Famous among locals, the Fonske is a fountain statue located on the Fochplein in Leuven. The Fonske is a monument that should be at the top of your sightseeing list when visiting. The statue makes for an interesting meeting with the traditions and history of the city. If you’re looking for a hotel to take in all the cultural sights and attractions Leuven has to offer, including the Fonske and Museum M
, our Park Inn by Radisson Leuven Hotel is the perfect choice. From your comfortable hotel room you can walk over to greet the famous Fonske in a mere 15 minutes.
History of the Fonske fountain statue
Fonske’s full name is Fons Sapientiae, meaning Fountain of Wisdom in Latin, and the statue depicts a student holding an open book with one hand and a mug of water in the other. He seemingly pours water into his open head, and interpretations differ as to whether the water represents wisdom, beer, or both. The monument was erected in 1975 as part of the 550th anniversary of the Catholic University, known as KU Leuven. Fonske often gets dressed up in costumes by students during celebrations, which is a great sight while visiting this energetic and lively university city.
Sightseeing in Leuven
When visiting Leuven during holidays or special events, chances are that Fonske will be dressed up in some sort of outfit to celebrate. This is a popular tradition, often upheld by both university students and locals alike.
Fonske is just one of many exciting attractions in the city. Head over to the Great Beguinage
to visit a ‘city within the city’ and UNESCO World Heritage Site, or experience the magnificent works of Flemish masters at the majestic Museum M. If you’re a beer lover you can stop by the annual Zythos Beer Festival
at Brabanthal or get a behind the scenes look at famous Belgian brews at the Stella Artois Brewery