Gent Things to Do

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  • 1. Castle of the Counts - Gravensteen

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Begun in the 12th century and expanded over time, this castle was the seat of the Counts of Flanders. Over the centuries, it functioned as a prison and as a cotton mill. Nowadays, it is open to...

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  • 2. St Bavo's Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The mix of red brick and stone in the interior of Saint Bavo's Cathedral was a bit of a surprise for I had expected it to be entirely in stone, as most Gothic churches tend to be. Another observation...

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  • 3. Belfry Tower

    Rising 91m in height, the Belfry of Ghent is the tallest among the 56 "Belfries of Belgium and France" on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It was completed in 1380 and has survived largely intact with...

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  • 4. St Nicholas Church

    Dedicated to Saint Nicholas, this Roman Catholic church is one of the most prominent landmarks in Ghent. It was completed in 1250 on the site of an older, smaller Romanesque-style church that burnt...

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  • 5. Graslei

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    One of the nicer parts of the historical center of Gent is the Graslei and Korenlei area along the river, at least when there's good weather. ;-) The river is lined by these lovely old buildings,...

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  • 6. Boat Ride

    Another 'must do' when in Gent! It was so nice to meet vt member Joplaboem (Erwin) in Gent. Without Erwin we would not have stopped here, let alone experience the things we did in a short period of...

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  • 7. Friday Market - Vrijdagmarkt

    The Ons Huis and Bond Moyson Buildings are probably due to their impressive Art Nouveau style my favourite buildings in Gent. They are linked to the Socialist Movement in Flanders and were built in...

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  • 8. Saint Michael’s Church - Sint-Michielskerk

    Standing with its chevet towering over the Ghent-Bruges Canal and a bridge, Sint-Michielskerk makes a great backdrop for a photo. The Roman Catholic church is dedicated to Saint Michael, and it traces...

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  • 9. Dulle Griet - Mad Maggy

    4 out of 5 stars

    Gent is definately the place to go if you want to indulge in great Belgium Beers! I hear that it is a fella's buck's night dream! haha :o) ..... But if I lived close by...don't you worry.... I'd have...

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  • 10. Belfort

    The Belfort (belfry) like in many other Belgium cities gives you a chance to have a great view over the city as it’s located between the St.Nickolas church and the cathedral. The tower is 91 meter...

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  • 11. Groot Vleeshuis - Meat House

    4 out of 5 stars

    Known in English as the Great Butchers' Hall, Groot Vleeshuis was built as a meat market. The trade was regulated in mediaeval times to ensure quality and was centralised in this very market. The...

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  • 12. Castle of Gerald the Devil

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Geraard de Duivelsteen was built in the 13th century and is named after Gheeraert Vilain who was nicknamed "The Devil". This castle has been used, over the centuries, for many different purposes,...

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  • 13. Gentse Feesten

    Si quieren conocer la mejor fiesta de verano de Belgica, vengan en Julio a Gantes a participar de los 10 dias de fiesta de la Gentse Feesten! Es lejos el mejor momento de conocer la ciudad (aunque...

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  • 14. St Baaf Cathedral

    This is the oldest church in Ghent and dates back to the 10th century. In 942 a place to pray was built here in honor of St-John the Baptist in the 11th century this church was enlarged. There is...

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  • 15. City Hall - Stadhuis

    This flamboyant Gothic façade is the Town Hall (Stadhuis) of Ghent. It is in fact made up of several adjacent structures constructed over several periods with contrasting architectural styles. In the...

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  • 16. Vrijdagsmarkt

    I don’t know if I should admit this in public (especially since the American authorities might read it and not let me back into the country), but the most moving and emotional sight for me in Ghent...

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  • 17. Jacob Van Artevelde

    The Statue of Jacob van Artevelde was errected in 1863 by Devigne-Guyo. The Flemish politician was born in 1290 in Gent and became a local hero when he allegedly saved the local textile industry by...

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  • 18. Museum of Decorative Arts

    Museum voor Sierkunst, Design Museum, offers exhibitions of 20th century and contemporary design, with a fine representation of objects from the 19th century and earlier. The design of the museum is...

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  • 19. Groentenmarkt

    Groentenmarkt means Vegetable Market, and you really can buy vegetables here, but first you might have to wait for the tram to go by. Another thing you can do here is buy tickets for a boat trip on...

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  • 20. The Roeland Bell - Klokke Roeland

    The "Klokke Roeland" cast in 1314 and hung in the Belfort , was used as an alarm bell until it was re-cast in 1659. After that it was used to ring out victories and other celebrations. During the...

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  • 21. Saint Michael's Bridge

    The Saint-Michael's bridge is the most monumental bridge in Ghent. From this bridge one can enjoy the beautiful view of the famous Ghent towers: Saint Nicholas' Church, the Belfry and Saint Bavo's...

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  • 22. Geraard de Duivelsteen

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Known as Castle of Gerald the Devil (Geeraard de Duivelsteen in Dutch), this Gothic edifice dates from the 13th century. It belonged to a certain Gerald who, according to legend, married five times,...

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  • 23. Walking

    I couldn't help but notice my name on the front of this former church and so a little research had to be done. It turns out that this is the Galerie St John which is a commercial art and antiques...

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  • 24. Theatre - Groot Huis

    One of the highlights of the exterior of the Groot Huis (former Royal Dutch Theatre) facing Ghent’s Sint-Baefsplein, is the sgraffito painted tympanum (see photo #3) by Constant Montald (1862–1944), a...

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  • 25. Old Fish Market

    “The following day we proceeded to Ghent, where we spent the remaining hours of daylight in sight-seeing, through rain and dirt so terrible that precaution appeared vain and I quite gave up picking my...

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