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 Thermotechnical Institute, Kasteelpark Arenberg 41, 3001 Heverlee   

Building number: 337-01

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Venue address:

Thermotechnical Institute

Kasteelpark Arenberg 41
3001 Heverlee

Building number: 337-01

The Thermotechnical Institute is located on the Arenberg campus of the KU Leuven, located just outside the city centre.

Parking is available next to the department of Mechanical Engineering, on the right-hand side, just after the large gears statue.

The Thermotechnical Institute was established under the Special Schools of the University of Leuven, which from 1864 to 1961 provided the education of countless engineers within the Faculty of Science. Afterwards, these Special Schools became an independent faculty, which today continues to operate as the Faculty of Engineering.

The current Thermotechnical Institute was built between 1926 and 1931 by architect Emile Goethals, together with the Institute for Industrial Chemistry and Metallurgy (which today houses the Department of Materials Science). The Thermotechnical Institute was to provide a location for giving laboratories for mechanical engineering, electricity and thermal machines to the then engineering students. Over the years, the Institute has built up an impressive collection of steam engines and turbines, combustion and jet engines, as well as electrical machines. 


By car from Brussels, Luik (Liège/Luttich) or Aken (Aix-la-Chapelle/Aachen) via E40. Leave the E40 highway Brussels-Leuven-Luik at the exit “Leuven-E314” (A2). Leave the E314 immediately, at the exit nr. 15, “Leuven”, and turn right at the third traffic lights at the large imec tower. You are now in the Celestijnenlaan, and will soon find yourself driving through the Arenberg campus. The Thermotechnical institute is located on the left-hand side after 500 meters, just across the bridge over the river Dijle. Parking is available next to the department of Mechanical Engineering, on the right-hand side, just after the large gears statue.

By car from Hasselt or Aken (Aix-la-Chapelle/Aachen) via E314/A2. Leave the E314/A2 highway at the exit nr. 15. The rest of the travel is explained above.

By public transport. Leuven can easily be reached by train. Each hour, two direct trains run between the airport and the railway station in Leuven, in both directions; the journey takes 15 minutes. There are also at least two direct trains between Brussels and Leuven every hour in each direction, taking about 25 minutes. Direct connections also exist with Antwerp, Mechelen, Aarschot, Hasselt, Luik/Liège and Tongeren.

From the railway station in Leuven, it’s about ten minutes by taxi to reach the Arenberg campus, and about 25 minutes by bus (line 2, direction Campus, or line 616, direction Zaventem). Get off the bus at “Campus Arenberg II”. You can also use the BlueBike bike share service, available at the station. The ride by bicycle to the campus takes about 20 minutes.

By air. Brussels National Airport (“Zaventem”) lies between Brussels and Leuven, close to the E40 highway. It’s about 15 minutes by taxi (cost: about 60 EUR). The airport has a direct train connection to Leuven (twice per hour), which takes about 15 minutes.

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A selection of hotels in Leuven






Tel No.




Distance to Meeting Venue
 (by car)

The Lodge Heverlee

Kantineplein 3, 3001 Heverlee, Belgium+32 16 50 95 09Webpage link220 meters

Begijnhof Hotel

Tervuursevest 70, 3000 Leuven, Belgium+32 16 29 10 10Webpage link2.3 Kilometres

Martins Klooster

Onze-Lieve-Vrouwstraat 18, Leuven 3000, Belgium+32 16 21 31 41Webpage link3.1 Kilometres
Park Inn by RadissonMartelarenlaan 36, Leuven 3010, Belgium+32 16 61 66 00Webpage link6.6 Kilometres
Novotel LeuvenVuurkruisenlaan 4, 3000 Leuven, Belgium+32 16 21 32 00Webpage link5.8 Kilometres

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