Visit Ghent!

Ghent is one of the most beautiful cities to visit in Belgium. Less busy than Antwerp and less of an open-air museum than Bruges. Ghent is a charming city where the former wealth of the Middle Ages is still clearly visible in the city center. It is not without reason that Ghent is popular among tourists as a destination for a day or even for a few days. Visitors mainly come to the many cultural-historical buildings, museums, and atmospheric nightlife.

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Together with the other inland waterways, the river Leie offers beautiful atmospheric pictures in Ghent. The most popular part is where the "Graslei" and "Korenlei" lie on the water. Here are a number of beautiful buildings, some of which date back to the Middle Ages.

Various tour boats also depart from both slates. In pleasant weather, the terraces, particularly on the Graslei, are busy. Locals and tourists also like to sit on the stone edges of and around the water. Especially in the summer months, it is very atmospheric here.

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The 95-meter high belfry tower is in the middle of the Ghent tower line. The tower dates from the year 1380 and has a dragon at the top that watches over the city. For a small fee, you can climb the belfry stairs, after which you have a beautiful view over Ghent.

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A visit to the mystical castle "The Gravensteen" cannot be missed during your trip to Ghent. This important landmark in Ghent is a fortress with a very turbulent history, closely intertwined with the complex and often turbulent political and social history of the city. It is the only remaining medieval moated castle with an almost entire defense system in Flanders. Your visit to the Gravensteen gives you a complete picture of the knight culture in the 12th century. The gatehouse, the ramparts, the keep, the burial residence, and the stables are accessible to visitors.

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You can visit many museums in Ghent. It is, therefore, useful to purchase a 3-day museum pass. This is offered by participating museums, tourist info points, hotels, city shops, and public transport stores. This pass can also be used for the tram and buses in the Ghent city zone.

The top event is the "Gentse Feesten", a traditional folk festival that dates back to the nineteenth century and lasts no less than ten days. These festivals that take place in the summer are the top attraction in Ghent.

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