In Pictures: Leuven, Belgium

A couple of weekends ago, I took my first ever trip on the Eurostar. Which was exciting enough anyway, and it turns out the Eurostar is actually a really awesome way of travelling. Two hours to Brussels? You could even do a day trip.

However, it wasn’t actually Brussels I was headed to – it was actually nearby Leuven, a small, lesser-known Belgian city. One thing it is known for, however, is its beer. And that’s why I found myself heading to the city, to check out its Innovation Beer Festival, among other things.

Having no real previous knowledge of Leuven, and admittedly doing limited research (okay, basically no research) before going, I actually had no idea what to expect from the city.

And y’know what? I absolutely loved it.

So far, having also been to Antwerp, Bruges and Brussels, Leuven is by far my favourite place in Belgium that I’ve visited. 

I do have a full city guide in the works for a weekend in Leuven coming next week, but for now, here’s a peek at some of the (gorgeous) sights there are to see in the city. Because I took a LOT of pictures!

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The Grand Beguinage area of the city is a maze of cobbled streets that takes you on a trip back in time. When I visited, the whole place was so quiet, I almost felt like I had the streets all to myself to explore. Doors, windows and bicycles everywhere – this place is just made for Instagram!

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Leuven doesn’t have as much street art as some of the other cities I’ve visited this year – but turning a corner and seeing this mural was amazing!

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I loved the contrast of the derelict old beer factory buildings with the newly built flats along the canal! 

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See how pretty and lovely Leuven is? 

I always find I have so many awesome pictures from trips that don’t make it into the city guide and round up posts that I love to do. I’ve really been putting more into my photography this year, and hopefully it’s showing. So if you’d like to see more posts like this, let me know!

(I mean, I’ll probably still post them anyway. But still.)

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  • Abi Street

    Your photos look absolutely beautiful!! I really want to visit Belgium! x

    Abi | abistreetx

  • Yasmin Rebecca

    As always your photos are STUNNING!! I haven’t been to Belgium but wanted to go for yeaaaars because my dad always used to rave about it – with the Eurostar taking 2 hours I think I really need to make this happen! The buildings just look so beautiful.

    Yasmin x
    The Sweet Seven Five

  • gorgeous photos #citytripping

  • Elizabeth Newcamp

    We are in the Netherlands so this would be a perfect weekend trip for us. I’m going to add it to my list based on your stunning photos. We’ve been to the larger cities but I agree the smaller ones are were you find the Gems! #CityTripping

  • I absolutely loved Leuven but it felt like we went at the end of the already low tourist season and many of the restaurants and shops had closed up. But we still had a good time and I still can’t get over the beautiful city hall … which is missing in your pictures! 🙁 #CityTripping

  • Ruth Rieckehoff

    Your pictures rock! Oh, I love them. I can’t wait to read your guide about the city. Seems like the perfect place to spend the weekend. #CityTripping

  • Sharon Odegaard

    How I love Belgium! The architecture here looks a lot like Brugge and Amsterdam, both cities I treasure and would love to visit again. Your photos make me want to travel here!

  • Angeline Hoseani

    I used to live in Leuven from 1993-1997 during my father’s study in KU Leuven. I will never forget the 4 wonderful years of my childhood spent here in this beautiful town.

  • wherejogoes

    My husband lived in Leuven for a while and we both really liked it there – he as a temporary resident and me as a visitor. Love the square with all the bars and the studenty vibe. #FarawayFiles

  • Wander Mum

    Great pictures so definitely more of this please. I’m not familiar with Leuven so thanks for the photographic introduction and linking to #citytripping

  • Oh, did I tell you I love all your posts? Esp. picture-tours like these <3 #citytripping

  • Kathleen (Kat)

    Love your photos!! Only 2 hours by train? Oh I wouldn’t mind visting Leuven every other weekend haha…thanks for sharing 🙂 #farawayfiles

  • Untold Morsels

    Belgium is such an underrated country in my opinion. I’ve never been to Leuven but I can tell I’d love it already! I agree that the Eurostar is fabulous – only way to travel is by train I reckon! Thanks for joining #FarawayFiles

    • Same! It’s also so convenient to get to from the UK – you could even day trip to Brussels!!

  • beatravelling

    I didn’t get to explore Leuven enough when I was there. Loved it!

  • Young And Undecided

    I’ve never been, but Belguim seems so cute, it has the look of a typical old european place! I would love to visit! Your pictures are beautiful #farawayfiles

  • Your pictures are incredible!! -Stephanie

  • Photo posts are literally my fave, but it’s always making me want to just book an impromptu trip, which isn’t a bad thing at all really! <3
    Love Vicki ♡ victoriajanex