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Ottignies - Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium)

Bois des rêves at OttiginiesWelcome to Ottiginies-Louvain-la-Neuve

Ottignies-Louvain-La-Neuve is a destination like no other. A welcoming and cultural city, it offers great shopping and a vibrant, student-friendly atmosphere.  Since 2006 it has also been a 'Handycity', underlining its commitment to accessibility for handicapped people. Louvain-la-Neuve bubbles with life and activity, offering country charm combined with urban advantages thanks to its accessibility, museums, theatres, shops and sports centre. This is not to mention the friendliness of its markets, pedestrianised streets and green trails.

This destination has a rich cultural life, which is why it was named ‘Cultural Cluster of Walloon Brabant’. The Jean Vilar Theatre, Cultural Centre, Bierau Farm, and Aula Magna put on more than 80 premieres and other shows each year. Barely a day goes by without a talk, show or concert to attend. And not to mention all the events that fill the streets and squares, including festivals, folk holidays and colourful student ‘traditions’, such as the 24-hour bicycle race, or the Christmas market.

Accessibility

Louvain-la-Neuve, was designed and built with the idea of making the city accessible to all: the town centre is entirely pedestrianised and the city has an approach to accessibility and mobility that takes everyone into account, whatever their age or disability. This policy is ongoing, and each year a budget is earmarked for improving the city's accessibility: refurbishing city-centre pavements; gradually removing inappropriate drop kerbs; ensuring that buildings provide disabled access; adding access ramps to certain buildings...

The tourist office offers activities and walks which are open to senior citizens, children, families and people with disabilities. The museums offer activities open to various groups, e.g., children and the visually impaired, without forgetting site accessibility for people with reduced mobility and children in pushchairs.

A selection of marked walks welcome "families with children in prams" and people with reduced mobility. A Joelette off-road wheelchair enables PRMs to take part in other walks.

Sightseeing tips

  • Go on one of the many guided theme tours and discover Louvain-La-Neuve, a new pedestrian city where architects’ dreams and works of art come together;
  • Follow one of the marked walks, suitable for families and persons with reduced mobility;
  • Spend a day relaxing (beach, swimming pool, playground, fishponds, woods, discovery trails, etc.) or working out at the Bois des Rêves Provincial Estate (health course, mountain bike trail, walks, etc.);
  • Visit the Louvain-la-Neuve Museum to discover art through the civilisations and eras. Or explore the Hergé Museum to learn about the world of the master of "clear line" comics in a journey through Hergé’s life and works.
Last update: 14/01/2014 | Top