The city has a long and fascinating history, being probably founded in the 9th century. It is particularly imprtante due to its location on the Dyle and near Brussels. Much of the city was demolished and burned by the German invasion during World War II and was damaged again during the Second World War. The historic center, however, was preserved and historic buildings such as the University Library have been restored, partly with foreign funds. Leuven is located just east of Brussels (20 km). It is the capital of the province of Flemish Brabant in Belgium. Its main industries are technology and beer. Major companies have their seats in Leuven as social InBev and Imec. Leuven contains two World Heritage sites by UNESCO, the Grand Beguinage part of the Flemish Beguinage and the Belfry on St. Peter’s Church is part of the Belfries of Belgium and France. The buildings of the University and the historic center are also on Belgium’s list for possible reconaissance as world heritage. Brussels Airport (Zaventem) is located 33 km from Leuven and is easily accessible by train. There is a train the sense of departure every 30 minutes from Leuven to the airport 5:27 to 11:07 p.m.. The train ride takes about 16 minutes. Leuven is easily accessible by car, bus and train. By train Leuven is 20 minutes from Brussels, 45 minutes from Antwerp, 50 minutes from Liege, an hour and a half from the Belgian coast and two to three hours cities such as Düsseldorf, Paris, Amsterdam, Calais, etc. . In Leuven the buses of the transport company De Lijn are readily available at any point of the city.