Leuven

Leuven or Louvain is the capital of the province of Flemish Brabant in Belgium. It is located about 25 kilometres (16 miles) east of Brussels.

Leuven is home to the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, the largest and oldest university of the Low Countries and the oldest Catholic university of the world that’s still in existence. The related university hospital of UZ Leuven is one of the largest hospitals in Europe. During the academic year (September till June) the city bursts of students strolling around the streets.

The city is also known for being the headquarters of Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest brewer and one of the five largest consumer-goods companies in the world. It is most well-known for its beer Stella Artois.

Leuven contains two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Groot Begijnhof (Grand Beguinage) and the Belfry on St Peter's Church. The University buildings and the Historic Centre are also on Belgium's tentative list to become a World Heritage site in its own right.

In summer, when the students are gone, there are a lot of events going on to keep the city busy. You can visit Beleuvenissen every Friday in July, which is a musical and cultural festival on the squares in the city centre. On the first Sunday of August, every bar and restaurant puts stalls outside to promote their goods on the Hapje Tapje event. The last weekend of July or the first weekend of August, M museum hosts a festival in cooperation with the cultural centre and Het Depot.

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