Ghent doesn’t ooze with cobbles and charm; this is a living, thriving city, with an urban grittiness, quirky shops, and a thriving restaurant and nightlife scene. Visitors enjoy exploring its historic quarter, ogling the Van Eyck altarpiece in its massive cathedral, touring its impressive art and design museums, strolling its picturesque embankments, basking in its finely decorated historic gables, and prowling its newly revitalized Patershol restaurant quarter.
At a Glance
▲▲ Cathedral of St. Bavo and Ghent Altarpiece Main church housing treasures by Peter Paul Rubens and Jan van Eyck.
▲ Castle of the Counts Restored fortress with typical castle ramparts, a dungeon, and good tower views.
▲ Ghent Design Museum Enjoyable display of Belgian design from the 17th to 20th century
▲ Fine Arts Museum Accessible collection of Northern European art.
▲ Ghent City Museum High-tech museum tracing the city’s history through multimedia exhibits and historic artifacts.
Church of St. Nicholas Medieval merchants’ church dedicated to their patron saint.
Belfry Landmark 14th-century tower topped by a copper dragon.
House of Alijn Knickknacks and re-created scenes of domestic Belgium life.
Stedelijk Contemporary Art Museum Rotating exhibits of cutting-edge European art.