I’ve already introduced you to the old city of Ghent, Belgium, a city that features some of Europe’s most spectacular medieval architecture, so—it’s a habit of mine—in this post I would like to give you guys an photographic impression of what this fantastic city has to offer.
Ghent is one of the best-kept secrets in Europe. Once one of the biggest and most powerful cities north of the Alps, Ghent has many historic buildings and churches that attest to this wealthy past. From the mighty St. Bavo’s Cathedral and imposing St. Nicholas’ Church to the powerful Gravensteen Castle and the spectacular Graslei, Ghent is dotted with striking landmarks, beautiful streets and great museums.
While most people who visit Belgium, limit their time to the capital city of Brussels and, perhaps, Bruges, Ghent is almost always skipped. That’s a real shame.
Because it is much less touristy—there are some tourists, though—Ghent feels more “real”. It hasn’t been spoiled by expensive restaurants and cliché souvenir shops. The fact that it is also a large university city, as well as an industrial city also adds to the down-to-earth mentality and vibe of this Belgian city.
In addition to gorgeous buildings and loads of history, Ghent is also home to some of Belgium’s most popular festivals. The Gentse Feesten, for example, attracts thousands upon thousands of visitors in mid-summer. This is a 10-day festival that takes place literally all over the city—on the river, on the banks, on the squares and in the streets. Other festivals that are worth experiencing are the Festival of Flanders and 10 Days Off.
Now, join me on a quick photo tour of Belgium’s most underrated “big” city.
Top 10 Pictures of Ghent
Ghent deserves at least two days of your time. You can get there by train from Brussels in no more than half an hour. For a place to stay in Ghent, you can opt between hostels, hotels and B&Bs.