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.
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Château des Comtes de Flandre
Château des Comtes de Flandre
This castle was built by Philip of
1:30
SMAK (Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst Gent)
SMAK (Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst Gent)
This museum, housed in the former Flower
2:00
Gent Municipal Museum - STAM
Gent Municipal Museum - STAM
The museum is housed in the former
2:00
Musée des Beaux-Arts
Musée des Beaux-Arts
This museum lies on the edge of
2:00