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Ghent Travel Guide and 9 Things to do with Family

Posted on: Jan 15, 2019 | Author: My Family Travel Zone | Categories: Belgium Blog | 28 Comments

One day in Ghent, Belgium. Worth to visit.

Ghent Travel Guide and 9 Things to do with Family

About Ghent

  • Ghent is the capital and largest city of the East Flanders province with its rich history and is the second largest municipality in Belgium. It is one of the most charming towns we have ever seen.
  • Ghent located around 60 km from Brussels, and it will take approximately 50 min to go by car or about 40 minutes by train.
  • Although Ghent is a large city, it is possible to explore its center walking within one day along cobblestone streets.
  • Once we arrived at the center, we were pleasantly surprised by the beauty of each corner. And here are the things to do in Ghent that we discovered during our visit.

Saint Bavo's Cathedral

  • The Saint Bavo Cathedral is the oldest parish church located in in the heart of the city. The cathedral is built on the site of the former Chapel of Saint John the Baptist. More than a thousand of years this has been a place of prayer and Christian worship.
  • Thousands of people every year visit Saint Bavo’s Cathedral. Many tourists come to see this beautiful building; others come to participate in Holy Mass. Also, it is possible to visit this place during other events like exhibitions or concerts.

Belfort Gent          

  • Just in the opposite side of the square from the Cathedral is located 14th-century Belfry and watchtower which is more than 90 meters tall and is one of three medieval towers in Ghent.
  • We found that this is the tallest belfry in all Belgium and it is the symbol of the autonomy and independence of the city of Ghent.
  • Just after this trip, we found out that we could observe Ghent from Belfry and I am sure that views from the top of the Belfry should be worth to visit. Do not miss it as we did.
  • The other is Saint Bavo Cathedral and the third we will visit later.

City Pavilion

  • Just behind Belfry, we found City Pavillion, which is the Modern building in the city center and is an architectural masterpiece.
  • Unusual roof, impressive glasses makes this building unique between Ghent's medieval architecture.

Saint Nicholas' Church

  • Gothic style Saint Nicholas Church was built in the 13th century and is one of the most prominent objects in Ghent. To create the church was used bluestones from the Tourney area. This Church is the third medieval tower in Ghent.


  • Korenmarkt is a city square in the center of Ghent. It is located between the river and Saint Nicholas Church and is one of the most attractive locations for the tourist and cultural events.
  • The atmosphere was relaxed, and here you can find and buy gifts, have lunch, or listen to street musicians.

St Michael's Bridge

  • The point where you can see Ghent’s elegant beauty from all sides. Just go up on the bridge. Around you will be visible the most prominent places: Graslei and Korenlei, Saint Michaels church, Saint Nicholas Church, Belfry Tower, and Saint Bavo’s Cathedral.
  • We heard that it is recommended to visit in the evening

Graslei and Korenlei

  • We found information that both quays were part of the old ports since 11 century and now it is a touristic hotspot of the city center of Ghent. It is a lot of cafes around this place. The houses and architecture from the middle ages are just amazing like in all Ghent.Graslei and Korenlei is the place where all the visitors are coming to relax near the water, and this place is probably the most attractive place in the city.

Take a boat trip from Graslei and Korenlei

  • Take a boat ride during your stay in Ghent because it is a unique way to explore the city and listen to the history of Ghent. You can find boat trips from Graslei and Korenlei.

Try French fries                                

  • You are in Ghent or another city in Belgium; you should try French fries or Belgian "Frites." You can always find them at a chips stand in the streets of market squares.
  • The most popular is with beef stew sauce and mayonnaise. 

Gravensteen Castle

  • This castle was built in the 10th century. It used to be one of the strongest moated fortresses in Europe, later it became courthouse and prison, and today it is a museum.
  • Find some time to go inside to see the torture cells with all devices, and from the top, you can observe the city.


Graffiti Street (Werregaren Straat)

  • Graffiti street is a little hidden, and it took a few minutes to find it. Every single place covered with graffiti.
  • What is unique about this street is that it is never the same. If you go to Ghent tomorrow, it is likely that you will see different view that in this video. If you love graffiti, there are more places in Ghent where you can see works by famous artists, and it is possible to take a tour by bike or on foot.

Take the opportunity

  • Some events and sights are unrepeatable, and you can’t plan this. Visiting the same place different time you can see different things, like this female, which used the zip line from the window, the street dancer or the guy, who was likely celebrating his bachelor party.

