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Take in the historic sights as you stroll through romantically lit cobblestone streets on your way to one of the many museums in this historic Flemish city.

Ghent is the perfect place to stroll around and take in culture. Take a detour along the river Leie and visit historic buildings such as the Belfry, Huis van Alijn and St-Baafskathedraal. Explore them on your own or take a guided tour and discover what this Belgian city has to offer.

According to the experts, the area around Ghent has been inhabited since the Stone Age with the first signs of settlements dating back to the 4th century. During the first half of the Middle Ages Ghent was the most important city in the Low Lands together with Bruges, which is still clearly visible today from the many beautiful monuments that are left.

You can enjoy beautiful views of the city from the top of the 95 metre high Gothic Belfry. Next to the Belfry, you will find St-Baafskathedraal, where you can admire the famous painting 'The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb'. Art lovers are in for a real treat at Caermersklooster and the Museum voor Schone Kunsten, where they can admire paintings and statues from the Middle Ages to the mid-20th century. The 12-century Gravensteen, the only remaining mediaeval castle in Flanders, is also well worth visiting.

A lot of the city centre has been pedestrianised so you can stroll around at your ease or take the tram. Admire the city's attractions on one of the 1 or 2-hour walking tours. You can also tour the city by boat or horse and carriage. It's a great destination whether you take the kids or spend a romantic afternoon with your partner.

Ghent is easily reached from the Netherlands by car or public transport. There is no direct connection so you will probably have to change trains in Antwerp. If you're coming from Maastricht, you'll change trains in Liège.

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Where to stay in Ghent

Ghent Town Hall featuring street scenes, a sunset and an administrative building

Ghent City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(70 area reviews)

Historical sites, cafes and museums are some highlights of Ghent City Centre. Make a stop by Saint Bavo Cathedral or Gravensteen Castle while you're exploring.

Ghent City Centre
Sint-Amandsberg, Ghent, Flemish Region, Belgium

Sint-Amandsberg

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

Travellers enjoy Sint-Amandsberg for its museums and parks. Consider checking out Bijgaarde Park while you're in the area.

Sint-Amandsberg
Kunstenkwartier, Ghent, Flemish Region, Belgium

Kunstenkwartier

5/5Exceptional!(2 area reviews)

Kunstenkwartier is noteworthy for its bars, and you can make a stop at top attractions like St. Peter's Square and World of Kina.

Kunstenkwartier
Citadel Park featuring a waterfall, a lake or waterhole and a park

Stationsbuurt Noord

4.5/5Wonderful!(16 area reviews)

Unique features of Stationsbuurt Noord include the historical sites and restaurants. Make a stop by Museum of Fine Arts or Citadel Park while you're exploring the area.

Stationsbuurt Noord
Gravensteen featuring street scenes, heritage architecture and a river or creek

Patershol

4.5/5Wonderful!(2 area reviews)

Patershol is noteworthy for its restaurants, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Gravensteen Castle and Kraanlei.

Patershol
Oostakker, Ghent, Flemish Region, Belgium

Oostakker

While there might not be top attractions in Oostakker, you can explore the larger area and discover places like Gravensteen Castle and Saint Bavo Cathedral.

Oostakker

Top hotels in Ghent

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Getaway Studios Gent
Getaway Studios Gent
2 Seminariestraat, Ghent
The price is £44 per night from 4 Oct to 5 Oct

Located in the heart of Ghent, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Episcopal Palace and Saint Bavo Cathedral. Gravensteen Castle is 0.6 mi (1 km) away. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (15 reviews)

"The room was spacious, and it was very clean as well. There was free coffee (instant coffee). We had also ritual soap,shampoo and douchegel. You can cook some dishes but not everything. It was good for a short stay, but we stayed 9 nights."…"

Reviewed on 5 May 2020

Getaway Studios Gent
Pillows Grand Boutique Hotel Reylof Ghent
Pillows Grand Boutique Hotel Reylof Ghent
4.5 out of 5
Hoogstraat 36, Ghent
The price is £125 per night from 24 Sep to 25 Sep

Located in the heart of Ghent, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of School of Yesteryear, Gravensteen Castle, and Saint Bavo Cathedral. St. Michael's ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (350 reviews)

"Have stayed here several times this year. The hotel more opened up than other hotels in area. Rooms are small unless you opt for a larger size room. Well located but sometimes staffing levels seem to effect service in hotel at busy times"…"

Reviewed on 5 Sep 2020

Pillows Grand Boutique Hotel Reylof Ghent
NH Gent Belfort
NH Gent Belfort
4 out of 5
Hoogpoort 63, Ghent
The price is £93 per night from 11 Oct to 12 Oct

Located in Ghent City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Ghent Town Hall, Saint Bavo Cathedral, and Gravensteen Castle. Court of Ryhove ...

4.3/5Excellent! (968 reviews)

"Really great hotel! Extremely clean, top protection measures against COVID-19!!! VERY friendly staff! Spacious garage with 2.3m high entrance, allowing also to come with mini bus. I would love stay there again."…"

Reviewed on 3 Sep 2020

NH Gent Belfort

Popular places to visit in Ghent

Gravensteen Castle
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Gravensteen Castle

4.5/5(66 reviews)

One of the only remaining medieval castles in Flanders, this historic fortress provides a fascinating insight into the weaponry, culture, and drama of Ghent’s past. 

Saint Bavo Cathedral
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Saint Bavo Cathedral

4.5/5(71 reviews)

One of the iconic Three Towers of Ghent, this historic cathedral is known for its outstanding collection of art. 

Ghent Town Hall
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Ghent Town Hall

4/5(11 reviews)

See one of the city’s most unusual landmarks, a striking building constructed over the course of almost four centuries. 

Belfry of Ghent
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Belfry of Ghent

4.5/5(45 reviews)

Visit one of Ghent’s most famous attractions, an imposing tower that defines the city’s skyline and symbolizes its independence. 

St. Nicholas' Church
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St. Nicholas' Church

A beautiful example of Scheldt Gothic architecture, this striking blue-gray church is among the oldest landmarks in the city. 

Citadel Park
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Citadel Park

This popular public park is among the most important green spaces in the city, home to pleasant paths and several unique museums. 

Top things to do in Ghent

Ghent : Beer and Chocolate Adventure
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Ghent : Beer and Chocolate Adventure

£76
Per adult
Vacation Photographer in Ghent
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Vacation Photographer in Ghent

£199
Per adult
Ghent
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Ghent

£181
Per adult
2 day Canadian WW1 tour in the Somme and Flanders
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2 day Canadian WW1 tour in the Somme and Flanders

£892
Per adult
Australian battlefields in Flanders and in the Somme
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Australian battlefields in Flanders and in the Somme

£882
Per adult
Arrival Private Transfer Bruges Airport OST to Bruges City by Luxury Vehicle
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Arrival Private Transfer Bruges Airport OST to Bruges City by Luxury Vehicle

£162
Per adult

Reviews of Ghent

4.6

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

15 Feb 2020

Nice and beautiful city

5/5 - Excellent

LB

3 Feb 2020

The Museum of Fine Arts (Van Eyck exhitibion on until end of April 2020) and Design museum are both excellent.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

4 Jan 2020

Friendly traditional coty

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

17 Dec 2019

An amazing city with stunning architecture and history to enjoy. Lovely streets and stunning parks such as the Citadel park

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

7 Dec 2019

Lovely old town with plenty to see and do. Did not feel crowded or overly commercial.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

3 Dec 2019

Beautiful city, lots of nice bars, cafes and friendly people