The majestic Tervuren park covers an area of 205 ha and was once the hunting ground of the Dukes of Brabant. In front of the park you will find a French garden featuring ponds, flower beds and statues. This garden extends to a series of ponds fed by the small Voer river.
Measuring a grand total of 4,421 ha, the Sonian forest is Belgium’s largest area of woodland and the perfect place for some lovely walks. Some beech trees are more than 200 years old. The forest’s current mix of deciduous trees goes back to the Austrian era (1714-1795).
Together Heverlee woods, Meerdaal forest and Egenhoven woods form the largest mixed deciduous woods in Flanders. They contain over 1,000 ancient oak trees and the oldest deer population, over an expanse of more than 2,050 ha. The soil ranges from sand to loam sand and is home to a varied vegetation. Children can enjoy the fun play area.
M is the sequel to the city museum Vander Kelen-Mertens. The focus lies on its permanent collection. This uses art to tell Leuven’s story. There are also regular temporary exhibitions to be seen in M. The modern design was created by the top architect Stéphane Beel.
This district was home to the Beguines until the 19th century. After some thorough restoration the houses were repainted and sold off to private owners. About thirty houses still remain from the original beguinage in the traditional Flemish style.
This impressive castle evolved from a defensive medieval fortress into a romantic residence. Explore the narrow passages and you will encounter thousands of valuable artefacts, such as furniture, tapestries, paintings, lots of gold and silverware, glass windows and sculptures.
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