Settled over a thousand years ago, Leuven is a city with rich history and deep culture. Growing to become a centre for trade in Europe during the 1100s, the city prospered during medieval times, and this can be seen in the many great examples of architecture throughout the city. Small in size compared to other Belgian cities such as Antwerp and Brussels, Leuven is a great alternative for those who wish to avoid the big city crowds, and you can explore the whole area with ease and in comfort with your own rental car. Auto Europe offers several pick up locations and a large fleet selection, so finding a car rental in Leuven is both easy and economical.
A great way to begin your visit to Leuven is by visiting Grote Markt, the main market square in the city. Drive your rental car into the city centre, and explore the square with its many historical buildings and lively cafes. Most notable buildings here include the amazingly decorated gothic City Hall, built in the 1400s, and St Peters Church, which dates back to the 10th century but was rebuilt in the 1400s.
Not far from here you can visit another of Leuven's famous sites, Old Market Square. Home to over 60 bars, the entire square has been transformed into a year-round place of entertainment and relaxation with hundreds of local beers on offer, and a cheerful crowd of revellers.
To visit the home of one of Belgium's most famous products, drive your hire car north of the here to Den Horen, one of the oldest breweries in the country. Established in 1366, the brewery has been producing fine drinks for many centuries, and in the 1700s it was here that Stella Artois was created, without a doubt the best-known beer from this part of the world.
Once you have had enough of sightseeing, you can take your pick from outdoor spaces and reserves to relax and unwind. Highly recommended is the city's Botanical Garden, located just a short drive out of the centre with your rental car. At over 250 years old, the park features many rare plants, and beautiful gardens, the perfect place for walks, picnics, or just soaking up the fresh air!
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