An elegant city where medieval streets and historic monuments jostle with winding canals and modern museums, Ghent makes a relaxing city break. Families will enjoy strolling the cobblestone streets of the Old Town, couples will love the romantic boat rides along the canal, and culture-seekers will be impressed by the city’s art treasures.
Things to see and do
- Grevensteen Castle - The only surviving castle of the Count of Flanders features a moat, turrets, guillotine and torture devices.
- Museum voor Schone Kunst (Museum of Fine Arts) - Contains a beautifully presented collection of early and modern art, including work from Flemish artists.
- Werregarensteeg (Graffiti Alley) - A tiny alley near the city centre where graffiti art is permitted and celebrated.
- Ghent City Centre - With its cobblestone streets, medieval buildings and winding canals, Ghent’s Old Town is the perfect place to see the city in all its beauty.
- STAM (Ghent City Museum) - Traces the story of Ghent through engaging displays and interactive exhibits.
- Admire Ghent’s medieval buildings on a walking tour of Graslei and Korenlei.
- Enjoy a plate of mussels and a cold glass of RoomeR at one of the waterfront restaurants in the Old Town.
- Marvel at the numerous treasures housed at the Sint-Baafskathedraal (St. Bavo’s Cathedral), including the famous ‘Adoration of the Mystic Lamb’ painting by Hubert and Jan van Eyck.
- Take a horse-drawn carriage from Sint-Baafsplein for a tour across the city.
Weather in Ghent
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