Conveniently located between Brussels and Bruges, Gent features medieval buildings, canals and a host of tourist attractions. Vrijdagmarkt has a buzzing atmosphere especially in late afternoon with cute Belgian pubs and restaurants in abundance. I never knew Ghent was such a creative place and because my trip was unfortunately cut quite short, I have a good excuse to come back soon! I took the morning to walk around the old city and discovered not only many historic buildings, but also plenty of new hotspots worth checking out. People there are generally nicer and more open too. Light artists come from all over the world every 3 years in February to turn Ghent into a spectacle of art and light. The best option is to take the tram, which takes you directly to the center in 10 to 15 minutes. One observation I got from this city was the number of huge towers.
The impact of this rich past can be clearly seen when viewing the imposing architecture of churches and the houses of rich traders. Castle of Gerald the Devil Geraard de Duivelsteen 13 th century fortress where the Devil never actually resided. The current speciality is written on the blackboard. We went here on our first day and found Nonna Stella, an authentic Italian restaurant with delicious pizza and amazing burrata! From the train station, take tram 1 just outside the station to Korenmarkt, and within 15 minutes, you are in the centre of Ghent. On the southern side of Groot Vleeshuis is Penshuizeken — a cottage where the poor were fed with entrails of slaughtered animals. The most medieval of views, from St.
With some of the richest medieval history in Europe, Ghent still continues to stun today and is very underrated in my opinion! From Brussels to Ghent, I took a local train about 30 minutes. Sadly, I only got to join half of a street art tour in Ghent because I had to run and get my train back, but from what I was able to see, there is a lot happening here. The splendid Cloth Hall directly adjoins the belfry. Most of the top attractions, such as the Cathedral of St. Today, it remains a unique example of the European medieval art of fortification.
People from Ghent are called rope or: noose bearers as they seriously rebelled against the regime of the Roman Emperor and Spanish King Charles Karel V back in 1539. What did you think of the city? The Ultimate Ghent Canal Boat Tours You will find a number of companies offering round-trip historic tours of the inland canals of Ghent City. Closed Jan 1, Dec 24-25 and 31. Ghent Belgium once you have visited Gent you will see how wonderfull and madgical the place is, warm friendly people, food is fantasic, the beer and all its different sorts, but the bars and cafes and to sit outside and sip away with you favourite beer,wine,coffee whatever just watching the world go by is fantastic try it you will love it and if not well stay at home as you will never be happy if you do not like here I lived in Ghent for 2 years. Remember this: anything can happen! We also offer great deals for companies who would like to offer their staff an incentive or as part of a team-building day.
So, to avoid the cold and rainy weather, I hopped on the Eurostar direction: Belgium. The meticulously restored 12th-century Ghent castle comes complete with everything you want in an inner city medieval experience. Can be a bit cramped at midday hours. They offer a lovely plant-based kitchen in a contemporary setting. Castle of the Counts and Saint Bavo Cathedral are within a walking distance from the hotel.
I love the medievel architecture in your photos and would love to take in the 360 degree view from Gravensteen. Learn what to see in Ghent and what are the tourist attractions in Ghent. It was requisitioned by Nazi Germany during the Second World War. Here are the Ghent points of interest: Museum of Fine Arts Try reaching the Museum of Fine Arts with Ghent city guide because this building from its facade looks more like a Greek Temple. It sounds like you have some wonderful trips coming up, good on you. Visiting Ghent without entering St. Travel times by train to Ghent from each city varies from 40 min to less than an hour.
Locals and tourists alike love Ghent. Walking Tour and Bike Hire Facts Ghent Walking Tours has Ghent Walking Tour maps for self-guided walking tours covering different routes including the Sunday Market Route, The So Much City city walk and the Ghent Illuminated night walk. In the 14th-century, it ceased to have a military function and was used by the counts for administration of the land. After a flicking through its chapter I quickly realised there were so many interesting things to do in Ghent — this enchanting city was demanding my attention! It might be technically possible, but you'll have to break a few traffic rules to do it. The Sint-Michielsbrug leads down to the Korenlei Canal, itself lined by splendid facades and offering the best view of the even finer houses on the opposite bank of the Graslei. It's like traveling, but cheaper. Just go ask him if you can buy some ice cream and you can skip the long waffle line.
The main square is called Markt, and around this area restaurants lines the streets, horse carriages go past and locals cycle by casually on their bikes. Where to book your flights to Ghent? Boasting a striking Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque exterior, this enormous cathedral is filled on the inside with many valuable sculptures and paintings. Graslei and Korenlei are the two streets on either side of the canal right in the heart of Ghent. In the Lijnwinkel kiosk located near Sint-Pieters train station , you can get free map of city and surroundings, with all bus and tram lines. On Thursdays, it's so crowded that the dancing usually happens on the tables.