Groot Begijnhof, Leuven

4.7
Wander the completely restored historic district at Groot Begijnhof, now used by the local university as housing and classrooms. Made up of 12 cobbled streets cutting through rows of brick buildings, the area is popular for walking tours that allow you to admire the dormers, gables, and statuary decorating the buildings. A Gothic church is the neighborhood's centerpiece--go inside to see the 14th-century murals revealed during a 1980s restoration project. Keep your camera ready for the views from the many canal bridges that cross the waterways into the district, and to capture images of some of the 300 buildings. Plan my trip to Leuven with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Unique in Europe. Definitely go if you're in Leuven. Is the largest Beguinage in Europe
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  • August 12, 2017
    The begijnhof: A city within the city, there are two parts, the Spanish and the Flemish part. Each with its architectural style. Very beautiful.
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  • August 10, 2017
    Beautiful old buildings and history. Fun and interesting to stroll around. Here attended the begijntjes and now students and professors. Too bad there's no "ordinary" citizens more. BV singles.
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  • June 20, 2017
    Fantastic place, feels like in the 16 century. Very well restored by KU leuven.
  • January 29, 2017
    Amazing experience to walk through. I had the privilege of staying for three months. Enjoyed every moment. Mysterious looking lights at night, which takes one to a different era. Wonderful church. Cobblestones are something else to get used. despite lot students, kept very clean. Quite place to meditate. A must for Leuven visitors. So much history behind the place. Loved it and would go back. A UNESCO Heritage site.
  • May 1, 2017
    Such a peaceful place to wander through. Absolutely beautiful. You must see for yourself!
  • February 8, 2017
    Looking for a relaxing walk amongst Leuven's most historical buildings, look no further! In December and January, Christmas lights brighten up the trees and roads. Just remember to keep the peace in this residence area for Leuven professors and staff.
  • January 29, 2017
    a great place to walk around. I would comeback just for photography. I wish they had some minimum information dest though. no bathroom either.

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The majority of accommodations in Leuven sits within the small city center, where there is no shortage of mid-range and more expensive hotels. Despite being a university town with a young and lively population, budget travelers have limited options for low-priced hostels. Explore your choices close to the main train station to stay within walking distance of the popular tourist attractions.
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