Gent Things to Do

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    Gentse feesten
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    Gentse feesten
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  • 1. Castle of the Counts - Gravensteen

    4 out of 5 stars

    An imposing landmark in the city centre is the castle Gravensteen, the word Gravensteen is Dutch and stands for "Castle of the Counts", so the castle was the seat of the counts of Flanders. Built in...

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  • 2. St Nicholas Church

    Together with the Belfry Tower, Sint-Baafskathedraal, and the St. Nicholas' Church (Sint-Niklaaskerk) belongs to the prominent three towers of Gent's historic city centre, or maybe we can call it 3...

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  • 3. St Bavo's Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The 1st building that so dominant from the road is Sint-Baafskathedraal/ St. Baaf (Cathedral of St Bavo), This beautiful Saint Bavo Cathedral dates back to the 10th century. It is based upon the...

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  • 4. Graslei

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    This beautiful place really amazed me when we arrived after admiring the cathedrals and towers. We can say it a paradise for architecture. This medieval port with its unique row of historical...

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  • 5. Belfry Tower

    On the west side of Cathedral of St Bavo stands the 91-meter-high belfry, symbol of the city's independence, where the charters of the privileges of Ghent were kept. The tower was begun about 1300 and...

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  • 6. 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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  • 7. 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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  • 8. Saint Michael’s Church - Sint-Michielskerk

    The steeple of St Michael’s Church should have stood out above all the others, but history decided otherwise: the 134 metre high planned ‘monument of triumph’, has remained at a paltry 24 metres. In...

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  • 9. Dulle Griet - Mad Maggy

    4 out of 5 stars

    This impressive big red cast-iron cannon weighs 12,500 kg and is known in popular parlance as the ‘dulle griet’ (evil woman). It does have a big mouth but that’s as far as the evil goes, as it has...

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  • 10. 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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  • 11. 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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  • 12. 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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  • 13. 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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  • 14. 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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  • 15. Groot Vleeshuis - Meat House

    4 out of 5 stars

    The Meat Hall/ great Butcher's Hall or Groot Vleeshuis, a 14th century meat house on the pillory square is now a market showcasing some of the region’s specialties. Country hams hanging from the...

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  • 16. 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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  • 17. Walking

    The best way to see this city for us is walking, and nothing we can say when we were walking around, just admiring, took some photos, see the locals activities and taste the local food in one of the...

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  • 18. Canal Trip

    Since I had arrived too late in the evening to take a canal boat tour in Brugge a couple days before, I was determined to take one in Gent. So I went over to the dock at the Vleeshuisbrug...

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  • 19. 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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  • 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. Het Rabot

    The Rabot was built in 1491 with the purpose to strengthen the city's defensive system. Just 3 years before its construction, Maximilian of Austria tried to seize Gent at exactly this location. The...

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  • 22. Theatre - Groot Huis

    This eye-catching building is the large tympanum decorated with a multi-coloured mosaic in the facade, was built at the end of the 19th. At this theater you can enjoy plays – both classic and...

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  • 23. 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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  • 24. 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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  • 25. 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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