Start your day with a good breakfast, or brunch if you prefer. New, fun places to eat pop up every week in trendy Ghent. A perfect beginning to the second day of your exploration of the city. Now we’ll focus on books for a bit. These have an important role to play here. Ghent is a student city through and through. This is apparent from the lively atmosphere and the numbers of students cycling everywhere, but also from the buildings. Two magnificent libraries lie only a stone’s throw away from each other. The newest is called De Krook, a wonder of modern architecture that is a very untraditional take on a library, with workshops, reading groups, philosophical debates, film festivals, concerts, music and technology exhibits and more. It’s all here. This is also a great place for people-watching.
Close by you’ll find the second library, which is known as the Book Tower. As the name says, it is literally a tower full of books. Art Nouveau luminary Henry Van de Velde designed this architectural monument, which houses over three million books. This university library is also sometimes referred to as Ghent’s fourth tower. You were introduced to the other three yesterday. This one is another treasure.
Between these two monuments to reading, you passed the VIERNULVIER arts centre. This striking venue is one of Ghent’s arts and culture mainstays. It is known for its enormous variety of exhibitions, shows, plays, concerts, festivals and much more. Be sure to check out the VIERNULVIER calendar in advance. If nothing appeals, simply visit the spacious arts café here and enjoy the fun, casual atmosphere.