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The national capital, Brussels, is situated 30 miles southeast of Ghent, while Evergem is 6 miles to the north.
Leave the adult world behind for a while and take the kids into a world of laughter and creativity at Van Eyck Swimming Pool and Pretland Gent.
The Ghent University Botanical Garden plays a vital role in safeguarding the region's botanical specimens. Be sure to stop in and admire their important work.
When it's time to take five, grab a bite to eat and make your way over to one of the area's scenic urban parks, such as Citadel Park and Muink Park. Baudelo Park and Keizer Park are two more nice places to while away a lazy afternoon and finally read that neglected book of yours.
There's nothing quite like a day spent out among nature to help recharge a travel-weary soul. When you feel like escaping the city streets, make your way over to Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve.
See the world from a new perspective with some time at one of the area's fascinating cultural spaces. The Dr. Guislain Museum and the School of Yesteryear offer a range of displays and collections that are sure to capture your attention. The Design Museum Ghent and the Ghent Museum of Industrial Archeology and Textiles are also well worth a visit.
Take the kids to see many scientific artifacts, models and displays at the Museum for the History of Sciences, the most recognized science-focused museum in the area.
Have a look at the program at the City Museum for Contemporary Art and the Museum of Fine Arts and see if anything looks interesting. You never know, you might even be able to catch an opening!
Even if you're not a history nerd, you'll surely discover something that piques your curiosity at the STAM Ghent City Museum. If you like that, you should also take in the variety of interesting items and objects on display at the STAM Ghent City Museum and the St. Peter's Abbey.
The Ghent University and Ghent Town Hall are certainly worth looking into, even if you're not a passionate history buff. You might also like to snap some photos at Belfry of Ghent and House of Alijn.
Connecting the area's neighborhoods, St. Michael's Bridge and Grasbrug are two examples of civil engineering that have withstood the test of time.
Learn a little about the lives of some of the area's elite families with a visit to the sprawling grounds of Episcopal Palace.
Why not spend a few hours at some of the surrounding castles? See if you can sense the wandering spirits of past rulers as you hear the legends of Gravensteen Castle and Castle of Gerald the Devil.
The region's spiritual side can be experienced at St. Nicholas' Church and Saint Bavo Cathedral. St. James' Church and Church of Our Lady are two more intriguing sacred sites.
At the center of most city squares you'll find some kind of monument or fountain, but it's the stories of each space and the characters that inhabit them that make them really special. While exploring by foot, make sure you take a stroll through Friday Market Square and Korenmarkt Square. Achtersikkel and St. Peter's Square are also held dearly in the locals' hearts.
For some retail therapy, browse a few of the exciting department stores and boutique shops. A few of the most popular places to start with are Langemunt Shopping Center, Ghent South Shopping Center and Ghent Christmas Market.
Ladies and gentlemen, prepare to be entertained! Travelers of all ages will love catching a show at Flanders Expo or the Scala Theatre. The Minard Theatre and the Capitole Theatre are also hotspots for local and touring artists.
Once you've seen all the principle attractions in and around Ghent, take the time to see some of its lesser-known gems. The Bijloke Music Center and Glass Alley are well worth a look. Also, contemplate visiting the CAMPO Theatre and the Kopergietery Theatre if time allows.
Located in the heart of Gent, this hotel is steps away from Design Museum Ghent, School of Yesteryear and St. Michael's Church. Great Butchers' Hall and Old Fish Market are also within 5 minutes.
Located in the heart of Gent, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Ghent Town Hall, Court of Ryhove and Graffiti Street. Achtersikkel and Royal Dutch Theatre are also within 5 minutes.
Located in the heart of Gent, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of School of Yesteryear, St. Michael's Church and Monastery of the Carmelite Fathers. Design Museum Ghent and St. Michael's Bridge are also within 5 minutes.
Situated in Gent, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of STAM Ghent City Museum and Jan Palfijn General Hospital Ghent. Bijloke Music Center and Ghent University Botanical Garden are also within 1 mile (2 km).
This family-friendly Gent hotel is located in the business district, within 2 mi (3 km) of Ghelamco Arena, Museum of Fine Arts and Citadel Park. STAM Ghent City Museum is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) away.
Situated in the business district, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Flanders Expo and within 3 miles (5 km) of Museum for the History of Sciences and Ghent University Botanical Garden. Ghent ICC and Ghent University Hospital are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Located in the heart of Gent, this hotel is steps away from Saint Bavo Cathedral, Royal Dutch Theatre and Belfry of Ghent. Ghent Cloth Hall and Achtersikkel are also within 5 minutes.
Located in the heart of Gent, this hotel is steps away from Court of Ryhove, Graffiti Street and Ghent Town Hall. Great Butchers' Hall and Langemunt Shopping Center are also within 5 minutes.