The historic city centre of Ghent has an abundance of places of interest. To admire Ghent’s towers at their most photogenic, stand on the Sint-Michielsbrug bridge. It’s a truly gorgeous scene: St Nicholas’ Church, the Belfry with its clock tower, St Bavo’s Cathedral with Jan van Eyck’s world-famous masterpiece The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb.
Ghent is full of medieval buildings and charm. The Graslei and the Korenlei, two canal-side streets lined with guild houses in the old harbour, are just two examples of the magnificent views that Ghent has to offer.
Ghent is also a great city to go shopping, offering a good variety of shops. It has a traffic-free centre, which means you can admire the city undisturbed. Ghent has the largest pedestrianised shopping area in Belgium, with many famous department stores and large fashion chains.
Here is a taste of the attractions and sights that Ghent has to offer:
- Sint-Niklaaskerk (St. Nicholas’ Church): 13-century church in early Gothic style
- Museum of Fine Arts
- Town Hall of Ghent: unique mix of 16-century architectural styles
- Slot Gravensteen (Castle of the Counts): medieval fortress with collection of weapons and instruments of torture
- Design Museum: permanent collection and temporary exhibitions of old and new furniture
- Flanders Opera Ghent: fully-fledged opera house
- Sint-Michielskerk (St Michael’s Church): late Gothic church
- Sint-Pietersabdij (St Peter’s Abbey) and O.L.V. Sint Pieterskerk (Our Lady of St Peter’s Church) at Sint-Pietersplein square
- Werregarenstraatje: colourful graffiti street
- Various authentic beguinages such as the Small Beguinage O.L.V. ter Hoyen, which is a UNESCO as World Heritage Site
- The Ghent Festivities: annual festival in July for young and old alike