Things to see and do - Ghent
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Ghent Travel guide
Ghent : Michelin's recommendations
The spiritual heart of Flanders, Belgium’s second-largest port and a major industrial centre, Ghent also has a university, rendering it even more animated. At the confluence of the River Lys and the River Escaut, it is criss-crossed by canals and waterways. Birthplace of Emperor Charles V, the city is steeped in history, boasting numerous old buildings, districts and quays with a distinctly poetic atmosphere, best experienced by lamplight after dark. Famous sons include M Maeterlinck.
Tourist attractions Ghent : Things to see and do
B - 9000 Gent
This was Ghent's Medieval harbour site. Herb Quay is lined with 12C-17C houses of pure architectural styles. Especially note the 16C Masons' Hall, 15C first Grain Weighers' Hall, Romanesque Scaldian Stage Hall, the smallest house in town called Toll ..
Sint-Baafsplein 1 B - 9000 Gent
The massive outline of the 91m-high belfry, topped by a dragon, symbolises the power of Ghent's medieval guilds. Inside, the chamber was the seat of the town's privileges and liberties The upper platform offers a fine view of the city. Built in the 1..
Hoofdburg B - 9000 Gent
This castle was built by Philip of Alsace, Count of Flanders, in 1180. It was fully restored in the early 20C. Its architecture drew inspiration from Crusader forts in Syria. Inside the curtain wall, visitors can see the Romanesque gallery and fine r..
Korenlei B - 9000 Ghent
The elegant Ghent Marriott combines historic charm with modern design. This hotel overlooks the famous Korenlei on the bank of the Lys River and boasts an unusual lobby, a fitness centre and free WiFi. The air-conditioned rooms at Ghent Marriott Hot..
Hoogpoort 63 B - 9000 Ghent
The NH Gent Belfort is located next to Ghent’s historic town hall building. It features stylish accommodation, a fine dining restaurant and an on-site gym and sauna. Free Wi-Fi is available. All rooms at NH Gent Belfort feature design furniture and ..
Goudenleeuwplein 5 B - 9000 GENT
Novotel Gent Centrum is one of the hotels in Ghent situated in the historical center of the city. It is the ideal starting point for visiting the Belfry, the Gravensteen or one of the many museums in the city. For a day of shopping in Ghent you've co..
Koning Leopold II laan 43 B - 9000 Gent
Savour real works of culinary art in this manor house overlooking the grounds of the Museum of Contemporary Art! The dishes served here are not only beautifully presented, they are prepared with great finesse, and showcase surprising marriages of fla..
Gouden Leeuwplein 5 B - 9000 Gent
Vlaanderenstraat 22 B - 9000 Gent
This handsome townhouse, decorated in a contemporary spirit, has blown a breath of fresh air into Gent's city centre. The cuisine is in the expert hands of Michaël Vrijmoed, former assistant to Peter Goossens (of the Hof van Cleve). He provides a fin..
Schuurkenstraat 4 B - 9000 Gent
A pretty mezzanine and a dome crown this monumental warehouse converted into a neo-retro brasserie-oyster bar. Oysters all year round, popular menus, lively atmosphere and inviting terrace.
Snepkaai 15 B - 9000 Gent
The lobster on the front of the restaurant gives you a fair idea of what you will find on the menu, which features the star of seafood. "Bistro" decor and lively atmosphere.
Graslei 10 B - 9000 Gent
Former warehouse now an original, hip brasserie that leans towards the modern-rustic look. Wide-ranging menu featuring Belgian produce. Jazz vibe in the lounge.
Ottergemsesteenweg-Zuid 808a B - 9000 Gent
This cosy restaurant is located on the fourth floor of Ghent's new football stadium, the Ghelamco Arena. It is home to Danny Horseele, formerly at the head of a two-star restaurant in Bruges. He now treats the good folk of Ghent to refined, creative ..
Zeugsteeg 7 B - 9000 Gent
A stroll through the charming little streets of the Patershol will take you to this picturesque building. Tradition and classicism are very much alive here, and full of flavour too. The town can't get enough! Interesting set menu.