Nightlife Self - Guided Tour, Leuven

Leuven is the hub of student nightlife in the town, with lots of bars, cafes and nightclubs. At Leuven's cocktail lounges you can meet the trendiest people, relax over wonderful cocktails and see amazing live jazz and rock performances. Take this walking tour to explore the most famous bars that this city has to offer.
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Nightlife Self - Guided Tour Map

Guide Name: Nightlife Self - Guided Tour
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: 0.6 km
Author: karenl
The Seven Oaks

1) The Seven Oaks

Located somewhat strangely in an alley, the Seven Oaks is a famous night spot in Leuven. The nightclub has a big dance floor, a nice bar and a calm atmosphere. Party hours vary, but usually the nightclub is a safe bet after midnight if you want to have fun. It is a bar that is still open at 5 in the morning when many other places are closed or empty, which is good to know if tourists feel like partying all night.

2) MusiCafe

Musicafe is the perfect place in this town to host your event. With three different rooms, you can have small cozy meetings or big bashes. Located in the very centre of town, the medium-sized cafe was recently completely renovated. The club has two rooms and a foyer that are quite fun. You can enjoy the large room downstairs that is ideal for relaxing or the upper chamber, perfect for dancing.
De Rector

3) De Rector

The nightclub “De Rector” is a very famous spot among teenagers and is also known to be the largest bar in Western Europe. Here you can enjoy unforgettable nights. The Rector is a combination of good food, fun and crazy parties. It is a choice of good quality and appropriate prices. Relaxing on the terrace in summer is a great experience.

4) Alegria

Alegria is a popular nightclub situated at the end of the Old Market. It opened its doors in September 2001. Since then it has grown into one of the "longest bars in the world" as the centre of Leuven nightlife is sometimes called. The younger generation in particular knows the way to the dance club easily. The music on weekends is a mix of house, hip-hop and pop. An ideal meeting place for singles!

5) Apero

This place is an ultra small bar at the beginning of the Oude Markt, but with a nice interior design and a calm atmosphere. There are parties with famous national and international DJs. The music is a mixture of house and sometimes even a little jazz and funk. This bar has good quality music and is less accessible than other bars in the Old Market.

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 Cultural Walking Tour

Leuven Cultural Walking Tour

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: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation 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
Leuven Daily Life Tour

Leuven Daily Life Tour

In terms of culture, entertainment and beautiful places to visit, Leuven has a wide range of possibilities. From its culinary walks to the dazzling green parks, from the student atmosphere in the main squares to the magnificence of the theaters, Leuven has it all. Take this wonderful tour to discover all the exciting places Leuven has to offer.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 km
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
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

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Leuven for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Leuven has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Leuven, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.