East Flanders
Ghent
Highly recommended
Ghent The Essential
Highly recommended
The spiritual heart of Flanders, Belgium's second-largest port and a major industrial centre, Ghent also has a university, rendering it even more animated. At the confluence of the River Lys and the River Escaut, it is criss-crossed by canals and waterways. Birthplace of Emperor Charles V, the city is steeped in history, boasting numerous old buildings, districts and quays with a distinctly poetic atmosphere, best experienced by lamplight after dark. Famous sons include M Maeterlinck.

Must see

Michelin's recommendations for Ghent
Belfry and Cloth Hall of Ghent
Belfry and Cloth Hall of Ghent
The massive outline of the 91m-high
Quai aux Herbes
Quai aux Herbes
This was Ghent's Medieval harbour site.
60 minutes
Château des Comtes de Flandre
Château des Comtes de Flandre
This castle was built by Philip of
90 minutes
SMAK (Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst Gent)
SMAK (Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst Gent)
This museum, housed in the former Flower
120 minutes
Gent Municipal Museum - STAM
Gent Municipal Museum - STAM
The museum is housed in the former
120 minutes
Musée des Beaux-Arts
Musée des Beaux-Arts
This museum lies on the edge of
120 minutes