Things to do on a rainy day in Leuven

Belgium is known for having quite a few rainy days, but that shouldn’t stop you from visiting! There are plenty of fun activities to do in Leuven when it’s raining. So pack your raincoat, grab an umbrella, and check out what Leuven has to offer!

Rebecca Rose Poulsen
22 January 2024

1. Catch a film at Cinema ZED

Located in the center of Leuven, art cinema Cinema ZED is the perfect place to see a movie. Check out what movies are showing and grab your tickets, kick back, relax, and enjoy a film!

Cinema ZED • Andreas Vesaliusstraat 9C & Naamsestraat 96, 3000 Leuven

2. Stella Artois Brewery Tour

Have you ever wondered what beer tastes like in its purest form? Now you can try for yourself during a Stella Artois tour. You can reserve a Stella Artois Brewery tour for just 12 euros which includes the visit, tasting, and a gift. Tours are only offered on Saturdays, so be sure to book your spot in advance. Discover more beer at the local, artisanal breweries in and around Leuven.

Brewery Stella Artois • Aarschotsesteenweg 20, 3000 Leuven

3. Experience the university

Without the doubt, the most known university building of Leuven is the University Library. The history of this building will surely surprise you! A great way to experience it is to book a tour and download the Heritage App for an audio guide on your phone to learn more about the library. With the tour, you’ll gain access to the main library and the carillon bell tower. Even if it is raining, climbing the steps to the bell tower and stepping out on the terrace is worth it for a grand 360 view of the city. Want to visit more university buildings? Join a KU Leuven heritage tour on Sunday morning.

University Library • Monseigneur Ladeuzeplein 21, 3000 Leuven

4. Masterpieces in Saint Peter's Church

Thanks to new technology, visitors of St. Peter’s Church can experience the church in a whole new way, a 3D way! Rent a tablet to discover the history of this church and the paintings inside. If you’d prefer experiencing the church in a more traditional way, a visitor guide is available.

Saint Peter's Church • Grote Markt, 3000 Leuven

5. Visit museum M Leuven

What better rainy day activity than a visit to a museum? Museum M Leuven offers a wide variety of old and new art with rotating exhibits for visitors to enjoy. Audio guides are available for a more in depth experience. Visitors will also be rewarded with a lovely rooftop view with their ticket. Finish your visit to the museum with a lovely cup of coffee at Barboek in M.

M Leuven • Leopold Vanderkelenstraat 28, 3000 Leuven

6. Town Hall Tour

The historic Leuven town hall is one of the most beloved buildings in the city. The rich history and beautiful architecture does not disappoint. Touring the inside of the Town Hall is the perfect rainy day activity. Possible every day at 15:00. We recommend booking your tour in advance to ensure you get your spot.

Town Hall • Grote Markt, 3000 Leuven

7. 30CC Performances

30CC is a great place to visit for those interested in plays, comedy shows, and music performances. This activity is perfect for families, couples, and solo travelers alike. The program is always changing so be sure to check who’s performing and grab your tickets!

30CC • Various locations, 3000 Leuven

Extra tip!

Leuven is known for its innovative beers. Everywhere you go, you’ll find a bar or cafe serving local Leuven beer. Need inspiration on where to go? Check out these spots suggested by Leuven locals.

A lie-in while the rain is gently ticking against your window is also an option, of course. Pick a cosy hotel or B&B.