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Ghent

Ghent’s skyline is dominated by the three towers of St Nicholas’ Church, the Belfy and St Bavo’s Cathedral. Another feature of this medieval skyline is the city centre Castle of the Counts, which dates back to the end of the 12th century.

The Ghent Altarpiece, the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb by the Van Eyck Brothers, has long-since been admired by art lovers the world over. It’s currently undergoing restoration, and visitors are invited to see the restorers performing their craft. 

Ghent offers excellent food and drink, from its unique (and delicious) Ganda ham, through to its excellent array of vegetarian restaurants and rock ‘n roll chefs. 

Although a stunning city by day, it is after dark that Ghent shows its most beautiful side. Follow the “Ghent by Light” walking tour around the city to discover its sparkling night time charm when the city’s marvellous buildings are lit up. Alternatively, dance the night away at the Ghent’s famous 10-day music and theatre festival the Ghent Festivities”.

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Ghent Top 5

  1. Head to St Bavo’s Cathedral to view the Van Eyck Brothers’ magnificent triptych, the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb (Ghent Altarpiece). See the restorers at work and discover some of the stories and conspiracies of one of the world’s greatest artworks.

  2. Climb the stairs (or take the lift) to the top of the Belfy. The proudest symbol of Ghent’s independence, the Belfy dates back to the late 14th century and offers superb views from the top of the 300ft tower.

  3. Enjoy some of Ghent’s unique food and drink. Try the delicious cured Ganda ham, perhaps with some mustard from Tierenteyn-Verlent. Enjoy a Gruut beer, brewed with a blend of herbs, rather than hops. And for a sweet finish, taste the Gentse Neuzen, a cone-shaped purple, raspberry flavoured sweet, made fresh each day.

  4. Scour Ghent’s vintage shops for some retro trends. Ghent has several stores where you can score old clothes, furniture, accessories and other items that are looking for a second life.

  5. Stay until it gets dark. Ghent’s city centre is beautifully lit up at night, and possibly the best view is from St Michael’s Bridge. But it’s worthwhile exploring more of the city at night, and there’s a special Ghent Illuminated walk to point you in the right directions!