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A trip to see the points of interest of Ghent including Downtown Ghent, Korenmarkt, City Square, Canals, Gravensteen, Saint Bavo's Cathedral, Belfry of Ghent, Saint Nicholas' Church, Saint Michael's Church, Blandijnberg before taking the train to Bruges.

Ghent is a city in Belgium which is located in the EU and Schengen community.  Ghent offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;

  • Downtown Ghent, Korenmarkt City Square and Canals
  • Gravensteen
  • Saint Bavo’s Cathedral
  • Belfry of Ghent
  • Saint Nicholas’ Church
  • Saint Michael’s Church
  • Blandijnberg

Prices for hotels in Ghent are reasonable, good luck finding a deal!

Korenmarkt City Square, Ghent

Korenmarkt City Square, Ghent

The historic downtown of Ghent is spread around the Korenmarkt and like all Belgian cities you’ll see lots of beautifully colored buildings surrounding it.  The good news about Ghent is that you can walk to wherever you want in the city, the train station is a little bit of a walk but we all need to get our steps in nowadays (or you can experience the Ghent tram system).  Ghent used to the second biggest city in Europe during the medieval times.

The Belfry of Ghent and Saint Bavo's Cathedral, Ghent, Belgium

The Belfry of Ghent and Saint Bavo’s Cathedral, Ghent, Belgium

If you like medieval architecture, the Belfry of Ghent, the Saint Bavo’s Cathedral and the houses around the Korenmarkt will please your appetite.  Around this area you’ll find Belgian chocolate shops and waffle shops to please your hunger appetite too.

Belgian waffles and hot chocolate at Chocolato Cafe

Belgian waffles and hot chocolate at Chocolato Cafe

I had enjoyed many €2-€3 waffle shop waffles during my time in Belgium, I then decided to try an expensive waffle in a cafe to see how it compared.  The hot chocolate is hot milk with a Belgian milk chocolate melted inside.  The waffle was good and the topping I requested was a melted Belgian milk chocolate.  The cost for this sugar rush was €14 and worth every penny, you must try Chocolato cafe when visiting Gent, it’s opposite Saint Michael’s church.

The streets of Ghent, Belgium

The streets of Ghent, Belgium

The River Leie runs through Ghent as well as many canals which gives countless opportunities for reflection photography.  I was there on a cloudy, rainy day but still managed to capture some perfect reflection images (above).  At night there are more opportunities for reflection photography with the lights reflecting in the still water.

Sint-Michielskerk, Ghent, Belgium

Sint-Michielskerk, Ghent, Belgium

Saint Michael’s is a Gothic church which dates back to the 12th century but the Gothic elements were built in the 15th-16th centuries.  A short walk from Saint Michael’s church you’ll find the Gravensteen which is a 10th century moated castle.  With the river passing by both these buildings you’ll be able to take wonderful Instagram-worthy reflection images of them both.

Train from Ghent to Bruges, 30 minutes, €7

Train from Ghent to Bruges, 30 minutes, €7

Trains pass regularly between Ghent and Bruges, take less than 30 minutes and cost around €7.  I recommend walking from the historic downtown of Ghent to the train station to burn off all the extra calories gained from eating Belgian waffles.

 


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