Ghent is Belgium’s second largest city – home to a quarter of a million people and a flourishing flower export trade.
The city of Ghent is one of Belgium’s most beautiful communities. Conveniently located between Brussels and Bruges, Ghent features medieval buildings, canals and a host of tourist attractions.
It has a long and interesting history that dates back to the iron age. In the 13th century, it was the second largest city in Europe, after Paris. Today, it has become a magnet for tourists from around the globe.
Most of the present day Saint Bavo Cathedral was built from the 14th till the 16th century, in the Gothic style of that era. Saint Bavo became a cathedral in 1559, when the doicese of Ghent was founded.
It is a neo-gothic bridge build in 1910 and offers an outstanding view over the three towers of Ghent, St Nicolas Church, the Belfry (Belfort) and St. Bavo’s Cathedral and the guild houses on the enchanting Korenlei and Graslei.
Not to miss.
2.Ghent’s cathedral (Saint Bavo Cathedral) is one of the oldest buildings in Ghent, dating from 942.
3. The Stadhuis, or city hall, took almost a century to build before it was finally completed in 1600. The architecture is flamboyant and Gothic the building is often referred to as the building with many faces. The rooms of the interior are varied in style but all are stunningly decorated and preserved.
4. Graslei & Korenlei – some of Belgium’s finest guild houses are along the Graslei and Korenlei Canals. This is an excellent place for a stroll for anyone with more than a passing interest in architecture.
5. Gravensteen – the 12th Century Castle of the counts.
How to get there.
Ghent can easily be reached through the airports of Brussels (50km) and Charleroi (100km) in Belgium and Lille in France (50km).
This city also has a direct line to Brussels International Airport. You can join the European high speed train network with a quick change at Brussel-Zuid or Lille, just over the border in France. A direct daily connection on the high-speed Thalys network will take you to Paris, and the Eurostar will take you to London.
Choose from a variety of routes, find detailed directions and calculate trip costs at www.ViaMichelin.com
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