Leuven Cultural Venues, Leuven

Leuven Cultural Venues (Self Guided), Leuven

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.
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Leuven Cultural Venues Map

Guide Name: Leuven Cultural Venues
Guide Location: Belgium » Leuven (See other walking tours in Leuven)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles
Author: karenl
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • STUK
  • Catholic University
  • Museum M
  • Tweebronnen
  • Kinepolis

1) STUK (must see)

Located in the midst of various university buildings, the STUK centre is the old university hall and this is clearly displayed through big metal letters along the street. Designed by architects Riedijk and Rotterdam, the building is constructed around a large patio on which different chambers can be seen: a cinema, a nice café, auditoriums, offices and an art factory. On these grounds, great artists, tourists and passers-by meet and a new world can be found behind each door. STUK is now a house with many inviting rooms and it offers an amazing selection of plays throughout the year.
Catholic University

2) Catholic University

The Catholic University of Leuven was the largest, oldest and most prominent university in Belgium. The university was founded in 1425 as the University of Leuven by John IV, Duke of Brabant and approved by a Papal bull by Pope Martin V. During France's occupation of Belgium in the French Revolutionary Wars, the university closed by a decree of the French Republic. After Belgium was annexed by the United Kingdom of the Netherlands, a State University of Louvain was founded in 1816, lasting until 1835. In 1834, a few years after Belgium gained its independence, the Catholic University of Leuven was refounded, taking this new name, and it is identified with the Old University.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Museum M

3) Museum M (must see)

Established in 2009, the “M” Museum is essentially the history of the city museum. The beautiful building, located in the centre of the city, is a real eye-catcher. Designed by the architect Beel, the complex integrates existing historical buildings with contemporary architecture. It houses a brilliant collection of documents, artifacts, costumes and paintings that are presented to local people and visitors. Here you can find an original collection of Gothic sculptures and 19th-century paintings by various artists. From the roof of the museum, you have a splendid view of the city.

4) Tweebronnen

Originally built between 1936 and 1942, the building of the library was designed by the well-known Belgian architect Henry van de Velde and it is the building of the former Technical School. In 1990 the school was protected as a cultural and historical building. Between 1994 and 2000 the construction was substituted by a public library and municipal archive office. The old playground of the school is now a municipal meeting place.

5) Kinepolis

This venue is one of the best places to head if you are looking for a relaxing evening out in the heart of the city. This movie theatre has 7 screens, all of which are beautifully decorated and have modern facilities. All movies are presented in their original language, subtitled in Dutch and mostly French as well. Only cartoons are shown in Dutch for the children, but can be also shown in the original language; so check out which one you want before buying your ticket. There is sure to be something to suit you at this nice-looking movie theatre.

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 Introduction Walking Tour

Leuven Introduction Walking Tour

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