Discover more about Belgium beyond the capital Brussels with an enjoyable visit to the historic town of Ghent in the north west of the country. Enjoy the eclectic blend of old and new in this relaxed town, where Roman and medieval 19th century industry blends seamlessly with the contemporary design and modern technology start-ups that have appeared in recent years.

The cultural capital of Flanders, Ghent is also recognised as the birthplace of Charles I & IV of Spain, who would go on to rule much of Europe in the 16th and 18th centuries.


What you’ll love most about Ghent

  • Begin your journey in Ghent by visiting Gravensteen Castle, a medieval fortress with a rich history. Explore the castle’s ramparts, towers, and dungeons, and learn about its role in the region’s turbulent past through interactive exhibits and guided tours
  • Wander along the picturesque Graslei and Korenlei, two scenic quays lined with historic guildhouses, waterfront cafes, and bustling markets. Admire the beautifully preserved architecture and soak in the charming atmosphere of these iconic Ghent landmarks
  • Discover the stunning Saint Bavo’s Cathedral, home to famous works of art such as the Ghent Altarpiece (Adoration of the Mystic Lamb) by Jan van Eyck. Marvel at the cathedral’s Gothic architecture, intricate stained glass windows, and majestic organ, and explore its rich history through guided tours and exhibitions
  • Indulge in the delicious flavours of Belgian cuisine at one of Ghent’s many restaurants and cafes. Sample local specialties such as waterzooi (creamy chicken or fish stew), stoofvlees (beef stewed in beer), and Ghentse neuzen (traditional candies), and wash it all down with a refreshing Belgian beer or a glass of crisp Belgian wine
  • Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the Ghent Altarpiece (Adoration of the Mystic Lamb) at the Saint Bavo’s Cathedral. Admire this masterpiece of Renaissance art, considered one of the most important works in Western art history, and learn about its fascinating history and restoration through multimedia exhibits and guided tours
  • Take a leisurely stroll through the charming streets and squares of Ghent’s historic city centre, filled with medieval buildings, cobblestone alleys, and hidden treasures. Discover local boutiques, artisanal shops, and vibrant markets, and soak in the lively atmosphere of this bustling Belgian city

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Information above is based on the average number of days which experience some form of rainfall for each month.


When to Visit

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