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Groot Begijnhof, Leuven

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Architectural Building Historic Site
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. Arrange to visit Groot Begijnhof and other attractions in Leuven using our Leuven itinerary maker.
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  • Good place to take pictures. A walk on these streets is a thing you should do when in Leuven. Best at sunset.  more »
  • A good thing to do when in Leuven. Quiet and pleasant place on the edge of town. Good for a relaxing walk.  more »
  • Sensitively restored, this whole area is well worth a walk round to soak up the atmosphere. The faculty club is excellent if pricey for food but there are cafes and bars very close by. With students a...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Fantastic place, feels like in the 16 century. Very well restored by KU leuven.
  • Such a peaceful place to wander through. Absolutely beautiful. You must see for yourself!
  • 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.
  • a great place to walk around. I would comeback just for photography. I wish they had some minimum information dest though. no bathroom either.