Ghent Travel Guide

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Ghent Overview

Known as Gent in the western world, Ghent is a city in the northern section of Belgium in the Flanders region of the country. Initially born as a small settlement on the confluence of the rivers Scheldt and Lys, it became one of the most influential cities in Europe during the Middle Ages, and today it retains its status as a major cultural and economic center, as well as a haven for education, with a major university and a busy port that sees trade coming in year-round. This is easily one of the most happening places in Belgium, and its thriving population is mostly the younger generation whose views are more modern and cosmopolitan in comparison to the rest of the countryside.

Ghent has a fairly healthy expat population as well, and it is known throughout the country as one of the most tolerant cities in Belgium because of the number of foreigners living here combined with the large number of university students. And while its days of being second only to Paris in terms of popularity are somewhat diminished, Ghent is nevertheless still a very unique find on any adventurer’s map. There is plenty of Gothic architecture dominating the skyline, and some of the buildings lining the canals are literally centuries old. The mixture of canals, cathedrals, castles, and other buildings offer a unique experience that is unlike anywhere else in Europe.

This amazing little canal city has remained somewhat untarnished over the years, and offers a very intimate look at Flemish life away from the hordes of mass tourism. The best time of year to come is during the summer months, with plenty of festivals happening, and a vibrant nightlife that will offer you one of the best times you’ll ever have in Europe. The most known festival is the 'Gentse Feesten', a festival that goes on for 10 days with a fair, lots of street artists, music performances,...

Tourists may explore the city centre in several ways - walking, cycling or in a nice boat. Ghent has all it`s treasures close to each other. The most beautiful area - Graslei and Korenlei streets, every single house there has amazing original facade.
Near the Gravensteen stands the impressive meat hall, built between 1407 and 1419. It`s now a restaurant with a very appropriate ceiling decoration.

Just a few kilomtres outside Ghent there is a recreation park with artificial beach with water facilities like water slides and boats. There is also a playground, skatepark, minigolf, camping ground,...