Leuven in Belgium is both old and new. Vibrating because every year it’s conquered by thousands of students roaming its streets, traditional because its history goes way back. And with the city being the capital of beer, you will find Leuven has a lot up its meeting sleeves!
Home to KU Leuven, the oldest university in the Low Countries, Leuven has, over the last decades, grown into a knowledge region with about 100 innovative and high-tech spin-off companies that are conquering the whole world. With more than 2,000 association meetings a year and more than 1,000 professors, 1,000 post-docs and 4,500 doctoral students, the city is also known for its many fields of expertise. Strong in social and biomedical sciences, engineering and technology, KU Leuven is indeed a research-intensive, internationally oriented university that carries out both fundamental and applied research.
But Leuven is also a rich cultural and historical centre with original heritage sites such as the dazzling Gothic Town Hall, the abbeys and beguinages, the Old or the Great Markets. As to M-Museum Leuven, it has become a household name in the art world with its large permanent collection.
Safe and so close by
Less than 15 minutes by train from Brussels Airport, this small city with its modern hotels and unique historic venues might well be the ideal spot for your next meeting or conference, as everything is within walking distance.
On the ready, the convention bureau Meeting Leuven & Vlaams-Brabant is currently working on an Ambassador Programme, and can help organise meetings or gala dinners - actually any kind of event - in the centuries-old buildings of the city, the Stella Artois brewery or the M-Museum Leuven. There is no shortage of special venues whatsoever, whether it be traditional or unusual - the Faculty Club, located in the historical site of the Grand Beguinage, accommodates for instance 300 people for a reception.
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