Free Walking Sightseeing Tour #1 in Leuven, Belgium


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Tour Facts

Number of sights 15 sights
Distance 5.2 km
Ascend 75 m
Descend 76 m

Explore Leuven in Belgium with this free self-guided walking tour. The map shows the route of the tour. Below is a list of attractions, including their details.

Individual Sights in Leuven

Sight 1: Stedelijke kruidtuin

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The Hortus Botanicus Lovaniensis is a botanical garden in Leuven, Belgium, dating from 1738. It is situated in the city centre and has an extent of 2.2 hectares.

Wikipedia: Hortus Botanicus Lovaniensis (EN), Heritage Website

517 meters / 6 minutes

Sight 2: Sint-Jacobskerk

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St. James' Church is a church in the Belgian city of Leuven.

Wikipedia: Sint-Jacobskerk (Leuven) (NL), Heritage Website

583 meters / 7 minutes

Sight 3: Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-ten-Predikherenkerk

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The Church of Our Lady of the Preachers is the oldest Gothic church in Leuven. It was also one of the first Gothic churches in Belgium. The building is no longer in use as a church.

Wikipedia: Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-ten-Predikherenkerk (Leuven) (NL), Heritage Website

739 meters / 9 minutes

Sight 4: Sint-Geertruiabdij

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St Gertrude's Abbey is a complex of former monastic buildings in Leuven, Belgium. An Augustinian priory founded in 1206 was suppressed in 1797. After restoration, the monastic buildings were used between 1917 and 1968 by Benedictine nuns as a house of studies and student residence.

Wikipedia: St Gertrude's Abbey, Leuven (EN)

358 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 5: Collegium Trilingue

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Collegium Trilingue

The Collegium Trilingue, often also called Collegium trium linguarum, or, after its creator Collegium Buslidianum, is a university that was founded in 1517 under the patronage of the humanist, Hieronymus van Busleyden. The three languages taught were Latin, Greek and Hebrew. It was the model for the Collège de France founded in 1530. It is located in Leuven, Belgium.

Wikipedia: Collegium Trilingue (EN), Heritage Website

263 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 6: Vrijheidsboom

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This article covers the history of Leuven up to 1968.

Wikipedia: Geschiedenis van Leuven (NL)

164 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 7: Sint-Pieterskerk

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Saint Peter's Church in Leuven, Belgium, is a Roman Catholic church built in the 15th century in the Brabantine Gothic style. The church has a cruciform floor plan and a low bell tower that has never been completed. It is 93 metres (305 ft) long. It is located on the city's Grote Markt, opposite the Town Hall. In 1999, the belfry and bell tower of the church was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as part of the Belfries of Belgium and France site, in recognition of the civil importance and architecture of the belfries in the region.

Wikipedia: St. Peter's Church, Leuven (EN), Heritage Website

128 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 8: Fonske

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FonskeJuan V. Vera del Campo from Tarragona, Spain / CC BY-SA 2.0

The Fonske is a statue in the center of the university city of Leuven, on the Rector De Somerplein. His full name is Fons Sapientiae, Latin for Source of Wisdom. The Fonske is one of the works of Jef Claerhout and was donated to the city on the occasion of the 550th anniversary of the Leuven Catholic University in 1975.

Wikipedia: Fonske (NL)

212 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 9: M-Museum

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M – Museum Leuven or simply M is an art museum in the inner city of Leuven, Belgium, which was officially opened in 2009. The museum has a collection of some 46,000 works, which range from late-Gothic paintings and sculptures to 16th century local artists such as Jan Rombouts the Elder and Josse van der Baren to 19th-century paintings and sculptures by various Flemish masters including Constantin Meunier, Jef Lambeaux and George Minne.

Wikipedia: M – Museum Leuven (EN), Website

366 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 10: André Dumont

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André Dumont was a Belgian geologist and mining engineer. He was a descendant of the André-Dumont family and a son of the geologist André Hubert Dumont and professor of geology and mining at the Catholic University of Leuven. He succeeded Guillaume Lambert, of whom he had also been a pupil.

Wikipedia: André Dumont (mijnbouwkundige) (NL)

327 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 11: Heilig-Drievuldigheidscollege

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Heilige-Drievuldigheidscollege or the "Holy Trinity College Preparatory School" is a school in the city of Leuven in the Flemish Brabant province of Belgium.

Wikipedia: Heilige Drievuldigheidscollege (EN), Heritage Website

237 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 12: Sint-Michielskerk

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The St. Michael's Church of Leuven, protected as a monument in 1940, is a baroque church located on the Naamsestraat and is considered one of the seven wonders of Leuven.

Wikipedia: Sint-Michielskerk (Leuven) (NL), Heritage Website

388 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 13: Sint-Donatuspark

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The Sint-Donatus Park is an urban park with a village green in Leuven, Belgium.

Wikipedia: Sint-Donatus Park (EN), Heritage Website

585 meters / 7 minutes

Sight 14: American College

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American College

The American College of the Immaculate Conception, or the American College of Louvain is a former Roman Catholic seminary in Leuven, Belgium. Founded in 1857, it was operated by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to prepare European priests for service in the United States and to provide a residence for Americans priests studying at the Catholic University of Louvain.

Wikipedia: American College of the Immaculate Conception (EN), Heritage Website

323 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 15: Great Beguinage

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Great Beguinage

The Groot Begijnhof of Leuven is a well preserved beguinage and completely restored historical quarter containing a dozen streets in the south of downtown Leuven. About 3 hectares in size, with some 300 apartments in almost 100 houses, it is one of the largest remaining beguinages in the Low Countries. It stretches on both sides of the river Dijle, which splits into two canals inside the beguinage, thus forming an island. Three bridges connect the parts of the beguinage. The complete beguinage is owned by the University of Leuven and used as a campus, especially for housing academics.

Wikipedia: Groot Begijnhof, Leuven (EN), Website


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