I am looking for hilly areas in Leuven (with small hills). Google shows Gasthuisberg, but I hope and believe there are more, as I see hilly terrains from Google maps. Can somebody who has been in this region provide more?
There are small hills near the built-up area of Leuven, including inside the municipal area, and the built-up area is not entirely flat either. You can find slopes steep enough for a sledge (in case it ever becomes winter again) or to need brakes going down or gears going up by bike. By standards of the Dutch speaking part of the Low Countries¹, it doesn't get much hillier than this outside the Ardennes or the coastal dunes. The Leuven town centre is at an elevation of less than 30 metre, and there are hills less than 10 km away which reach over 100 metre elevation, with several more between 80 and 100 metre.
Some examples of hills located in or near Leuven:
Kesselberg area, 4 km from central Leuven. View from Kesselberg:
Source: bvlg blog, all rights reserved.
Stairs going up/down Kesselberg:
Source: mon plaisir, Wikiloc
- The Tomberg is a 103 metre high hill in the Meerdaalwoud just south of Leuven, 9 km from the town centre and quite close to the edge of town. Leuven itself is below 50 metre elevation, so this is clearly a significant¹ hill.
- Zwanenberg, 82 metre, 6 km west from train station
- Steenhoven, around 80 metre, 6 km east from train station
- Lastberg, around 100 metre, around 8 km east from train station
You can find more by browsing Opentopomap, or by searching overpass-turbo for
natural=peak. Here are hills as mapped on Openstreetmap marked against an Openstreetmap rendering (interestingly, Kesselberg is missing here):
¹As defined by being able to tell the difference in which direction you're cycling, even in the absence of wind.