Leuven in a nutshell

Steeped in centuries of culture and history, Leuven quickly captures your heart. It is an internationally oriented city accustomed to accommodating individuals and families from every background. Combined with an excellent education system and high standards of medical care, Leuven has all the ingredients to be a great place to live.


Leuven is in the center of Belgium. Only 15 kilometers from Brussels International Airport and 25 kilometers from Brussels, the capital of Europe.

The Leuven MindGate region sprouts at the intersection of two European motorways, the E40 and E314 (A2).

An hour drive to the north will get you to Antwerp, Flanders’ biggest city and port. The same distance to the south brings you to Charleroi, Belgium’s second largest international airport. Head east and both Eindhoven and Germany are within a stone's throw.


Leuven is a friendly, relaxed and incredibly easy to walk about town. The perfect mix of tradition and innovation as well as cobbled streets, Gothic churches and even Europe’s longest bar. The city is the birthplace of Stella Artois and Europe's most innovative university so it goes without saying that it is brimming with knowledge and creativity.

Are you just paying a visit or do you want to know what Leuven has in store? Then discover our top ten of must sees and so much more on the city's tourist information website Visit Leuven.

Top 10 things to do in Leuven


Every year in September, the population of 100,000 inhabitants grows by 57,000 future bachelors and master's students. Leuven has a strong and capable workforce thanks to the presence of the university, colleges, spin-offs and Leuven MindGate’s varied ecosystem of companies.

The city’s 57,000 students, spread across the university and university colleges, give the city a youthful and vibrant feel. 157 nationalities work, study and live in Leuven and give the city an unmistakably international flavor.

Not only Belgians but also Dutch, Chinese, Italians, Spaniards and many other nationalities make up Leuven’s skilled workforce. Smooth communication is not a problem either since the locals easily speak up to three or even four languages.