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.
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.
“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.