Euro Trip 2010: Visiting Leuven

PauTravels in Leuven, Belgium

On my very first day in Belgium, I decided to tag along with the rest of my colleagues who had their own day planned and they’ve thought of seeing the next town, into the historic town of Leuven.  Leuven is about an 30 minutes drive east of Brussels.

Well going into Leuven by car from Brussels, we have mainly relied on using the GPS to get there.  All I remember is that we passed through the Ring Highway and connecting to E40 to the east to reach the town.

The town seems small and we just parked somewhere near the town center and the first thing that I have seen that struck me is a statue of what looked like a gnome.  I actually thought that he looked like Dobby of Harry Potter.  It was actually the statue of Paep Thoon who once lived in Leuven in the 15th century. And from where we parked, we simply walked a short way through a small market where stalls of fruits, flowers, waffles, ceramics, and other stuff.   

Visiting Leuven, Belgium

weekend market in Leuven

Visiting Leuven, Belgium

statue of Paep Thoon in Leuven

A short past the small market we enter the main town center where in the middle of it rise this beautiful and intricately designed building which served as Leuven’s Town Hall.  The Town Hall building is located in what is known as the Grote Markt or simply what has been the town’s historic town center.   The building is so beautifully designed that its facade contain artistic designs and different statues of people.

Visiting Leuven, Belgium

Leuven’s Town Hall and Grote Markt

Visiting Leuven, Belgium

Leuven’s Town Hall

Visiting Leuven, Belgium

with my Besix officemates

Visiting Leuven, Belgium

Leuven’s Grote Markt

Visiting Leuven, Belgium

another view of the Grote Markt

Visiting Leuven, Belgium

flags on the facade of Leuven’s Town Hall

The grounds of the town center is cobbled and is lined up by these beautiful buildings that stand tightly next to each other with big windows and tipped rooftops.  Right across the town hall is the cathedral of the town, the St. Peter’s Church.  It’s such a huge church located in the middle of town.  I’d say Leuven is such a beautiful town.  Fortunately I had the opportunity to enter this beautiful church with high ceiling and a big altar.

Visiting Leuven, Belgium

Leuven’s St. Peter’s Church

Visiting Leuven, Belgium

the clock on the face of St. Peter’s Church

Visiting Leuven, Belgium

inside Leuven’s St. Peter’s Church

Visiting Leuven, Belgium

Leuven’s Town Hall with the St. Peter’s Church

It was a short trip and we finished our stay by having lunch at this restaurant called De Wiering  which is just a short walk from the Grote Markt.  Well, it was very much recommended for its delicious and sumptuous ribs. 
Visiting Leuven, Belgium

De Wiering restaurant where we had our lunch

Visiting Leuven, Belgium

a huge order of a HALF back rib.. imagine how big the whole version is

Later on that afternoon, we drove straight to Antwerp next and the day after we visited Bruges and Amsterdam the week after.

6 thoughts on “Euro Trip 2010: Visiting Leuven

  1. It’s a good place for architecture sightseeing… it seems that those buildings were build centuries ago and still standing strong today. I also find it very historical.

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