Venue Information for HoTT/UF 2024 and EPN-WG6 2024

Venue Information for HoTT/UF 2024 and EPN-WG6 2024

are scheduled to take place:

Date: Apr 2-5, 2024
Place: Leuven, Belgium
Venue: Dept. of Computer Science
Celestijnenlaan 200A
3001 Heverlee (Leuven)
Map - Access guide - Parking
Talks: Auditorium Erik Duval, 200A.00.225
Collaborative room: Seminar room 200A.00.144

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Belgium

Belgium is an EU and Schengen country, and the currency is the euro (EUR/€).

The national languages are Dutch, French and German. Leuven is officially a monolingually Dutch-speaking city. Most Belgians have a fairly good command of the English language.

Emergency number: 112
Country calling code: +32
Electricity: ~230V, power outlet of type C/E (compatible with F) - Wikipedia

Getting to Leuven

By train

NMBS train planners: domestic trains - international train connections.
In practice Deutsche Bahn may be best aware of train connections anywhere in Europe (without necessarily being able to book them).

Leuven/Louvain railway station has direct connections to:

Note: Railway announcements in Belgium are made in the language of wherever you are (this even holds within a moving train!), and place names are translated. Note that the French name for Leuven is Louvain, but Louvain-la-Neuve is an entirely different place.

Heverlee railway station is not very well connected, nor is it very helpful to get to the Arenberg campus.

By car

Just drive to Leuven. Note that Belgium has severe traffic congestions, especially towards Brussels and Antwerp in the morning and in opposite direction in the evening.
Note: Road signs are in the language of wherever you are, and place names are translated. Note that the French name for Leuven is Louvain, but Louvain-la-Neuve is an entirely different place.

See below for parking information.

By plane

Some nearby airports that are easily reachable by train are Brussels-Airport (BRU), Paris Charles-de-Gaulle (CDG), Frankfurt am Main (FRA), Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS).

Note that Brussels-South Charleroi Airport (CRL) is not at all in Brussels and does not have a railway station. It is however connected to the railway stations of Brussels-South/Zuid/Midi, Charleroi-Central and Fleurus by shuttle bus and public bus (operated by TEC). Each of these railway stations has direct trains to Leuven; Charleroi and Fleurus also to Heverlee.

Local transport in Leuven

Bike

By far the easiest mode of local transport in Leuven is the bike, especially since the Arenberg science campuses are located outside of the city center.

Note: Conflict-free crossroads are the exception in Belgium. So even if you have a green light for cyclists, beware of cars turning left or right, although they should yield.

Walk

You'll rarely have to walk more than a few kilometers, so it's a serious option if you like walking.

Bus

Public buses in Flanders are served by De Lijn.

Tickets can be bought via their app (official versions only iOS and Google Play Store), or at a vending machine or partnered store.

Relevant bus stops are Heverlee Celestijnenlaan (in front of the campus) and Heverlee Campus Arenberg (in front of the CS building).
The city center's bus hub is Rector De Somerplein (which is spread over Rector De Somerplein, Margarethaplein and Grote Markt).

Car

The car is not an efficient means of transport in the city centre (within the ring road) or in Kessel-Lo. The traffic flow is usually relatively good on the ring road (especially the North-West side), Koning Boudewijnlaan and Celestijnenlaan.

Parking

At the venue: An access code to the parking tower Parking Kapeldreef directly beside the CS building will be made available.

In general: Parking finder - Map of paid parking zones

Food & drinks

Tipping in Belgium is considered an expression of exceptional appreciation.

Near the Venue

Quick lunch: Restaurants:

City Centre

There are many restaurants and take away places all over the city centre. Particular concentrations can be found at Muntstraat/Tiensestraat/Eikstraat/Hogeschoolplein/Alfons Smetsplein and Parijsstraat.

Cafés are concentrated at Oude Markt and Parijsstraat.

Heverlee Railway Station

There are a couple of restaurants around the railway station of Heverlee:
Wok Dynasty - Mama Wong - Hinata - Siam - Via Via - Khin - Het Seinhuis

Groceries

Few grocery stores and very few non-grocery stores are open on Sunday and Easter Monday (Apr 1, 2024). Monday is another popular closing day for non-grocery shops. Two grocery stores with atypical opening hours not far from the venue are Carrefour Express Heverlee and AD Delhaize Terbank.

Accommodation

Here we list some possible options, but feel free to use a search engine or booking platform instead. There is also a booking tool by the city administration's tourist office.

Hostel

Hotel

Tourism and Activities

Leuven

Sports

With a 5€ day ticket, you can make use of most of the KU Leuven sport facilities.

Belgium

From Leuven, it is easy to take the train to destinations such as Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp, Brussels, Mechelen, Liège, Namur, the Ardennes ..., as well as the 60km-long highly urbanized Belgian Coastline (De Panne, Oostende, Blankenberge, Heist-Duinbergen-Knokke). Some nature on the coastline can be found in Het Zwin near Knokke and in the surroundings of De Panne.

Local Organizer

Andreas Nuyts - firstname dot lastname at kuleuven dot be
See the web pages of the associated events (HoTT/UF - EPN-WG6) for the other organizers.