The Leuven Provinciehuis is the administrative center and seat of the Flemish Brabant Provincial Council which plays a role in governance and decision-making for the region.
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Located in the heart of Belgium, Leuven is a vibrant and historic city that offers a delightful blend of old-world charm and modern flair. Leuven is famous for its prestigious university, stunning architecture and lively cultural scene. Whether you're a history enthusiast, a beer lover or a curious traveler, Leuven has something to captivate everyone.
Step back in time as you wander through the Grand Beguinage, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This well-preserved medieval quarter features picturesque cobblestone streets, tranquil gardens and beautiful white-washed houses. It offers a glimpse into the lives of the Beguines, a group of religious women who lived independently in this secluded community centuries ago.
Leuven's iconic landmarks include the stunning Town Hall and the St. Peter's Church. The Town Hall, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, stands tall on the Grote Markt (Market Square). Climb the 236-step tower for breathtaking panoramic views of the city. Nearby the St. Peter's Church showcases a mix of Romanesque and Brabant Gothic styles, and its interiors are adorned with impressive artwork, including 'The Last Supper' by Dieric Bouts.
The University Library, with its impressive reading room, is a must-visit for architecture enthusiasts. Its book tower stands as a symbol of knowledge and education in Leuven. Adjacent to the library is Ladeuzeplein, a lively square where students gather to socialize, study and relax.
No trip to Belgium is complete without savoring the local delicacies. Leuven has a wide array of restaurants and pubs offering traditional Belgian dishes and, of course, world-renowned Belgian beers. Don't forget to try some 'frietjes' (fries) served with a variety of sauces and Belgian waffles sprinkled with powdered sugar or topped with fruit and cream.
As the birthplace of Stella Artois and home to one of the oldest breweries in the world, Leuven is a haven for beer enthusiasts. Explore the vibrant pub scene and taste a wide range of Belgian beers, from Trappist ales to fruity lambics. You can also visit the Stella Artois Brewery for an immersive brewing experience.
For a peaceful retreat, head to the nearby Arenberg Park or the beautiful Abbey Park (Abdij van Park). These green oases provide a perfect setting for a leisurely stroll or a relaxing picnic.
As you embark on your journey through Leuven, be prepared to be charmed by its captivating history, vibrant culture, and warm-hearted locals. Enjoy your stay in this fascinating Belgian gem! More info can be found here.
Information on how to get to Leuven can be found here.
We note that from Brussel Airport Zaventem (BRU — not to be confused with Brussels Charleroi) there is convenient train access between the airport and the city of Leuven itself. Most places in Leuven can be accessed from a walking distance from the train station, however buses and taxis are available at the station. We recommend buying train tickets via the SNCB app or on the website of SNCB.
Important remark: As the English and French translation of the city name is Louvain, you should be careful not to confuse Leuven with Louvain-La-Neuve where the university UCL is situated.
Information on your visa for Belgium can be found here.
International registrants should be particularly aware and careful about visa requirements and should plan travel well in advance. Please send your request for a letter in support of a visa application to email@example.com. Use the subject line "FSE 2024 Visa" and include your name and mailing address. Also make sure to indicate which embassy/consulate you are applying to. Authors of accepted papers/posters/etc. should also include the title.