Town Hall (Stadhuis)

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Town Hall (Stadhuis)
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Carmen194
Bucharest, Romania72 contributions
Impressive building and very informative tour. The tour guide did a great job explaining the history of the building and the city and pointing out details that I would not have noticed otherwise. All in all an hour well spent. Tickets are available at the tourist info center nearby.
Written October 30, 2021
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Stephan G.
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It is a wonderful building, although it is rather big, it's delicately decorated with all statues of important people. (interesting to know: there is a book written by G. Huybens who defines and discribes all the statues on the building). After that you could go for a coffee in the Gambrinus on the Grote markt! fantastic interior and old school service....
Leuven is cool!!
Written January 16, 2020
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Michael H
Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany59 contributions
This is a totally cool building. On the corner of the great market, it just invites looking. We were not able to go inside because they had not opened yet because of covid-19. However, we will return to see the inside at a later date.
Written July 12, 2020
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HARTONO T
Medan, Indonesia739 contributions
This must be the best art deco town hall in the world. Standing majestically in the center of old Leuven. All facades are decorated with full and amazing details. Great art work and a must visit while you are Leuven.
Written June 24, 2022
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Werther Veulemans
Leuven, Belgium521 contributions
Couples
Born here in Leuven, travelled around the entire world and saw lots of city halls.
If you love old architecture, history and culture this is a city hall you can’t miss in your life. It’s my favorite I have seen so far as I do love for a city hall to be a symbol of prestige. Nothing beats old architecture and a city hall that survived two world wars.
Written January 5, 2019
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ExploreTraveler
Alaska230 contributions
This building is really nice. I always enjoyed eating or drinking coffee in its shadow.

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John Gentry
Written April 12, 2016
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Travelpenguinski
Berkeley, CA73 contributions
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Leuven is often overlooked on people’s itineraries when they go to Belgium. This is because people think of Leuven as just a university town. While this is true, I would argue that being a university town is precisely what makes Leuven so worth visiting. The Catholic University of Leuven is the centerpiece of Leuven, being largest university in Belgium and oldest Catholic University in Europe. It owns many historical buildings such as the Castle Arenberg, University Library, University Hall, Paul’s college, Pope’s college etc. Its faculties and students bring customers to the numerous restaurants and bars which line the streets.
Leuven is also home to Stella Artois, now the headquarters of Anbush-Heur Inbew, and one of the largest breweries in the world. Belgium is also famous for its rich beer culture made by monks. There are so many variety of beers that one can have in Leuven. The streets are filled with bars, and you will never go thirsty (Unless you are a minor). The Oude Markt is a large plaza full of bars where you can get any type of beer you want. It is commonly referred to as "The world’s longest bar.". Students and local tourists alike go there in the afternoon to hang out, filling up the entire plaza.
Besides drinks, Leuven is also a gourmet heaven. It has multiple streets filled with restaurants from popular places like Burger Folie to upscale Belgian-French restaurants. These restaurants cater to all budgets. There are Flemish cuisine as well as international cuisines. My personal favorites include Kokoon, serving upscale sophisticated Flemish dishes, and Timory, a casual tavern serving up authentic Belgian cuisine with a large menu ( all are very good) at a very reasonable price. If you’re tired of eating out, you can go to one of the many bakeries in Leuven. Just get slices of simple wholesome bread, add slices of deli meat, you will get most delicious sandwich. They serve fresh bread ranging from the delicious but simple Vlaai to the complicated yet addictive Luikse Bread.
Ok, we get it, Leuven has incredible food, but so do other cities in Belgium. What sets it apart from the rest? Because of the University, many of Leuven’s old buildings were preserved and used as facilities for the school. The University Library is a building built in the Neo-Renaissance style. It was burned down twice by the Germans in WWI and WWII, losing approximately 1.2 million books in the process. It was rebuilt by Americans to its original style. It now houses over 4 million books and manuscripts. Itself is a must visit tour.
Another place you shouldn’t miss is located within walking distance of the city center. It is the Groot Begijnhof. A charming Beguinage built in the 13th century, it is restored and well maintained by the University. It now serves as a student residency. It is probably the largest and definitely most impressive Beguinage in Europe. It is a incredibly beautiful place, with cobblestone streets and vibrant flowers decorating the windows. In 1998, it was named a UNESCO world heritage site.
The Castle Arenberg in Heverlee is also worth visiting. It is built using many different architectural styles and is located in the Heverlee green area with newer student dormitories grouped among the greens. It offers a peaceful place to stroll, walk, or jog along the river, and is a great place to have a picnic in front of the castle.
Aside from University owned buildings, the St. Peter's Church is a large Church located right next to the city hall. It towers over the city of Leuven, and is quite hard to miss. The town hall ( 't Stadthuis) is right next to St. Peter’s Church. It is built in a Gothic style, with 236 statues of important people in Leuven’s history on it. Lastly, the Klein Begijnhof is located right behind the church, offering a quiet place to go for a walk in the morning.
From the lip-smackingly good food to the mind-blowing architecture, Leuven is a must-visit place in Belgium. Leuven easily deserves a spot on every Belgium itinerary. So if you want to go to Belgium, skip the big cities and head straight for Leuven. Maybe I’ll see you there.
Written August 21, 2015
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GemsNI
Armagh, UK536 contributions
The Town Hall is situated in the centre of the town, just down from the large square at the university library. The architecture is stunning with intricate carvings, mini balconies and statues.
Written February 2, 2020
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Andy H
Alexandria, VA160 contributions
This rating is a split... the exterior (as any picture will indicate) is excellent. Day or night, the town hall is incredibly impressive. The interior however is average. I did the tour and the guide was knowledgeable, but ultimately the inside of the building is no where as impressive as the outside, don't fell you need to do the tour.
Written November 7, 2019
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James Weaver
Irvine, CA2,171 contributions
Couples
We had to wait a day for a reservation to tour inside the building, while it is fun to explore the exteriors, you wonder why and how this was built. The guide first explains details on the different periods of construction and what the problems encountered were solved. Once the interior stairway is reached the beauty of the place becomes clear. Workmanship and attention to detail long ago lost are on display. From the chambers still in use by city government to 300 year old floors so many have walked over and had decisions made upon. It is staggering to me to think how all you see around you came to be
Written November 30, 2016
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