Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, the only city with two urban centres

  • Architectural heritage
  • Walking or hiking

Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve's fully pedestrian centre make it unique in the world. Built in the 1970s, just 30 minutes from Brussels, it also is the youngest Belgian city, marking quite a contrast with its urban architecture and the major space given to nature. This called for an extra-ordinary visit: you can learn its many secrets by reading the QR codes around town.

Other particularity: Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve actually has two urban centres. Home town of the Catholic University of Louvain, Ottignies was enriched with a newer side, Louvain-la-Neuve, adding to its rich cultural and touristic heritage. The latter blends perfectly in the landscape. It seemed natural to make it fully pedestrian, offering a friendly, welcoming village atmosphere with all the comfort a city can offer.

The QR Code trail

Download the QR code app on your smartphone or tablet and start exploring! There is much to see in the town - the Hergé museum, the L Museum (a university museum), art pieces at the corner of many streets, parks perfect for a relaxing stroll... Simply click on the icons on the app to be directed to the location and received information on the place, artist, story...


Urban visits

  • Classical visit "Discovering the new part of the city" (2h)
  • Themed visit "Art in the city" (2h)
  • Themed visit "Kosmopolit Art Tour" (2h, in French only)

Nature walks

  •  Lauzelle forest or Louvain-la-Neuve lake (1h30-2h, in French only)

Louvain-La-Neuve off the beaten paths

  • The Jean Vilar theatre: behind the stage (1h, in French only)
  • The thoughts of a lonely wandered (1h30, in French only)

Louvain-La-Neuve on the gourmet side

  • Guided tour with 4 steps - apéritif, starter, main, dessert. (4h, in French, Dutch or English)
  • The "Brasse-Temps" microbrewery (40 mn, 10 persons min., in French or English)



from € 5 to € 40
from € 3 to € 32
The price depends on the activity chosen. Free for children under 7 except for the gourmet trail (25 Euros) and the Thoughts of a lonely wanderer (5 Euros)

Information on the walk


Minimum duration1:30
Maximum duration4:00



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The information provided is an indication only. We advise you to inquire directly with the organisers of the event that interests you before you leave.