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Lake
Location type: Lake
Location address: Oud-Heverlee
Number of texts: 3
3 stars
Made by Kenny Turman

In the early 17th century, the current “Zoete Waters” or Sweet Waters was a large swamp. Around that time excavation began on dams, forming the water into ponds which allowed for the water levels to be controlled. The inhabitants of Louvain came in the 1900s here to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. When the name Sweet Waters formed is not clear but one of the earliest uses can be found in a book written by Ernest Claes.  Ernest knew the area well, because in his book “Leuven, o Schone Dagen” he tells about a visit he rather enjoyed.  From 1932 an amusement park was expanded to ,meet the Sweet Waters . An important part of it was a wooden velodrome , where former world champion Poeske Scheerens occasionally came to train.

This location is also excellent place to enjoy a meal or one of the region’s sparkling wines at the many taverns and restaurants that border the lakes.  Cheers!

Linked themes: Geography, History

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Made by Kenny Turman

In the early 17th century, the current “Zoete Waters” or Sweet Waters was a large swamp. Around that time the Duke of Arenberg ordered excavation to begin, forming the water into ponds which allowed for the water levels to be controlled. The inhabitants of Louvain came in the 1900s here to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. The total length of the ponds is more than 1 kilometer .

The first pond, along the Waversebaan called the Mill Pond . The current bar ” The Mill ” was the former watermill. This pond was appointed as teaching pond. The second pond is called the Pond House . The third pond or the Hart Pond is now used as a fish pond. The fourth pond called Geert Pond , of the fifth and final pond separated by Maurice Noëstraat .

The recreational park located in the area is free during the months of July and August.

This location is also excellent place to enjoy a meal or one of the region’s sparkling wines at the many taverns and restaurants that border the lakes.  Cheers!

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Made by Kenny Turman

Here locals come laden with empty bottles to fill at the Spring - its waters are cool and clean;  a refreshing drink after a long walk!

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