Ghent: proclaimed by National Geographic as one of the hidden pearls in Europe ...
A city of all times at the confluence of the rivers Leie and Scheldt. Rebellious, wilful, stubborn…
The fascinating historic city centre is called the 'Kuip'. The Kuip is entirely car-free and strolling into it feels exactly as the people of Ghent say: enjoy the taste of the Burgundy Flanders.
Important highlights of the city are: the Saint Bavo Cathedral with the world famous polyptych, the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb by the Van Eyck brothers; the Belfort (Belfry); the Gravensteen (the castle of the Counts of Flanders); the Saint Nicolas Church; the Town Hall; the Korenmarkt; the Graslei; the guildhouses; and the view of the 3 towers of Ghent from the Saint Michael bridge.
Immerse yourself in the local atmosphere of the city with its cosy squares and nice shopping streets, the flower market on the Kouter, the book market on the Ajuinlei, the antique market at Sint Jacob (Saint-Jacobs). Many bistros and restaurants, often in unique locations such as the old Vismijn, the Spijker (a corn staple house), and the Guild House of the Boatmen, invite you to engage in some culinary enjoyment. And at the end don't forget to taste a local Jenever in the Druppelkot or on a terrace on the Vrijdagmarkt (Friday Market square).
Students are also at home in Ghent - it is the largest student city in Belgium - and they create the vibrant atmosphere in this contemporary city. It is famous for the 'Gentse Feesten': 10 days and nights of festivities. Music of course is always present in the city with many open-air concerts, the jazz festival, and the brass bands playing at the kiosk on Sunday.
The theatres, the opera, the 'love poems' evening in a local castle, the famous Ghent Light festival, contemporary art exhibitions…there is always something new and exciting going on. We welcome you in Ghent, a city that triggers the curiosity of everyone and invites you to discover and enjoy it!
On the website www.visitgent.be you can find additional information about the city and its activities.