Things to see and do - Ghent
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Ghent Travel guide
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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..
Jan Breydelstraat 35 B - 9000 Ghent
Hotel Gravensteen is located in the heart of Ghent's old town, just a few steps from the Castle of the Counts. Housed in a building from 1865, this hotel features an on-site sauna and a fitness centre, free access to WiFi and bicycle rental services...
Korenlei B - 9000 Ghent
Prix Prices from : 115 €
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..
Poel 25 B - 9000 Ghent
Prix Prices from : 79 €
The charming Erasmus Hotel is situated in a 16th century patrician house. Find yourself in the heart of the historic centre of Gent, at walking distance from all interesting places to visit. The rooms are decorated in the classic style of the buildi..
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.
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..
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..
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.
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 ..
Ham 39 B - 9000 Gent
This 'loft-style' bistro is the work of Olly Ceulenaere. A pleasant moment awaits in this establishment that showcases top range produce in carefully prepared dishes. The result is sparklingly simple meals rich in flavour. All of which at unbeatable ..
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.