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Leuven, Belgium

Wintertime in Leuven

Wintertime in Leuven

heathland in Limburg (1h drive)

heathland in Limburg (1h drive)

Nature Preserve Bosland (heathland, dunes and woods - 150km from the sea!) 1h drive

Nature Preserve Bosland (heathland, dunes and woods - 150km from the sea!) 1h drive

university library Leuven

university library Leuven

medieval market - 15 min walk from our house

medieval market - 15 min walk from our house

Unesco World Heritage large beguinage Leuven - 20 min walk

Unesco World Heritage large beguinage Leuven - 20 min walk

Leuven has a solar-train!

Leuven has a solar-train!

open air swimming pool - 20 min walk

open air swimming pool - 20 min walk

botanical garden of Leuven (oldest in Belgium - 1738)

botanical garden of Leuven (oldest in Belgium - 1738)

we have plenty of great coffee bars!

we have plenty of great coffee bars!

we have plenty of affordable high quality restaurants and bistro's!

we have plenty of affordable high quality restaurants and bistro's!

world famous: university library of Leuven + climb library tower

world famous: university library of Leuven + climb library tower

Provincial domain Leuven - free entrance - 20 min walk

Provincial domain Leuven - free entrance - 20 min walk

lakes at the Provincial domain - 20 min walk

lakes at the Provincial domain - 20 min walk

for hikers: Doode Bemde Nature Preserve (7 min by train, 20min by car)

for hikers: Doode Bemde Nature Preserve (7 min by train, 20min by car)

Planckendael park - great day out for children and parents! 25 min by car or bus

Planckendael park - great day out for children and parents! 25 min by car or bus

Train world - Schaarbeek, 15 min from Leuven by train :)

Train world - Schaarbeek, 15 min from Leuven by train :)

Walibi amusement parc (25 min by car or direct train)

Walibi amusement parc (25 min by car or direct train)

Antwerp (50 min direct train)

Antwerp (50 min direct train)

Dinant - city in the French speaking part of Belgium

Dinant - city in the French speaking part of Belgium

Bruges 1h25 direct train

Bruges 1h25 direct train

Belgian coast: 2h direct train

Belgian coast: 2h direct train

Heritage Park Bokrijk

Heritage Park Bokrijk

Wintertime in Leuven heathland in Limburg (1h drive) Nature Preserve Bosland (heathland, dunes and woods - 150km from the sea!) 1h drive university library Leuven medieval market - 15 min walk from our house Unesco World Heritage large beguinage Leuven - 20 min walk Leuven has a solar-train! open air swimming pool - 20 min walk botanical garden of Leuven (oldest in Belgium - 1738) we have plenty of great coffee bars! we have plenty of affordable high quality restaurants and bistro's! world famous: university library of Leuven + climb library tower Provincial domain Leuven - free entrance - 20 min walk lakes at the Provincial domain - 20 min walk for hikers: Doode Bemde Nature Preserve (7 min by train, 20min by car) Planckendael park - great day out for children and parents! 25 min by car or bus Train world - Schaarbeek, 15 min from Leuven by train :) Walibi amusement parc (25 min by car or direct train) Antwerp (50 min direct train) Dinant - city in the French speaking part of Belgium Bruges 1h25 direct train Belgian coast: 2h direct train Heritage Park Bokrijk
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Open for exchange
Exchange dates Duration
October 30, 2021 - November 06, 2021 1

Germany?

December 27, 2021 - January 08, 2022 1

Yiha, traveling to Switzerland, thank you!

February 26, 2022 - March 05, 2022 1

Europe!

April 04, 2022 - April 17, 2022 2 weeks

7 - 14 days. Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, Austria, ... Preference for car or (long distance) train. Welcome in Leuven!

July 11, 2022 - July 22, 2022 1

Settled! We are going to Poland - thank you!

August 01, 2022 - August 14, 2022 1

Settled! We are going to the Alps, thanks!

Open for tentative agreements (taking COVID into account). Green cycling/biking, lovely local food, and cultural heritage in Leuven. Welcome!

