opportunity to discover Leuven's most interesting attractions.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
Famous Architecture Walk

Famous Architecture Walk

For tourists looking to find the most remarkable Medieval buildings in the world, they should just visit Leuven. The town is the seat of the most impressive architecture in all of Belgium, the imposing University Library and the splendid Town Hall, which is home to numerous early Flemish figures. Take this tour and admire the beauty of Leuven architecture.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 Km or 3.7 Miles
Leuven Cultural Venues

Leuven Cultural Venues

Leuven has some wonderful cultural attractions to offer, and is definitely most famous to beer lovers as the beer capital of Belgium or perhaps even the whole world. There is a large number of cultural buildings in this city and each attraction has its own special setup and outstanding collections on display. Take this walking tour to explore the best exhibitions in Leuven.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles