A day in Gent

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me in Gent

Since it was a Monday I went to Gent for the day. From Friday to Monday the train tickets are half the price so a return ticket Brugge - Gent only costs about 6 Euro on these days.

The train station in Gent is a bit away from the centre, so it´s either a half an hour walk or you can take a tram.

Gent or Ghent is situated at the confluence of the rivers Scheldt and Lys. In the Middle Ages it was one of the richest cities of northern Europe and the many grand churches and towers in the city centre are testimony to that. The city has a really nice medieval architecture and everything seems well preserved and restored. Gent´s centre is the largest carfree area in Belgium which makes it nice for walking around and enjoying the sights. Lined up in the middle of the city you find many interesting sights.

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Starting from the Sint Michielsbrug (bridge) - from where you have a nice view - the first building you see is the St Nicholas Church which has a beautiful interior with high ceilings. Next along the street is the Belfry. Entrance fee is 3 Euro. You can walk up the 200 or so steps or walk to the first level and take an elevator. From the top the view is very nice and offers great picture opportunities. After the Belfry is the St Bavo Cathedral (Sint Baaf). Original construction of this cathedral started in the year 942 and over the centuries was expanded and a Gothic style was added.

Walking north along the river you reach another sight of Gent: Het Gravensteen which was built in 1180.

I spent about 5 hours in Gent and was pleasantly surprised by its charm and architecture.

Duvel beer
Gent must feel somehow ignored by its close and more touristic neighbours Brussels and especially Brugge but it is definitely worth a visit!

Back in my hostel in Bruges I just relaxed and tried some more local beers. First I had a Duvel. This strong beer (8,5% alc.) is one of the most popular among Belgian beers. It has a golden colour and is served with a lot of foam on top and a fruity taste.

The next beer was a Westmalle Dubbel.  It is a dark, reddish-brown Trappist beer with a secondary fermentation in the bottle. The flavour is quite rich, herby and fruity with a kind of bitter finish. The Dubbel contains 7% alcohol.

My third beer (*burp* :-) ) was a Grimbergen Tripel which is 9% strong but you don´t really taste the strong alcohol content and it is very drinkable. But I guess a third beer is always quite drinkable :-)

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me in Gent
me in Gent
mirror image
mirror image
Duvel beer
Duvel beer
Kiss & Ride (?)
Kiss & Ride (?)
funny traffic sign
funny traffic sign
the belltower
the belltower
guild houses
guild houses
jump :-)
jump :-)
view of Leie river
view of Leie river
view of Gent from the bridge
view of Gent from the bridge
detail
detail
Sint Michiels Plein
Sint Michiels Plein
tourist boat on river
tourist boat on river
flowers
flowers
flowers and river
flowers and river
belltower
belltower
statues in front of St Nicholas Ch…
statues in front of St Nicholas C…
St Nicholas Church
St Nicholas Church
inside belltower
inside belltower
me on top of belltower :-)
me on top of belltower :-)
looking down
looking down
St Bavo cathedral
St Bavo cathedral
square
square
view of St Nicholas Church
view of St Nicholas Church
view of St Nicholas Church
view of St Nicholas Church
bells
bells
mirror image
mirror image
inside the cathedral
inside the cathedral
ceiling
ceiling
inside cathedral
inside cathedral
altar
altar
nice street in Gent
nice street in Gent
pretty
pretty
river
river
Het Gravensteen
Het Gravensteen
beer assortment
beer assortment
Gent
Gent
Gent
Gent
me drinking Duvel beer
me drinking Duvel beer
me drinking Westmalle beer
me drinking Westmalle beer
me drinking Grimbergen beer
me drinking Grimbergen beer
Ghent
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