Ghent to Bruges

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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2017-03-29T12:17:00+00:00March 1st, 2017|Belgium|27 Comments


  1. Mel I TravelingMel March 5, 2017 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    Nice to hear there are some reasonable accommodations. I think of Belgium as so expensive. The waffle looks good, as you would expect ;). I love the colorful houses along the canals — so pretty. I wish we had more colorful houses in the US.

  2. Rhiannont March 5, 2017 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    €14 for a waffle – are you mad?! I’d expect it to be made of gold for that price! But no, in all seriousness I did once splash out on an €8 waffle in Belgium so yeah, I can totally see why you would!
    When I visited Belgium a few years back we only had time to go to one city/town and chose Bruges over Brussels and Ghent. I really need to head back and check out what I missed!

    • James Smith March 5, 2017 at 3:55 pm - Reply

      The €14 included the hot chocolate and tip so it was probably an €8 waffle like yours.

  3. Reebex March 5, 2017 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    You had me at the waffles… maybe not at that price, but when in Rome it’s nice to splash out from time to time.

    I had no idea Ghent was so beautiful! It’s going on the list!

    Thank for sharing

  4. FS Page March 6, 2017 at 3:26 am - Reply

    Good to know Ghent. I didnt know any other city except Venice who had such canals running through it. Reflection photography looks so wonderful and i would love to photograph here. Thanks for sharing this.

  5. Cliodhna Ryan March 6, 2017 at 4:32 am - Reply

    Ghent looks like a beautiful city. I’ve only been to Brussels but while I was there I definitely overindulged on waffles. I’d love to try those ones, definitely worth the extra money! I love the photos of the buildings reflecting on the water as well.

  6. carlinn meyer March 6, 2017 at 5:37 am - Reply

    OMW those waffles look insanely good. Its breakfast time now and I wouldn’t mind having some of those to start my day off on a sweet note 😛 I have never heard of Ghent but it looks great 🙂

  7. Lauren March 6, 2017 at 6:38 am - Reply

    Ghent looks awesome! I went to Bruges when I was in Belgium and it was beautiful, despite it was raining and the guy at the Frites stand says to me, “welcome to Belgium”

    Thanks for sharing!

  8. joanna March 6, 2017 at 9:59 am - Reply

    hahah I had Belgian waffles yesterday! Can’t wait to visit Belgium again. Ghent is worth visiting just for the waffles 😛

  9. Paulina March 6, 2017 at 11:14 am - Reply

    These are my favorite Belgian cities. Both are so beautiful. Although I think I prefer Bruges! 🙂

  10. Kristine March 6, 2017 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing this! I’m planning to visit Ghent in May – and I can’t wait! I love visiting Belgium. Have previously been to Bruges, Brussels and Antwerp, and Ghent and Liège are the next two cities I’d love to visit. The city looks lovely…and who doesn’t like Belgian waffles and chocolate 🙂

  11. Allison March 6, 2017 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    I loved Bruges when I was there many years ago but never made it to Ghent. I’m sorry I missed it know. I love that the city is walkable as I really need to get my steps up! I would definitely splurge on the more expensive waffle and I love a hot chocolate made with all milk.

  12. Nico March 7, 2017 at 2:26 pm - Reply

    Well! Thanks for talking about my country with such nice words! Indeed Ghent is a gem and we are the best in making waffles for sure. Though we also brew the best beers in the world! Thanks

  13. Nomadic Foot March 7, 2017 at 4:54 pm - Reply

    Whenever i think that my list has enough cities to visit in Europe then someone give me one more. you do it the same in this post. this city looks amazing. perfect city which looks so calm and peaceful. i love the architecture.

  14. How cute is Belgium! I love the picture where the houses are reflected perfectly well in water. So pretty!

  15. Swati March 8, 2017 at 9:24 am - Reply

    Belgium is so picturesque. We will be heading there soon.

    Would love to try the famous waffles in Belgium, Btw your train fare was way too cheaper than waffles with Belgian milk chocolate 🙂

  16. Bruce Schinkel March 8, 2017 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    I love the history and architecture in Ghent! This is definitely somewhere I could get lost with my camera for a couple of days

  17. Archana March 8, 2017 at 5:48 pm - Reply

    love your pictures. I had been to this place but never discovered the way you shared. Maybe next time 🙂

  18. Kellyn March 9, 2017 at 3:07 am - Reply

    You had me with the Belgian Waffles. Loved the travel tips, this is such a useful blog post. I never realized how beautiful the city of Ghent was. I’ll definitely have to make a stop there next year.

  19. Punita Malhotra March 9, 2017 at 11:23 am - Reply

    We went to Antwerp and Bruges while in Brussels, but had to skip Ghent. Your post reminds me that we have to go here, sometime. Such a scenic town.

  20. Mohit Agarwal March 10, 2017 at 6:30 am - Reply

    Your images are so great that i am lost in them …….love your style of photography

  21. neha March 10, 2017 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    From what I read here, I am already starting to like Ghent. First of all the delicious waffles. Then the fact that you can walk almost everywhere in the city, no need to worry about transport. When I head to belgium, I will definitely make plans to visit here

  22. Raghav - TickerEatsTheWorld March 10, 2017 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    I go to Belgium on work quite a lot but both Ghent and Bruges have been off my radar for one reason or another. I made a mental promise to visit Ghent the next time I was in the country, so this helps in planning for that. Thanks for the wonderful photos as well.

  23. Christina March 10, 2017 at 11:51 pm - Reply

    You had me at Belgium waffles and chocolate. I am definitely bookmarking this to keep those waffle and chocolate recommendations. It blows my mind how inexpensive good food can cost in Europe. Ghent, Belgium looks as beautiful as Amsterdam with their buildings and canal yet I can see the differences. I never had Ghent on my travel list until now. Thank you and great post!

  24. Agnes March 11, 2017 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    As a hobby photographer, I would really enjoy practicing my skill there. The canals reminded me a little of Amsterdam but with a lot wider houses on top. Nice reflection photo as well!

  25. Janine Good March 12, 2017 at 2:48 am - Reply

    I love waffles and you can’t do better than in Belgium! I didn’t get much time to explore this beautiful country but would love to go back there. The church sounds like something I’d love to explore being such an historic building of the 12th century.

  26. Wanderlust Vegans March 12, 2017 at 4:19 am - Reply

    Ghent looks like a great place to visit although I heard everything shuts down really early there. We didnt get a chance to make it to Belgium yet.

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