** Belgium has a 73% vaccination rate. No sanitary pass is needed for musea, swimming pools, restaurants, trains, etc. A face mask is required at indoor events and on public transport. Our family (except Esra 10yo) is fully vaccinated. **

About our house

° an open plan living area, a fully equipped kitchen, four bedrooms (one kingsize bed, three single beds), office space, bathroom, two toilets, a terrace and a city garden which opens to a playground & a table tennis (we have rackets)
° situated within a 15 min walk of the historical center of Leuven (http://www.visitleuven.be/en). A friendly lady cat that is often inside (not allowed to sleep on the beds, has her own blanket for the sofa). Rabbits in the garden.

We do not have cable television but we do have wifi, a dvd player with dvd's, and board games and toys!

We have a share in an ecological vegetable farm and in a local dairy farm nearby. You can pick up (prepaid) vegetables, cheese and yogurt in our street/next street for free! [between April and November].

° a nice ecological farmers shop is at a 5min walk and a great eco-cooperative is at a 15min walk.
° regular supermarkets at 10min walk, same for baker, butcher, etc

° smoke - shoe free!

ABOUT LEUVEN

° A medieval university city built around the river 'Dijle'
- Unesco World Heritage - beguinages https://www.visitleuven.be/nl/groot-begijnhof
- gothic townhall and cobble stoned car-free market places - www.visitleuven.be/nl/bezienswaardigheden
- 13th century botanical garden
- 12th century city walls with walking paths -
- fine arts museum M - https://www.mleuven.be/en/home
- roman, baroc and gothic churches - https://www.erfgoedcelleuven.be/nl/monumenten-en-sites/kerken
- abbey of the Park, abbey of Vlierbeek, Kaiser's abbey
- great coffee culture (https://mokcoffee.be/)
- micro beer breweries (https://domusleuven.be/en/huisbrouwerij/)
- three weekly markets, and tons of very affordable restaurants (we leave our favourites!)
- brewery bike rides, canoe/kajak/SUP at the Dijle, guided walks - www.leuvenleisure.com/en/
- adventure parc (free entrance) and open air swimming pool - www.vlaamsbrabant.be/vrije-tijd-cultuur/provinciedomeinen/kessello/attracties-en-recreatiemogelijkheden/index.jsp
- swimming paradise and indoor playworld - https://www.sportoase.be/nl/philipssite

GREEN SURROUNDINGS OF LEUVEN:

° wood and forests: Heverleebos, Lindenbos, Chartreuzebos, and Meerdaelwoud - https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meerdaalwoud,_Heverleebos_en_Egenhovenbos
° canal Leuven - Mechelen with biking and walking paths
° Leuven is a bike lover's dream with tons of well signposted cycling routes - compose your own route with the cycle nodes network - www.fietsroute.org/Cycle-Networks.php [we can offer you bikes]
° Leuven has plenty of great walking paths - compose your own track with the walking nodes network - www.wandelknooppunt.be/routeplanner

Watch one of the GR hiking trails in the area! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4z2YBXCwys&feature=youtu.be

° Natural Preservation Area Doode Bemde - www.natuurpunt.be/natuurgebied/doode-bemde
° walking in the vineyards at Houwaert - www.toerismevlaamsbrabant.be/producten/bezoeken/bezienswaardigheden/wijndomein-houwaartse-wijngaard/
° Natural Preservation Area 'Mene-Jordaanvallei' - www.natuurpunt.be/natuurgebied/mene-jordaanvallei
° Natural Preservation Area 'Hagelandse vallei' - www.natuurpunt.be/natuurgebied/hagelandse-vallei

30MIN BY CAR/TRAIN:

° BRUSSELS - https://visit.brussels/en

° MECHELEN - www.mechelen.be

° CASTLES

  • Caslte of Arenberg (10min by car), at the river Dijle, now part of the university campus
  • Castle of Horst (25 min by car), a medieval castle surrounded by water and wood
  • Castle of Meise and Botanical Cardens (35 min by car) - https://www.plantentuinmeise.be/en/
  • Castle of Gaasbeek and Castel of Beersel (50 min by car)

