Ghent, Europe’s Best Kept Secret

The undiscovered Flemish jewel of a city boasts an opera house, a handful of museums, even more ancient churches, and countless bridges spanning the two rivers that wind themselves through the city. The true joy of the town is to be found whiling away an afternoon in an outdoor café. Whether your wrapped under blankets sipping a coffee in the winter or sunning yourself in the springtime with a cold Belgium brew, you will fit in with the locals if you simply enjoy the great atmosphere this town offers. If possible, find a seat on the Graslei, a scenic canal spot in the centre of town, with a great view on the many bridges, grand houses and medieval buildings.

Alternatively, hop on a bike and explore the nearby Patershol district with a small labyrinth of charming cobblestone streets, the towering Gravensteen Castle and Unesco recognised bell tower. The laid back atmosphere of this liveable, lovable city means enjoying the vibrant nightlight of a university town then quaffing cava at the flower market the following Sunday morning.

Info Point

Sint-Veerleplein 5, 9000 Ghent T: +32 9 266 56 60

Top 5 things to do

  1. The Mystic Lamb
    Admire the newly renovated masterpiece 'Adoration of the Mystic Lamb' in St-Bavo's Cathedral.
  2. Inland waterways
    Take a trip around the city by boat! Inland waterways will let you experience Ghent from the water-front.
  3. City Pavilion
    Discover the different architectural types of the City Pavilion. With its elements of gothic and renaissance in just one building, it is one of the most spectacular buildings in Ghent.
  4. Castle of the Counts
    Relive history at the 12th century Castle of the Counts. Right outside the Castle of the Counts you’ll find the Tierentyn Mustard shop where they still pour the mustard right in front of you!
  5. Thursday Veggieday
    Ghent is the first city in Flanders that organized 'Thursday Veggieday' to stimulate people to go meat-free one day a week. Find all the best vegetarian restaurants in the Ghent Veggie Guide.
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