Ghent is the fourth biggest city in Belgium. Things to do in Ghent include;
- Downtown Ghent, Korenmarkt City Square and Canals
- Belfry of Ghent
- St Bavo’s Cathedral
- Saint Michael’s Church
- Canals of Ghent
- Saint Nicholas’ Church
Prices for hotels in Ghent are reasonable, good luck finding a deal!
The historic center of Ghent is spread around the Korenmarkt which is the central square. As with all Belgian cities, you’ll see lots of beautifully colored buildings surrounding the central square. The good news about this city is that you can walk to all the things to do in Ghent from the Korenmarkt. Historically, Ghent was the second biggest city in Europe during Medieval times.
Gravensteen is a Medieval Castle and also the iconic landmark of Ghent. It was built in the 12th century and has a very interesting history. In the past 900 years, Gravensteen has even been used as a prison. Today, it’s a tourist attraction with a museum. Check the Gravesteen webpage for the latest events.
Belfry of Ghent
The Belfry of Ghent is 91 meters tall, as a result, it’s the tallest tower in Belgium. In addition, it’s a UNESCO world heritage site. It’s possible to ascend the Belfry for an aerial view of Ghent.
St Bavo’s Cathedral
St Bavo’s Cathedral has the second tallest tower in Belgium after the Belfry of Ghent. As a matter of fact, it’s 89 meters tall which makes it just 2 meters shorter than the adjacent belfry. Be sure to enter the Saint Bavo’s and view the majestic interior.
Saint Michael’s Church
Saint Michael’s is a Gothic church which dates back to the 12th century, however, the Gothic elements were built in the 15th-16th centuries. With the river passing by, the church as well as the colorful houses are very picturesque.
No doubt you’ll enjoy many €2-€3 waffle shop waffles during your time in Belgium. Comparatively, you may decide to try an expensive waffle in a restaurant. The waffle will come with melted Belgian milk chocolate which you can pour on as you wish. I chose Chocolato cafe which is opposite Saint Michael’s church to enjoy my Belgian waffle indulgence.
Saint Nicholas’ Church
The Ghent skyline is made up of 3 Gothic towers. I’ve mentioned the Belfry as well as St Bavo’s cathedral. The other tower of this trio is that of the Saint Nicolas’ Church. If you enjoy photographing Gothic architecture you’ll be in for a treat in this city!
Canals of Ghent
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. At night there are more opportunities for reflection photography with the lights reflecting in the still water. Finally, if you explore the small streets which are alongside the canals you’ll be rewarded with some fantastic photo opportunities.
How to get from Ghent to Bruges
Trains pass regularly between Ghent and Bruges. The journey is less than 30 minutes and costs 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. Alternatively, you can take the tram.