Belgium Journals

Leuven, Oldest University Town

A March 2005 trip to Belgium by wanderingnomad

Cafe Leffe Photo, Leuven, Belgium More Photos
Quote: Leuven is perhaps best known as the home to Belgium's oldest university as well as the Stella Artois beer brewery.

Leuven, Oldest University Town

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Overview

Old guildhouses Photo, Belgium, Europe
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Leuven has the honour of being Belgium's oldest university town, as it is where the "Katholieke Universiteit Leuven" (Catholic University of Leuven) - founded in the 15th Century - is located. Like most university towns, it is vibrant and lively with a good nightlife.Leuven's other claim to fame is that it is also the "Beer capital of Belgium", and the hometown of the world-famous Stella Artois brewery. There is also a domestic brewery called "Domus", that produces local brews called "Nostra Domus" (beer) and "Con Domus" (unfiltered lager), as well as a special Christmas brew "Nen Engel". All worth a try if only to get a taste of ...Read More

Klooster Hotel

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Hotel

Klooster Hotel Photo, Belgium, Europe
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We had the good fortune to stay at the Klooster Hotel in Leuven for 3 nights, as my husband was on a business trip. A wonderfully cosy boutique hotel located inside an old building, it was renovated to accommodate all the conveniences that a discerning traveller would expect. Prices are not cheap (ranging from 200 to 280 Euros per night, depending on the room selected), but the accommodation is luxurious and very comfortable. Our room was on the ground floor and came with a four-poster bed, fireplace, and attached bathroom, with wonderful views of the outdoor terrace and gardens outside. We were there in early spring, so the fireplace was very welcoming for cold mornings and evenings. Each room has...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 10, 2005

Klooster Hotel
Predikherenstraat  22
Leuven, Belgium B - 3000
+32 (16) 213 141

Cafe Leffe

Restaurant

Cafe Leffe Photo, Leuven, Belgium
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The Cafe Leffe in Leuven is a great place to sample traditional Belgian food and beers, with the Leffe beers taking centre stage, since this cafe is run by the folks who own the Leffe brewery. It has a great casual ambience, and reasonable prices mean that it is also a favourite with the university students as well as local residents. It is something of Belgium's equivalent to the Hard Rock Cafe - bustling and busy, with a bar at one end and tables on the other, a friendly waitstaff, and a great vibe. It is a great place to chill out with some local beers and indulge in good traditional Belgian food (huge portions!). It is highly recommended.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 10, 2005

Cafe Leffe
Bondgenotenlaan 20 A, 3000 Leuven
Leuven, Belgium
+32 (0) 16291274