Introduction

The youngest city in Belgium was created in the early 1970s when the Francophone university faculties split with Leuven and set up camp(us) near Ottignies in the French-speaking part of Brabant. Much of life revolves around collegiate life – indeed the entire town belongs to the university – though its brick pedestrian lanes, forested fringes and master-planned design make for an intriguing wander. The chief draw is the architecturally stunning Musée Hergé, dedicated to the famed creator of Tintin.