Daytrips From Brussels - Visiting Ghent:
An Undiscovered Medieval Town Just A Stone's Throw From Brussels
Ghent is severely under-rated as a tourist spot. With it’s quaint town centre
comprising narrow canals, cobbled traffic-free streets and a fine castle and
cathedral it’s a very alluring place to plan a day-trip to. It’s also just a
half hour train ride from Brussels.
are the must-see sights in Ghent if you happen to come for a short stay:
fabric of Ghent's town centre was built in the 13th and 14th century. Like
Brussels It’s easy to navigate through Ghent thanks to a comprehensive and
well run public transport system. Your first port of call should be to the
impressive Stadhius (the largest town hall in Belgium) which dates back to the
early 15th century. Close by, the Belfort was built in the 14th century and
offers striking vistas over the city.
took approximately six hundred years to complete St Baafskathedraal –
Ghent's most extensive and oldest Cathedral, and some parts of this gothic
masterpiece stretch back to the twelfth century.
has some stunning listed buildings (many of which are a thousand years old) and
you can see many of them in and around the area that runs from St
Michielsbrug to St Baafskathedral.
Castle was constructed in the eleventh century and it’s one of the most
renowned landmarks of Ghent. Close by are the Museum voor Sierkunst en Vormgeving (with various displays depicting Ghent life over the past couple of
centuries) and the Vishmarkt (fish market). There are alternative museums
to visit – the Museum voor Schone Kunsten has a large display of art dating back
to the 14th century while the Bijlolemuseum is located in a building that was first
constructed in the 13th century.
in to Vrijdagmarkt, a pleasant market and restaurant area peppered with
market stalls and quaint cafes/bars.
along the river Leie for one of the most pleasant walks available anywhere in
has a large selection of restaurants, cafes and bars and they range from pokey
student type affairs to more elegant and expensive offerings. The south of the
city is known for its student population so you’re more likely to find a
youthful crowd here. There’s a reasonably wide selection of choices throughout
the city – from traditional Belgian fare to Thai, Italian and Asian.
Staying the Night
you’re planning on staying the night you should be able to find a room that
meets your requirements. Accommodation is typically fairly easy to secure
(except for July when the town hosts Gentse Feesten). It’s possible to secure
a basic room from as little as 25 euros – or if you’re able to afford
something more extravagant you could kip in style for 400 euros.