Thursday, July 30, 2015


My visiting fellowship was at the Universitaire Gasthuisberg Leuven, Belgium but I was booked in Brussels so I have to go through Leuven Station daily... a stark contrast from Vilvoorde Station.

From Wikipedia: 
Leuven is the main railway station in the Belgian city of Leuven, in Flemish Brabant. The station is operated by the national railway company NMBS and is located on railway line 36.
In 2007 it was the fifth busiest station in Belgium, only preceded by the three main Brussels stations and Gent-Sint-Pieters railway station.
The station recently underwent extensive and costly renovations lasting several years. The station square houses a major bus terminal as well as extensive bicycle parking and car parking. The station includes a tunnel which passes underneath the station for pedestrians as well as an overhead bridge with elevators. The station is fully accessible for wheelchairs.


If in case, it is already 10 p.m., the station closes and these were my learnings:
1) Go out of the station office since they close the doors. I wanted to go in to buy a ticket through the counter and I later found out, there were a few people who just got out of the station ticket office since they were locked in there for a while.
2) You can only get a ticket through the ticket machine. Since it needed their credit card plus I wasn't sure of it was in Dutch, then that was definitely a problem. Fortunately, there was a young lady who obliged to get my money and she would be the one to get the thicket from the machine.

From the Rail Station, I had to ride the bus to UZ Leuven.
The bus station is just beside the rail station.
The bus station 

The buses as they pass by UZ Leuven

The bus schedules at UZ Leuven: I usually take the Bus 600 and Bus 316 to Leuven Station

Inside the bus

The view of UZ Leuven from the bus just before entering the Hospital Complex. 
Leuven Station is a safe and modern rail station.

Leuven is a beautiful and historical place!


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