° AMUSEMENT PARK WALIBI - www.walibi.be/en

  • attractions
  • water park Aqualibie (swimming paradise)

1h BY CAR/TRAIN

° ANTWERP - www.visitantwerpen.be/en

  • Historic center with cathedral, renaissance town hall Unesco Heritage, narrow streets, Grand-Place
  • Rubens house - https://www.rubenshuis.be/en
  • Antwerp Zoo - http://www.zooantwerpen.be/en
  • Chocolate Nation
  • Art Nouveau Central Station ranked as one of the most beautiful train stations in the world
  • 12th century Fortress 'Het Steen' at the river Schelde
  • Red Star Line Museum, Contemporary Art Museum, Photo Museum, Home of Diamonds, Fashion Museum,...

° NAMEN, LUIK AND DINANT: CITIES IN THE FRENCH SPEAKING PART OF BELGIUM

° BOKRIJK - www.bokrijk.be/en
* Historal open air museum showing how people lived in Belgium in the middle-ages with actors
* Medieval children games and workshops woodcarving, fire making, etc
* Huge (and free) playground

1H30 or more away

° BRUGES (1h30)
* Venice of the North!

° BELGIAN COAST (2h)

°BELGIAN ARDENNES (south part, close to France, French-speaking, very hilly and rocky) 1h30

ABOUT US

° We are a family who love hiking, good food, sustainable living, coffee bars (Stefaan), reading (all), yoga & pilates (the ladies), playing sax (Noah), dancing (Esra), and sewing (Anna). We lived abroad (Canada & Sweden), and currently enjoy all the pleasures of Leuven - a charming university city nestled in green and close to art cities and the capital.

° We offer you a tidy, clean and welcoming place, a fridge with local goodies and a large box with information.

° Preference for cleanliness and a considerate way in treating belongings. We will take very good care for your house
and are in search for swappers with the same mindset :-).

° Rabbits + Tiby the cuddly tiger cat hope to be feeded. Cat is often indoor but is not allowed on the beds/furniture and has her own blanket on the sofa.

Swap history (Intervac + Homelink)

2012: Waspik (NL)
2013: Vancouver Island (CA), Versailles (FR)
2014: Paris (FR), Dresden (DE)
2016: Boncelles (BE), Helsinki (FI), Freudenstadt (DE), Altensteig (DE), Mariestad (SE)
2017: Bruges (BE), Tecklenburg (DE), Hasselt (BE), Kristinehamn (SE), Berlin (DE), Stockholm (SE)
2018: Paris (FR)
2019: Berlin (DE), Eschbach (DE)
2020: Paris (FR), Hebden Bridge (UK -- cancelled due to COVID)
2021: French Alps (FR -- cancelled due to COVID)

Welcome to Leuven!

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Our Family

  • 2 Adults
  • 3 Children
  • 13 Exchanges made

Occupation

  • university professor (psychology)
  • engineer - math teacher

Our Home

  • House Type: House
  • Floor: 2
  • Environment: In the city
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Sleeping Capacity: 5
  • Living Area: 140 m2

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In my house

  • Pets - Not allowed
  • Small children - Allowed

Exchange Types

  • Home exchange

Indoor

  • Free internet access
  • Central heating
  • Toys and games
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Clothes dryer
  • Guitar

Outdoor

  • Garden
  • Terrace or deck
  • Park / playground
  • Bicycles: 4

Facilities

  • No smoking
  • Pet care wanted

Our Destination Wish List

  • Open for all offers
  • United Kingdom
  • Switzerland
  • Sweden
  • Austria
  • Germany
  • France
  • Belgium

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • Français
  • Dutch

Occupation

  • university professor (psychology)
  • engineer - math teacher

Children

  • Girl - Age: 16
  • Boy - Age: 13
  • Girl - Age: 11

Pets

  • Tiby ("Tibs"), our tiger cat from the rescue shelter
  • 5 rabbits (Lilli, Elsa, Blanca, Bollie & Bobo) in the garden

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