Ghent is a romantic open air museum.
Capital of East Flanders, port city and recently also veggie capital of Europe. The university city of Ghent leads a relaxed life between canals and medieval scenery. An exciting discovery tour full of surprises is guaranteed.
Three towers on a line form the famous medieval silhouette and the symbol of Ghent. On the Sint-Baafsplein square, the St. Bavo Cathedral and the Ghent Belfry face each other. The 95 meter high bell tower is a World Heritage Site and offers a beautiful view over the city.
The photo spot for the row of towers is the St. Michaels Bridge, from which you also have a magnificent view of the picturesque architecture of the guild houses in the streets Graslei and Korenlei on the banks of the river Leie. In the numerous cafés and restaurants you can simply relax.
The beautifully restored facades with their stepped gables are typical of the old town and can be seen in particularly large numbers at three market squares: Around the Korenmarkt, the former trading houses are home to numerous cafés, bars and restaurants.
A highlight is the castle Gravensteen of the Counts of Flanders. In a 45-minute walk through one of the largest moated castles in Europe you will learn a lot about Flemish history and the view over Ghent from the platform of the donjon is breathtaking.
The S.M.A.K.-Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst in Citadelpark is one of the most famous museums in Ghent. With its temporary exhibitions it is always rediscovering itself. Nearby is the multimedia city museum STAM, which shows you the history of Ghent from the Middle Ages to the present. The highlight is a 300 square metre aerial view on which you can walk around.
Ghent has been chosen as the veggie capital of Europe 2020 because its restaurants offer the largest selection of vegetarian/vegan food. You can enjoy a delicious meal at Greenway in the student district.