If you look at a map of Belgium, it would seem that Belgium's capital of Brussels
dominates the province of Vlaams-Brabant (Flemish Brabant in English) -- however, Brussels is officially an independent entity, and not a part of the province which surrounds it on all sides, so Vlaams-Brabant has a large hole carved out of its center. The provincial capital of Vlaams-Brabant is not Brussels, it is the university town of Leuven
. The area around Brussels is heavily urbanised. To its northeast lie the gentle rolling hills of the Hageland
. In the southeast, the Hageland gives way to the farming region of the Haspengouw
. In the southwest are the plateaus of the Pajottenland
. The Ijse River
rises near Brussels and flows through Leuven on its way north.