Enjoy time in Ghent and share this post with friends

I have never been to Belgium but it looks a fasanating place. i love boat trips so i would have to book one if we went
on Feb 19, 2019 | by Katie Davies
I would love to see Ghent one day. I love all the old school architecture. It looks so magical.
on Feb 18, 2019 | by Stacie
We know the city because we have been here 2 years ago and we love it so so much!!
This city is so pretty and there are so many activites to do.
on Feb 18, 2019 | by Hang Around The World
Such an informative post, and the pictures are absolutely beautiful. Love it.
on Feb 18, 2019 | by Catherine
I'd love to visit Ghent one day. I've been to other places in Belgium, but not yet here. Great travel ideas!
on Feb 18, 2019 | by Lisa
I'd love to visit Ghent one day. I've been to other places in Belgium, but not yet here. Great travel ideas!
on Feb 18, 2019 | by Lisa
I had not heard of Ghent until last year when a friend went. Would love to visit one day
on Feb 18, 2019 | by Kara
I would love to try the Belgian Fries with Beef Stew and Mayo! It sounds very interesting!
on Feb 18, 2019 | by Kristy Bullard
I have been to Belgium a few years ago but did not go to Ghent and glad to learn it here. I was only in Brussels for a few days. Your post very details and has good write up on all the landmarks that I should visit. My most wanted to do is take a boat trip from Graslei and Korenlei and I think it is the best way to learn about the history of Ghent.
on Feb 18, 2019 | by kumamonjeng
I've never heard of Ghent before but I love places like this that are full of history! Thank you for providing such a great background.
on Feb 18, 2019 | by Heather
Ghent sounds wonderful! I think walking around the city would be the best way to experience it. There seems to be so many historical sites to take in. I'd love to try "real" French fries!
on Feb 19, 2019 | by Sam
I think that my favourite thing to to would be the boat trip from Graslei and Korenlei!Thank you for the lovely suggestion ! I am looking forward to reading more posts
on Feb 19, 2019 | by georgiana.lohan
I have never been to Belgium before! Ghent sounds like an incredible place to visit.
on Feb 19, 2019 | by Tonya Morris
I would love to visit Belgium one day. I'll have to remember those fries; I've never heard of them served with mayonnaise!
on Feb 19, 2019 | by Sara Welch
Am planning to travel to Belgium, and this guide came at the best time. Thanks.
on Feb 19, 2019 | by John Mulindi
Thank you for sharing with us a few of the things to do there. It was a fun read and as I go through one picture and description from another, I imagine my family and I having fun and enjoying the trip.
on Feb 19, 2019 | by berlin | Momi Berlin
I would love to visit Ghent one day with my family. It looks like there is plenty to do, I'd especially like to visit the castle.
on Feb 19, 2019 | by Yeah Lifestyle
this looks like a great city to visit. thanks for all the info!
on Feb 19, 2019 | by Jasmine
Wow, this place looks incredible. There’s so much to do and see there! Looks like a brilliant place to take the whole family
on Feb 19, 2019 | by Alexandra Cook
Oh wow! I’m not sure I could ever leave that place. it is absolutely the most gorgeous place I’ve ever seen.
on Feb 19, 2019 | by Alexandra Cook
Wow - that looks like an amazing place to visit. I would love to go there someday.
on Feb 20, 2019 | by Shannon Gurnee - Redhead Mom
The castle is something I'd be interested in visiting. Everything looks fun to explore.
on Feb 20, 2019 | by Fatima Torres
So I've never been but my husband has and he keeps telling me we need to go soon!
on Feb 20, 2019 | by Akamatra
Beautiful. I have yet to visit Belgium. I love boat trips so this my kind of trip.
on Feb 20, 2019 | by Garf
There's so much to see. Thanks for compiling this list of things to do out there.
on Feb 20, 2019 | by Fatima Torres
Saint Bavo's Cathedral looks amazing and what a fab destination to explore! Love your travel tips!
on Feb 22, 2019 | by Bella at Dear Mummy Blog
I have never been to Belgium even that I'm not very far from it! These are excellent suggestions of things to do in Ghent, I'd love to go there!
on Feb 24, 2019 | by Nati
Ontvang een waardebon ter waarde van € 500!
on Jun 21, 2020 | by delowae

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