Located in Belgium’s Flanders region, Ghent is sprinkled with enchanting medieval architecture, fine art museums and cosy restaurants serving Flemish cuisine. The city is also a prime spot for day trips, being just an hour’s drive from Bruges and Brussels.
Ghent’s centuries-old architecture offers dazzling facades at almost every turn. You can walk around the medieval port of Graslei, the Castle of Counts and the Great Butcher’s Hall, or take a scenic canal cruise along the River Leie to see the sights from the water. Head to the 14th-century Belfry tower and you can enjoy panoramic views over the city from the upper gallery. It’s also worth venturing inside St. Bavo’s Cathedral to witness the incredible altarpiece known as ‘The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb’.
To explore Ghent’s medieval past, wander through the Arms Museum and the Museum of Judicial Objects – both housed within the 12th-century Gravenseen castle. Art lovers will feel in their element at the Museum of Fine Arts, which exhibits over 600 works dating from the 14th to the 20th centuries. For a more modern affair, the S.M.A.K. museum features contemporary pieces by the likes of Francis Bacon and Andy Warhol.
As you stroll through Ghent’s pretty city centre, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to try Flemish classics such as waffles, fries and stoverij – a beef (or pork) and onion stew made with dark beer. Other local specialities include mussels and a creamy fish or chicken soup known as ‘waterzooi’.
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|Most popular time to visit||October-December|
|Cheapest time to visit||January-March|
|Local currency||€ 1 = $1.05|
|Average weekend price||$131 per night|
|Average weekday price||$133 per night|
|Average stay||1 night|
Is very nice town ,full with young people which give different atmosphere of the town ,very cozy pubs and restaurants ,good places where you can spent time with nice beautiful people ,clean and tidy town ,I was really impress
A perfect place blended with cultures and natures! Highly recommend the boat tour and it's not only a great deal but also an amazing way to get to know and see more about Ghent. People here are also friendly, which makes this city even more lovely!
Visit to St. Bafos Cathedral to see the "Adoration of the Lamb" altarpiece by the Van Eyck brothers. The tour with Virtual Reality should not be missed. Brits know a thing or two about beer but Belgium and Ghent in particular are Premier League with about as many beers as there are bars and I've not had a bad pint or 50cl yet! Fancy a budget lunch? The Soup Lounge won't win prizes for design or ambience but gives a choice of 4 delicious soups with crusty roll and piece of fruit for 5 euros - seems to be a locals choice so when in Gent do as the Gentians.
Ghent is not just the most beautiful city in Belgium, but the most beautiful city in the Benelux. And I am saying that as a proud inhabitant of Amsterdam who loves his city. While the crowds of tourists flock to Bruges, they go straight past Ghent and they don't know what they're missing. Maybe for the better, so Ghent can keep calling itself "Europe's best kept secret".
Beautiful city, easy to get around as long as you don't have mobility problems. Be aware if you are driving Ghent is a low emission zone in city and you need to register your car beforehand. Park and ride outside city. Castle is worth a visit but be prepared for lots of steps. Opposite Hotel Gravesteen there is an all you can eat rib restaurant which is worth trying. Canal river trip of 50 mins for approximately 9euros is great way to see the city and its buildings
We stayed for 2 days and we could have stayed longer. It was wonderful just to walk around the historic downtown. So many great views of historic buildings! We especially loved the St. Bavo cathedral with Van Eyck's masterpiece (make sure you reserve your spot online ahead of time or you might not get in; the cathedral itself is free). The view from the belfry (with elevator) was awesome, and the audiotour in the castle was so well done! It brought the history of the castle to life. I caught myself laughing several times because it was so funny! We also enjoyed a boat ride because the views from the water are just different and the guide provided lots of great tidbits of knowledge. Make sure you also see the downtown area after dark. It breaths a whole different kind of atmospere. Would love to go back and really take the time to visit more churches and museums etc. A return trip would be well worth it! I highly recommend not to skip Ghent on a tour to Belgium! We had a pizza dinner at Otomat Gent Pizza. Delicious! Great ambiance and lots of beers to choose from! It's easy to get around by tram. Nr. 1 at the stop in front of the train station takes you downtown., but know at what stop you should get off because it's not always announced, or easily recognizable.
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