Visiting Ghent – Promenade through an enchanting Belgian city

I hope you enjoyed my last post about Iceland because today, I’m going to talk about my lovely Belgium and more specifically about Ghent :-)

There is so much to see and to experience in Ghent for architecture lovers ! Walking in the city is like walking through a historical painting and stepping back in time. We were there only for a day, and we focused mainly on the monuments and the architecture and less on the museums.

The green spots were really hidden, and we didn’t come across any during our wanderings around the town. This would require further exploration; they must be tucked away in quieter corner of the city :-)

We spent a lot of time around the Graslei, considered by many as the most beautiful part of the city. The Graslei is an old medieval port with its unique row of historical buildings, which are reflected in the water of the river. There are a lot of café and restaurant around, this is the busiest part of the town ! We had beer nearby and enjoy the warm autumnal sun outside. It was nice !

We stayed until it was completely dark, and Ghent by night is a must do ! When the sun sets, the city is completely different.

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79 responses to “Visiting Ghent – Promenade through an enchanting Belgian city

  1. Yes, Gent is indeed a lovely place, and your photos do it justice. Glad to see you were able to stay for the evening, when it is indeed magical. What’s your connection with Belgium, I wonder?

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        • I think your wesbite is amazing and I haven’t visited half of the things you mentioned in the Flemish region ! When we are born in a place we don’t really try to visit that much.. that’s my feeling. I’ve seen more things in the UK than some of my friends who have been living here for 35 years. Have you visited Namur and its citadelle ? That’s my hometown but I cannot find anything about it on your blog ;-)

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  2. Looks like a beautiful city – love your photos. I have been hearing some great things about Ghent so I really must go visit – it’s not too far away really. Thanks for linking to #citytripping

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    • I’ve lived in Belgium for 29 years and only been to Ghent once :D This is very strange, I don’t know why I’ve never been there… always been to Bruges instead. But Ghent is really pretty !

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  3. Ghent looks beautiful and is not that far from us (we are in the Netherlands) so its always on my list for a quick weekend trip. It seems like a beautiful town to stroll around and enjoy! #CityTripping

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    • I think Brussel, Bruges and Ghent are the best towns in the North of the Country. The architecture is great. I came originally from South of Belgium, where nature and outdoors are the best sights.

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  4. I had been to Belgium several times with tour group and all we got to see is the castle and then we will on our way to another city. Your photos show the beauty of the city which I have not seen before and will definite plan my trip to spend at least a few days in this city for my next trip to Europe.

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  5. Beautiful photos Gin :) Ghent looks a bit like Bruges which we visited a couple of years or so ago – that was also so attractive especially at night (we were there during a very warm spring and it was lovely to wander down the old streets in the evenings). I love the architecture and look forward to reading more about Belgium from your perspective! Have a great weekend :)

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      • I think we sometimes forget when doing a blog that is travel related, that our home countries are also interesting for other readers who don’t live there! Initially I recounted my travels overseas but now I also mix things up with posts about Western Australia in particular, as it’s a really beautiful part of the world, which many people won’t have had the chance to visit! Look forward to more posts on Belgium! :)

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        • You are right ! I didn’t think Belgium could be interesting until I stumbled upon a blogger that was planning a trip to Belgium ! I was a bit shocked at first, then I was thinking, why not, there are some beautiful sights in Belgium and I should start blogging about them :D

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    • If you have the chance, it’s worth a visit ! (even an afternoon). I’m looking through the windows and it’s raining so much this morning ! I hope it will clear up soon ! Have a nice day too :-)

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  6. Thanks for posting your wonderful pictures. We’ve been to Bruges and loved it, but Ghent looks even more amazing. And since it’s (relatively speaking) around the corner, I think one of our next weekend getaways will be this lovely town. :)

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    • Me too, I loved Bruges ! I’ve been there so many times, in every season and each time, It’s a wonder of my eyes. Ghent looks also very nice, but Bruges really caught my eyes :-)

      I wonder if they have xmas market, it’s going to be the season for them, maybe you will get the chance to visit them as well :-)

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    • I hope so ! Even if it’s cold, it’s not a big deal, as long as it doesn’t rain. But if it’s raining, you can always visit plenty of museums :-) I hope you will have fun over there ! They have amazing fruity beers (cherry, apricot, strawberry) and even if you don’t like beer, I would recommend to give it a go, it’s surprising ! (I don’t like traditional beer myself)

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    • Hmm Bruges, Ghent and Brussel are the Golden circle of Belgium. It’s not too far from each other, situated in the North part of the country, and it’s a must-do if you love architecture. I think that’s the best places in Belgium. If you like Nature and old castles, the South is better of course, but less convenient if you don’t rent a car

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    • It must have been very busy during summer as it was already very busy in mid-november (which is supposed to be an off-peak moment). I think you can visit this town any season ! But having a drink in the sun must be very pleasant !

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