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Leuven, Belgium

Medieval Leuven

Medieval Leuven

Brussels Atomium - you can go inside!

Brussels Atomium - you can go inside!

Leuven carfree streets

Leuven carfree streets

Beguinage Leuven

Beguinage Leuven

medieval market 15min walk from our house

medieval market 15min 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 15 min walk

open air swimming pool 15 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 15 min walk

Provincial domain Leuven free entrance 15 min walk

Provincial domain 15 min walk.

Provincial domain 15 min walk.

lakes at the Provincial domain 15 min walk

lakes at the Provincial domain 15 min walk

Entrance of abbey Keizersberg in Leuven

Entrance of abbey Keizersberg in Leuven

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

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

1000km of cyclepaths: https://www.vlaanderen-fietsland.be/routeplanner

1000km of cyclepaths: https://www.vlaanderen-fietsland.be/routeplanner

cycling in the surroundings of Leuven

cycling in the surroundings of Leuven

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

Planckendael park

Planckendael park

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

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

Gent - 45 min by train

Gent - 45 min by train

Antwerp (50 min direct train)

Antwerp (50 min direct train)

comic station Antwerp -our kids love it!

comic station Antwerp -our kids love it!

comic station: adventure parc at Antwerp station - only 45min direct train

comic station: adventure parc at Antwerp station - only 45min 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

Bruges 1h25 direct train

Bruges 1h25 direct train

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

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

Belgian coast: 2h direct train

Belgian coast: 2h direct train

we have plenty of castles!

we have plenty of castles!

We have 5 rabbits 'Steenkonijn' - an old Flemish breed - in the garden. We regulary have baby-rabbits.

We have 5 rabbits 'Steenkonijn' - an old Flemish breed - in the garden. We regulary have baby-rabbits.

Medieval Leuven Brussels Atomium - you can go inside! Leuven carfree streets Beguinage Leuven medieval market 15min walk from our house Unesco World Heritage large beguinage Leuven 20 min walk Leuven has a solar-train! open air swimming pool 15 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 15 min walk Provincial domain 15 min walk. lakes at the Provincial domain 15 min walk Entrance of abbey Keizersberg in Leuven for hikers: Doode Bemde Nature Preserve (20min by car) 1000km of cyclepaths: https://www.vlaanderen-fietsland.be/routeplanner cycling in the surroundings of Leuven Planckendael park - great day out for children and parents! 25 min by car or bus Planckendael park Train world - Schaarbeek, 15 min from Leuven by train :) Gent - 45 min by train Antwerp (50 min direct train) comic station Antwerp -our kids love it! comic station: adventure parc at Antwerp station - only 45min direct train  Dinant - city in the French speaking part of Belgium Bruges 1h25 direct train Bruges 1h25 direct train Walibi amusement parc (25 min by car or direct train) Belgian coast: 2h direct train we have plenty of castles! We have 5 rabbits 'Steenkonijn' - an old Flemish breed - in the garden. We regulary have baby-rabbits.
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Open for exchange
Exchange dates Duration
December 27, 2019 - May 30, 2020 1

Open for non-sim during Spring holiday in February (our house is available). Open for long weekends not too far away (Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Germany). Feel free to contact us! We quickly reply :-).

April 04, 2020 - April 18, 2020 1 weeks

Preference for a train destination (or train and bus :-)). We would love to visit Vienna (In January, there will start a Nightjet Highspeed train running from Brussels directly to Vienna), Salzburg, Paris, Rome, London (or larger surroundings), and we are always interested in Germany (we love the Black Forest, Berlin, ...), or France. Or just surprise us!

July 15, 2020 - August 19, 2020 2 weeks

Europe - preference for Northern-Western-Eastern Europe. Our favorites: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark. Or just surprise us! We are already sure about the timing of our holiday in August (1st until the 19th or maybe even 22nd if more suitable). We hope to have a one week swap mid-July - not too far away - but are unsure of the timing. We love traveling by train (and do not mind to walk, cycle, or take the bus to go around!) :-) or by car.

Leuven: a hidden gem + easy access to Bruges, Brussels, and Paris!

In search for Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, or Germany for summer 2020!

14 minutes from Brussels Airport (billiga priser från Stockholm Bromma/Göteborg till Bryssel)
20 minutes from Brussels South or Liege Guillemins (ICE trains, Austrian Nightjet, Thalys trains)

Enjoy medieval architecture at your doorstep and have easy access to other great cities like Bruges, Antwerp and Brussels! Or make easy daytrips to Amsterdam or Paris!

About our house

° situated within a 15 min walk of the historical center of Leuven (http://www.visitleuven.be/en)
° in a vibrant upcoming area 'Hal5' https://www.leuven.be/hal5 and an ecological and local foodhall in 2 minutes walk
http://www.thefoodhub.be/

° 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)

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

° smoke - shoe - pet free!

About Leuven

° An ancient old university city, Unesco World Heritage (beguinages https://www.visitleuven.be/nl/groot-begijnhof), gothic townhall , cobble stoned markets, silent abbeys, medieval heritage, 13th century botanical garden, fine arts museum, ... - all within walking distance. https://www.visitleuven.be/nl/bezienswaardigheden

° But also a vibrant young city with a great coffee culture (https://mokcoffee.be/), micro beer breweries (https://domusleuven.be/en/huisbrouwerij/), free cultural or food events (http://www.visitleuven.be/en/events), ...
° Three weekly markets, and tons of very affordable restaurants (we leave our favourites!).
° Adventure parc (free entrance), in-door playgarden, and swimming paradise. http://www.vlaamsbrabant.be/vrije-tijd-cultuur/provinciedomeinen/kessello/attracties-en-recreatiemogelijkheden/index.jsp

About the surroundings

° Close to medieval gems like Antwerp (1h - http://www.visitantwerpen.be/en), Brussels (20 min), Bruges (1h25 - https://www.visitbruges.be/) or even Paris (1h45). The train is a 10 min walk from our house and brings you very convenient to every city in Belgium. No car needed! Children (<12) travel for free on train within Belgium.
° The animal and adventure parc Planckendael, The Antwerp Zoo (http://www.zooantwerpen.be/en), Natural History Museum, Fine Arts Museum Brussels (https://www.fine-arts-museum.be/en), caves in the Ardennes, Chocolade Museum, Comic station (https://www.comicsstation.be/), Fries Museum, Train World, beautiful Bokrijk (http://www.bokrijk.be/en), ...

About us

° We are a family who love hiking, good food, sustainable living, coffee bars, reading, playing cello, violin and sax, gardening. We lived abroad (Canada & Sweden), and currently enjoy all the pleasures of Leuven
° 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 :-).
° Due to allergy: no dogs or heavy carpets.
° Rabbits hope to be feeded. If this is problematic, let us know so that we can provide a solution.
° From May until December: weekly fresh ecological vegetable package for 5 persons delivered in our street (we have a prepaid membership and you can use it for free if you want to).

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)

Welcome to Leuven!

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Our Family

  • 2 Adults
  • 3 Children
  • 12 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

  • Non-simultaneous exchange
  • 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
  • Switzerland
  • Sweden
  • Austria
  • Germany
  • Norway
  • France
  • Denmark
  • Netherlands
  • Belgium

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • Français
  • Dutch

Occupation

  • university professor (psychology)
  • engineer - math teacher

Children

  • Girl - Age: 14
  • Boy - Age: 11
  • Girl - Age: 9

Pets

  • 5 rabbits (Lilli, Elsa, Blanca, Bollie & Bobo) in the garden

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