Free Walking Sightseeing Tour #2 in Leuven, Belgium


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Tour Facts

Number of sights 11 sights
Distance 4.2 km
Ascend 79 m
Descend 47 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

420 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 4: 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

330 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 5: 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

212 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 6: 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)

120 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 7: Vrijheidsboom

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This article covers the history of Leuven up to 1968.

Wikipedia: Geschiedenis van Leuven (NL)

263 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 8: 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

534 meters / 6 minutes

Sight 9: Abtskwartier 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), Heritage Website

83 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 10: Sint-Geertruikerk

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St. Gertrude Abbey was a wealthy abbey of Canons Regular of St. Augustine in the Halfmaartstraat, near the Mechelsestraat in the Belgian city of Leuven.

Wikipedia: Sint Geertrui-abdij (Leuven) (NL), Heritage Website

1165 meters / 14 minutes

Sight 11: Verloren Kosttoren

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The Tower of Lost Cost (1463–1787), originally called the Great Tower, was the highest fortress tower of the outer city walls of Leuven (Belgium, province of Flemish Brabant). The name Verloren Kost comes from the heavy invoice for the city of Leuven to build it. In the end, militarily speaking, the tower hardly served.

Wikipedia: Verloren Kosttoren (NL), Heritage Website


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