17 Essential Sights to See in Ghent, Belgium

17 Essential Sights to See in Ghent, Belgium, Ghent, Belgium (B)

With a growing reputation as a fun and memorable tourist destination, the city of Ghent in Belgium is really starting to make a name for itself. A major city in the western half of Flanders, Ghent combines a youthful student atmosphere with some staggeringly beautiful sights. A gothic, medieval delight, Ghent may not be the most vivid or vibrant city but it sure does set a scene.

Centring on a spectacular old town and idyllic waterways, the city is immensely tourist friendly. This means you’re able to move from one landmark to the next with ease, often just by turning your head. There’s a reason I keep returning to this city and I keep finding more and more sights to admire throughout Ghent. I owe a huge debt of thanks to my friends in Ghent for showing me around their city as well. So with that said, allow me to share with you the essential sights to see in Ghent.

Let’s start with a castle and a pretty cool one at that. Curbed by the Leie River on two sides, the small but mighty Gravensteen castle rests in the north of the city centre. With it’s strategic location by the river, fortifications have existed on the site of Gravensteen since the 10th century. After a fire destroyed the previous castle, the castle’s current look came about in 1180 under Count Philip of Alsace. A visit to the castle takes you through the castle grounds and interior, all the way up to the keep roof for views across the city. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: 17 Essential Sights to See in Ghent, Belgium
Guide Location: Belgium » Ghent
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: David Johnston
Read it on Author's Website: http://www.travelsewhere.net/sights-in-ghent/
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Gravensteen Castle
  • St. Bavo’s Cathedral
  • St. Nicholas’ Church
  • Ghent Belfry
  • City Pavilion
  • Ghent Town Hall
  • Old Post Office
  • Sint-Michielsbrug Bridge
  • Great Butcher’s Hall
  • Vrijdagmarkt
  • Rabot Tower
  • Our Lady of St Peter’s Church
  • Pand University Gardens
  • Ghent University Campus