Enjoying Flemish Brabant
Hageland, walking country
To the east of Leuven is the magnificent Hageland. Six cosy provincial towns are the pearls in the crown of the rural country life. Here the farmer sitting on his tractor cordially waves to you as you walk by. You can cycle along the interconnecting bicycle network, beside courtyard farms and Roman "tumuli". A little further on, the Horst Castle proudly stands guard in the middle of the lake. And the children? They are already splashing around in the open-air swimming pool of the provincial domains in Kessel-Lo and Diest. Or are we talking about the nature lovers...? In Zoutleeuw, their shadows are reflected in the lake of Het Vinne. A unique ecological creation!Top
The Green Belt, parks and gardens
The Green Belt encircles the Belgian and Flemish capital Brussels. There are tens of splendid parks and gardens thriving in the shade of this metropolis. It was here that Bruegel put down his painter's easel and it was here, many years ago, that the Brabant draught horse began its international career. At the bar or in an outdoor cafe, you will be served with generous glasses of a locally brewed Lambiek, Geuze, Palm or Primus.
The Green Belt is made up of three regions: the Pajottenland and Zenne Valley, the Brabant Kouters and the Dijleland. They each have their individual characters. In other words, there are plenty of things to discover!
Leuven, art city
Scarcely twenty minutes by train from Brussels lies a centuries-old city which is more alive than ever: Leuven. A town with Oxfordian airs but a Burgundian heart. Unique among the cities of Europe. Leuven combines seriousness with playfulness, old with new, art with kitsch, tradition with high tech, energy with savoir-vivre. Leuven, gateway to the Hageland and the Green Belt, will astonish you. Before you know it, this city will have forever captured a place in your heart.