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.
You haven’t had a true taste of Ghent until you’ve tried the city’s specialty cuisine - waterzooi. This Flemish stew is traditionally made with fish, but can also be enjoyed with chicken or another meat. Wash it down with a glass of RoomeR - an elderflower-flavoured drink best served with dessert.
The city centre is the best place in Ghent to pick up a lace souvenir. Visit the small boutiques for the best Belgian tapestry to take home. If you’re after clothing, Veldstraat is Ghent’s main shopping district, where you’ll find all the familiar retail chains. Explore the parallel streets for one-of-a-kind treasures.
Must SeeGrevensteen 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.
Must DoAdmire 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.