Groot Begijnhof (Great Beguinage)
This bit of Unesco world heritage from the 13th century is a bewitching piece of pure relaxation right in the heart of the city. It has a succession of streets, squares, gardens and parks, with dozens of houses and convents in traditional sandstone.
During the high days in the 17th century around 360 beguines lived there, pious women who didn't have their own conventual order and needed accommodation.
These days students, foreign guest professors and employees from the oldest catholic university in Europe have replaced these ladies.
The old infirmary and the beguinage's communal accommodation - the Chièvres Convent - are now home to a Leuven congress centre. And the picturesque streets are now a favourite area for walkers wanting to bathe in the atmosphere of times gone by.
The Beguinage is open to the public free of charge.