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Exploring The Old Market, Botanical Garden & Library Tower in Leuven, Belgium

Best things to do in Leuven Belgium Sofie Couwenbergh - Leuven City Hall

Leuven City Hall

I’m really excited to interview Sofie Couwenbergh of Wonderful Wanderings about Leuven, Belgium. Sofie’s tips for the best things to do in Leuven are awesome because she grew up in a small town nearby and her family has been visiting Leuven since she was a young girl. She went to university in Leuven and loves how it is small enough to walk everywhere, yet there are plenty of events throughout the year.

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Best things to do in Leuven Belgium Sofie Couwenbergh - St Peters Church

St Peters Church

Leuven, Belgium

Leuven is a small town in Belgium that is about 16 miles east of Brussels. It is Belgium’s reigning brewing capital and is the home of Inbev, the second largest brewery in the world. Most people in Belgium speak three languages – Flemish, French, and English – so Americans should feel comfortable traveling to Leuven to try the beers and delicious food.

Sofie says that the weather in Leuven can be fickle, with all four seasons and quite a bit of rain. Summer is definitely the best time to visit if you want to experience the local festivals. Local festivals include Zythos Bierfestival (Belgium’s largest beer festival), Kort International Short Film Festival, and the COOL Music Festival. Oddly enough, that is when the city is least crowded because that is when most of the city’s 40,000 college students go home for summer break.

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Visit Leuven, the local convention and visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.

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Best things to do in Leuven Belgium Sofie Couwenbergh - Laudeuzenplein

The square in the center of town is called Laudeuzenplein. Until WWII, it was called Volksplaats or People’s Place.

Getting around Leuven

The closest airport is Brussels Airport (BRU), which is only 30 minutes by car to Leuven.

Sofie says that Leuven tries to ban the use of cars as much as possible. It is a very walkable city, but there are also buses and a solar-powered electric sightseeing train if you’d prefer.

If you need to rent a car to go outside the city limits, click here for the best offers from Avis, Budget, or Hertz.

Best things to do in Leuven Belgium Sofie Couwenbergh - Gloria

Enjoy a delicious meal at Gloria during your visit.

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Sofie Couwenbergh about Leuven, Belgium. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Leuven, Belgium
  • Green dots = best things to do in Leuven, Belgium
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Leuven, Belgium

Who is Sofie Couwenbergh?

Sofie Couwenbergh is a copywriting and content strategist for her company Let Me Write That Down For You. She helps companies create and implement strategies to bring in new leads and retain their existing customers. In her spare time, she writes about her travels around the world and can’t-miss Belgian experiences on her blog, So far, Sofie has traveled to 26 countries and the list continues to grow.


Here are a few articles that she’s written:

You can connect with Sofie on her website and on Twitter, Facebook, InstagramPinterest, and LinkedIn.

Best things to do in Leuven Belgium Sofie Couwenbergh - Train station in Leuven

Train station in Leuven

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Stay tuned for our next episode

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Listen to the next episode when Josh Stine of Seat Insiders shares the best things to do in Edinburgh, Scotland. Josh and I talk about the Beltane Fire Festival, hiking the extinct volcano of Arthur’s Seat, and golfing at the “old course” named St Andrews. We hope you’ll join us when We Travel There.

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