About Ghent

Ghent is a port city in northwest Belgium, at the confluence of the Leie and Scheldt rivers. During the Middle Ages, it was a prominent city-state. Today it’s a university town and cultural hub. Its pedestrianized center is known for medieval architecture such as the 12th-century Gravensteen castle and the Graslei, a row of guildhalls beside the Leie river harbor. Three towers mark the skyline of Ghent’s old town is the 14th-century Belfry, St. Nicholas’ Church, and Romanesque-Gothic St. Bavo’s Cathedral. The cathedral’s 15th-century altarpiece was painted by Flemish master Jan van Eyck. The Museum of Fine Arts exhibits Flemish and Dutch art, including works by Hieronymus Bosch and Peter Paul Rubens. Contemporary art gallery SMAK has a permanent collection and hosts temporary exhibitions. Boat trips explore the city’s canals, lined with cozy bars, cafes, and chocolate shops. Local specialties include waterzooi stew, conical "neuzen" sweets, and jenever, a juniper liqueur.

Gravensteen is a medieval castle at Ghent, East Flanders in Belgium. The current castle dates from 1180 and was the residence of the Counts of Flanders until 1353. It was subsequently re-purposed as a court, prison, mint, and even as a cotton factory. It is the only remaining medieval castle with a moat and largely intact defence system in Flanders.
Belfry of Ghent

The 91-meter-tall Belfry of Ghent is one of three medieval towers that overlook the old city center of Ghent, Belgium, the other two belonging to Saint Bavo Cathedral and Saint Nicholas' Church. Its height makes it the tallest belfry in Belgium. Its height makes it the tallest belfry in Belgium. The belfry of Ghent, together with its attached building is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
St. Nicholas' Church

St. Nicholas Church is one of the oldest and most prominent landmarks in Ghent. The church was popular with the guilds whose members carried out their business nearby. The guilds had their own chapels which were added to the sides of the church in the 14th and 15th centuries. Typical of this style is the use of blue-gray stone from the Tournai area, the single large tower above the crossing, and the slender turrets at the building's corners.
Museum of Fine Arts

Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent is situated on the East side of Citadel park. The museum holds a large permanent collection of art from the Middle Ages until the mid 20th century. The collection focuses on Flemish Art but also has several European- especially French paintings.
Ghent City Museum

Ghent City Museum is a museum in the Belgian city of Ghent. With the Bijloke collection as a base and the Bijloke abbey and Bijloke monastery as buildings, the STAM functions as a modern-day heritage forum. Parts from other collections were added to the Bijloke collection. The main circuit of the Ghent City Museum serves as a museal and multimedial introduction to a visit to the city of Ghent.
Dulle Griet

Dulle Griet is a popular cafe that offers the largest beer selection in Ghent with more than 500 local and international beers. Its name goes back to a 15th-century connon located just around the corner. The wrought-iron bombard was constructed in the first half of the 15th century from 32 longitudinal bars enclosed by 61 rings. 

Korenmarkt is a city square in the historic center of Ghent. Located between the Leie river and St. Nicholas' Church, it is one of the city's most important and famous tourist locations. The square is surrounded by several historic buildings, which today house bars, restaurants, and terraces. It is a pivotal location of the annual Gentse Feesten cultural festival.
Laarne Castle

Laarne Castle is a Belgian moated castle in Laarne, located in the Province of East-Flanders, near its capital city of Ghent. Laarne Castle is situated at an elevation of 3 meters. Established in the 11th or 12th century to guard the approaches to Ghent from the sea, it was comprehensively renovated in the 17th century.

The Lys or Leie is a river in France and Belgium, and a left-bank tributary of the Scheldt. Its source is in Pas-de-Calais, France, and it flows into the river Scheldt in Ghent. It has a popular 55-km cycling route that starts in Ghent and takes you to Deinze and back to Ghent. Along the way, you’ll discover the well-known painters’ villages of the Lys. region.

Graslei is a quay in the historic city center of Ghent, Belgium, located on the right bank of the Leie river. The quay opposite of the Graslei is called Korenlei. Both quays were part of the medieval port and are now a cultural and touristic hotspot of the city, with a high concentration of cafe patios. The site, with its unique row of historical buildings, is a protected cityscape.
Best Time To Visit Ghent

The best time to visit Ghent is from April to June and from September to October.

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