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Great Market Square (Grote Markt)

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Address: Leuven, Belgium
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32-0-16-20-30-20
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Nice place to take a consumption

feel back in 1500 . Nice place to make a stop on your city tour and take a snack or a tasty Belgian beer.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed July 1, 2015
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Leuven, Belgium
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Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2015

Compared to Brussels and Antwerp, this square is nice but not opulent. Like the other squares, every ground-level space here is a restaurant. When the weather is good, it is pleasant to have a beer; and that's where Leuven excels.

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Thank Mick B
Leuven, Belgium
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2015

feel back in 1500 . Nice place to make a stop on your city tour and take a snack or a tasty Belgian beer.

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Thank KRYCK
kent
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2015

There are lots of bars in the square and in the adjacent streets. Its a lot more expensive for beers, so if you are on a budget go to one of the busy streets off it.

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Suffolk, England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2015

Lots and lots of lovely terraces to sit and watch the world go by; we visited The Capital (a must for beer lovers!!) De Metafoor (Paris street) De Domus Homebrewery for great food/beer and friendly staff!

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Thank MWheatley
Waterloo, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2015

Like most other major Belgian cities, Leuven also has it's "Grote Markt" (Great Market Square). The City Hall and St. Pieters Church are right on the Grote Markt. Sitting there on a sunny afternoon you can watch the impressive City Hall perfectly. However, for me personally, I prefer the 'Oude Markt' in Leuven, due to it's nice and varied architecture.... More 

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Thank Otto B
The Hague, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2015

This square with its history from medieval times that was totally destroyed in WW1 has been rebuilt completely. One can check which building were destroyed in the razing of Leuven in WW1 by way of blocks showing the number 1914. Interesting walks

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Thank Andrew v
Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2015

Most Belgian cities have a Grote Markt; a main square around which everything else is organised. And this is a truly fine one. It's one of the first places you'll go when you get to Leuven and, when you do, you won't be disappointed! It hosts the most beautiful town hall in all of Belgium (I'm biased, I love it)... More 

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Thank Marie F
Leuven, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2015

Nice atmosphere and a big collection of bars in a row... i like it cus the rythem of partying in leuven in different from the other cities. Monday until friday is full than in the weekend u see not to many people out

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Thank MayaUSA1
Leuven, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2015

On this place, you find the Town Hall. One of the best known Gothic Town halls worldwide and Leuven's pride and joy. Every Sunday at 15h you can visit it, for the price of 4€.

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 295 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2015

Take time to sit, walk, explore, stand, stare and be awestruck in this beautiful square. Surely the centrepiece of the town with its glorious Gothic Town Hall, magnificent Cathedral and other beautiful architecture bound to astonish. The square is alive with the hustle and bustle of daily life, visitors and tourists and university students. Plenty of cafes and bars to... More 

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