Groot Begijnhof, Leuven

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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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  • Unique in Europe. Definitely go if you're in Leuven. Is the largest Beguinage in Europe
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  • 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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  • 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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  • The place where time is still. Always quite clean and mysteries. Be aware of the slippery stone floor when rainy and dark.
  • One of the best preserved/restored examples of the Flemish Béguinages. It really deserves to be a world heritage site. Go back in time but see it alive today.
  • Lovely place with loads of history to learn. Unesco world heritage site
  • A jewel in the midst. Very nice place to spend time for a quiet read of picnic
  • Very nice little area, it was not very busy but very pretty so I liked it a lot

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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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