The compact, authentic city of Ghent is where you will find how the past coexists with present. While strolling round the city you will certainly travel through time. Filled with theatre, film, visual arts, and music Ghent can be appropriately called a cultural city. Located in the centre of Flanders, Ghent is the perfect place to begin with while exploring the Flemish Cities.
When it comes to artistic masterpieces, you should not miss the majestic Ghent Altarpiece created by the famous Van Eyck brothers. A work of art from the medieval ages, the altarpiece consisting of 12 panels features some amazing details. Head to the Tourist Information Centre to participate in a guided walking tour or explore the principal attractions by boat. The guides will help you in understanding the history of the city with little narratives.
Symbolizing independence of Ghent stands the 91-meter-tall Belfry, one of the medieval towers overlooking the city centre. The other two notable medieval towers in the city belong to the Saint Nicholas’ Church and St Bavo Cathedral. Take the arduous walk up to the top of the Belfry of Ghent to experience an outstanding view of Ghent. To feel the city vibe, you need to visit the medieval port region of Graslei and Korenlei. The place features numerous historical buildings including the Het Spijker, Guild House of Free Sailors, and the Cooremetershuys, which will remind you about the economic growth of the city.
While in Ghent, you should not miss the unique experience at the Castle of the Counts, an impressive medieval fortress that features historic halls, dungeons, a torture museum, and wells of oblivion. You can climb up the stairs to the top of the fortress, also called the Gravensteen, to feel like the noblemen of the medieval ages. Visit the Citadelpark to enjoy its scenic natural surroundings, as well as to explore the two notable museums – the S.M.A.K. and the Museum of Fine Arts.
Stroll along the medieval alleys of the Patershol quarter, one of the finest neighborhoods in the city. The place is filled with quality restaurants that serve traditional Flemish, Japanese, and Thai foods.
Therefore, Ghent is a European city you should not miss.