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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’.

Tonight

From $270 per night

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From $386 per night

Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency € 1 = $1.08
Language French
Average weekend price $170 per night
Average weekday price $154 per night
Average stay 1 night

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10

Ghent is just a beautiful city.

February 23, 2024

Ghent is just a beautiful city. It's actually one of my favourite cities to visit for a short break. Historical gorgeous city centre. I recommend visiting during the "Gentse feesten". A long weekend full of festivities with events held through out the city. Although I might just choose to do a day visit in that occassion as it can be really busy. I love the fact that even though there are big crowds during that time, there seems to be no disturbances that I'm used to seeing at such events elsewhere. Take a boat ride on the canals, visit the cathedral and bell tower. By chance discovered a couple of city palaces that are open to the public, which are well worth a look. Good food everywhere. What is there not to like really?

Graciete das Dores
Graciete das Dores Netherlands
10

Fabulous city with lots to see.

February 7, 2024

Fabulous city with lots to see. Very compact so easy to walk to everything Buildings are beautiful and would recommend the Cathedral, the Bell tower and Gravenstein castle. . The audio guide is hilarious, just like,"horrible histories" There are numerous museums. City has wonderful shops,fashion,gifts and more chocolate shops than you could ever want. Have to indulge in Frites and mayonnaise, waffles, and thick hot chocolate. Have been to Bruges which we loved but Ghent has more to visit whilst still having the rivers,canals , beautiful buildings and houses

CAROLE
CAROLE United Kingdom
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February 4, 2024

"The Ghent altar paintings" were tremendous and should be seen. We were there for the Light festival which was well worth experiencing. Plenty of walking but forget the car and put it in the public garage. Ours was €15 for just under 24 hours. If you enjoy walking there is plenty to see, both old and new.

Anonymous
10

A charming city that seems to blend the best aspects of...

February 1, 2024

A charming city that seems to blend the best aspects of Europe - a blend of Belgium, Nederlands, and Germany in terms of architecture and layout. Lots of great restaurants, interesting shops and of course an almost car-free city centre. Loads of bikes. Loads of students - it must be a big university town

Pollard
Pollard
10

There are many lovely walks along the waterways.

January 25, 2024

There are many lovely walks along the waterways. Many great museums and sites to visit. We walked everywhere but there are trams and buses which we have used in the past. Loads of restaurants and bars to choose from, as well as four breweries to visit.

Maxine
Maxine United Kingdom
10

Such a beautiful city.

January 21, 2024

Such a beautiful city. Plenty to see and so easy to walk around with a lot of history. Lovely to walk around the canals , have a boat ride and explore the quaint streets , the cathedral & the castle Gravesteen. Some lovely bars & restaurants.

David
David United Kingdom

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