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The city and its university

One city, two urban centers

Located in the heart of the young Walloon province of Brabant, Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve is a unique town, made up of two urban centers with very different origins and characteristics.  

Originally a rural community, Ottignies would be used to accommodate the Francophone section of the Catholic University of Louvain. Thus, in 1971, not just a university site was created, but a whole new town in East Ottiginies, Louvain-la-Neuve. 

Pedestrian, multicultural, friendly…

The cultural center of Brabant Walloon, Ottiginies-Louvain-la-Neuve is always bustling with life and projects.  It offers the charm of the countryside with the advantages of a city with its accessibility, museums, theater, concert halls, shops…as well as the user-friendy open-air markets, pedestrian streets, and signposted trails.

There are also local fairs, student events, the Walloon festivities, the  “Ebullition” Summer Games Festival, Louvain-the Beach, African Night, Halloween, the 24 hour bike ride, music festivals, and much more.

Check out our agenda (in french) to find out what’s going on in Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve now. 

A listed heritage

“Old stone” enthusiasts can stroll the old communities.  A 16th century castle and 17th century church in Ottignies, a magnificent Roman church with an exceptional crypt in Mousty, and a 12th century dungeon in Céroux are among the highlights to visit.

Hobbies and leisure

The town has dozens of restaurants for all tastes and budgets.  Practically all sports are practiced in the three sports centers and hot spring enthusiasts will find two of them there.  

Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve: a town that moves and breathes; a green town where life is good.  Come discover it today!