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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Museums, Tours and Historical Buildings
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.
One of the iconic Three Towers of Ghent, this historic cathedral is known for its outstanding collection of art.
Visit one of Ghent’s most famous attractions, an imposing tower that defines the city’s skyline and symbolizes its independence.
See one of the city’s most unusual landmarks, a striking building constructed over the course of almost four centuries.
A beautiful example of Scheldt Gothic architecture, this striking blue-gray church is among the oldest landmarks in the city.
This popular public park is among the most important green spaces in the city, home to pleasant paths and several unique museums.
The city of Ghent is truly the hidden treasure of Flanders and our guide will help you discover all its secrets. The heart of Ghent boasts numerous impressive medieval buildings such as the Town Hall, the Belfry Tower, the Cloth Hall, Saint-Nicolas’ church.
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Join our full day (12 hrs!), small group (shared) tour to Ghent in Belgium. You can wait comfortably in your hotel in Amsterdam to start your day trip to Ghent, as hotel pick up (and drop off) in Amsterdam is included. Your tour guide will pick you up between 8:30 am and 9:00 am.
Discover two of Flanders’ most enchanting cities and follow our guide back in time! Ghent’s medieval architecture and youthful vibrant atmosphere will impress you.
Looking for your next destination in Belgium. Tour the city of Ghent, conveniently situated between Brussels and Bruges. Visit the sights of this quirky, charming city in just 4 hours and indulge yourself in its unique history and local Belgian beer flavours.
Your visit first takes you to a very moving German Cemetery, from where we drive to a section of the WW1 trenches. You visit the Monument of the ‘Brooding Soldier’, which commemorates the sacrifice of 2,000 Canadian soldiers during the first German gas attack.