Asking citizens of Ghent what they think of their city is a pointless exercise: you’ll find only unanimous love. Ghent is one of Europe’s greatest discoveries – small enough to feel cozy but big enough to remain vibrant. Ghent has enough medieval frivolity to create a spectacle but retains a gritty industrial edge that keeps things real. With its fabulous canal side architecture, abundance of quirky bars and some of Belgium’s most fascinating museums, this is a city you won’t want to miss.
GHENT CITY CENTER – GUIDED TOUR
Highlights: The Korenmarkt, the Vrijdagmarkt, the Old Harbour, the medieval Castle of the Count of Flanders, the Butcher’s Hall, the Belfry and City Hall.
Visit the magnificent Cathedral of Saint Bavo’s which houses the famous altarpiece; The Mystic Lamb by famous brother painters Hubrecht and Jan Van Eyck.
(Please note: on Sunday mornings, the Cathedral is closed for group visits.)
The SMAK museum of contemporary art
The Museum of Fine Arts
The STAM museum of the history of Ghent
Sample the famous Ghanda Ham and try a Cuberdon, a typical candy from Ghent