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Federation of European Carnaval Cities

Belgium, Leuven: Dies Natalis September 16-18 2016

Click here for registration: Registration form Dies Natalis 2016

Hotel in Leuven:

Conveniently located near city center and Central Station. This contemporary Leuven hotel sits within walking distance to the city center and just steps away from Central Station. Combining a sleek, comfortable design with modern convenience, all 133 colorful rooms feature Wireless High-speed Internet, individual climate control, and flat-screen LCD televisions. This hotel in Leuven provides guests complimentary access to the fitness center and a well-equipped business center.
Great Market is located within a 10-minute walk from this Leuven hotel. Cross a short pedestrian bridge to reach Central Station, which provides a 15-minute commute to Brussels International Airport. All 133 vibrant rooms include coffee and tea provisions. Indoor public parking facilities are available nearby the hotel (for a fee).


The earliest mention of Leuven is from 891, when a Viking army was defeated by the Frankish king Arnulf of Carinthia. According to legend, the city’s red and white arms depict the blood-stained shores of the river Dyle after this battle. Situated beside this river, and near to the stronghold of the Dukes of Brabant, Leuven became the most important center of trade in the duchy between the 11th and 14th centuries. A token of its former importance as a center of cloth manufacture is shown in that ordinary linen cloth is known in late-14th-century and 15th-century texts as lewyn (other spellings: Leuwyn, Levyne, Lewan(e), Lovanium, Louvain). In the 15th century a new golden era began with the founding of what is now the largest and oldest university in the Low Countries, the Catholic University of Leuven, in 1425. In the 18th century Leuven grown in importance thanks to the brewery Interbrew and then became InBev. the largest brewing company in the world in liters brewed. The Stella Artois brewery, owned by InBev dominates with its large offices throughout the northeast of the city, between the railway station and the canal to Mechelen.


Friday 16 September 2016:

Arrival: Arrival of the participants on the aerodrome of Brussels Zaventem or to the hotel in Leuven. You will be welcomed in Brussels Zaventem with a panel (sign) FECC. A ticket of train will be put back(handed) to you for Leuven. The station is in the basement of the aerodrome, the route Brussels Zaventem Leuven sets +/- 15 min. You will be expected on the quay (platform) of the station. The hotel is situated at the end of the footbridge of the station. Trains are available several times per hour.

19h: dinner. (dress code: casual)

A bus will bring you for dinner to “Gilde Zaal” kortijk-Dussel. A second bus will bring late arrivals.

Dinner + Music.

Saturday 17 September 2016:

7h30 – 9h30: Breakfast. Dress (FECC)

10h Guided tour of Leuven. Starting from the hotel, a little train will bring us around Leuven, after the visit the train deposits us in the surrounding environment of the restaurant.

12h: Dinner.

13h30: Guided by official guides we will visit the historical center of the city of Leuven.

15h: We dress Fonske

16h: Reception of the City Hall

17h: Free for shopping.

19h: A bus picks you up at the hotel for the Gala dinner. (Dress: Gala or FECC)

Sunday 18 September 2016:

Breakfast and departure.


Park Inn by Radisson Leuven Hotel. Martelarelaan 36. B 3010 Leuven Belgium

Tel: +32 16 61 66 00.

The Hotel just at the end of the platform at the end of Central station of Leuven.


A. Dies Natalis before 01.08.16: double room: 230€ pp.

B. After 01.08.16: 250€.

C. Non-member before 01.08.16: 270€.

D. Non-member after 01.08.16: 290€.

E. Single: +60€.

Additional nights:

F. Before 16.09.16: 157€ pro room in double, 147€ for single.

G. After 18.09.16: 81€ pro room in double, 71€ for single.

H. Only openings dinner: 30€.

I. Only visit s and dinner: 45€.

J. Only closing dinner: 50€.

K. Program without Hotel: 125€.

Contact Information:

President: HENRICKX GUIDO Eikenboslaan, 26

3010 Kessel-Lo Tel & Fax: 0032.

Email: hendrickx.guido.annie@skynet.be

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