Ghent is a beautiful city located in the Flemish region of Belgium. It’s the third largest city in the country and is known for its rich history, stunning architecture and vibrant cultural scene. for everyone.
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Ghent has a wide range of visual arts, festivals, film, literature, music, dance, performing arts and artistic projects. Discover its historic houses, museums about the city, contemporary art, folklore, design ... . There is something for everyone.
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If you just want to getaway from the busy streets or take a break in between meetings, a park is a perfect place to go! As it happens, Ghent also has a lot of green spaces!
More into something active? In Ghent, cyclists rule the streets! The city provides a range of (guided) bicycle tours around and in the city!
With a guide or rather on your own? Everything is possible in Ghent! Explore the historical, gastronomical, artsy city with off-the-shelf trips.
Ghent for food lovers
Food-lover? Lucky you! Ghent is the place to be with its wide range of restaurants, bars and cafés. Make your mouth water with gastronomic or fusion cuisine. Foodies will definitely feel at home here, Ghent is the veggie capital of Europe, and its young rock-star chefs are making waves in the international food scene.
Have a guide show you around the city on foot, by boat or in a carriage. Do you prefer to go out on your own? . Here you will also find all the information about shopping, going out and relaxation.
Ghent is the festival city par excellence!
As a city of culture, Ghent hosts many festivals. The main ones are the Gent Jazz Festival (July), Gentse Feesten (July), Festival van Vlaanderen (September-October) and the Ghent Film Festival (October) and the Ghent Light Festival (every 3 years in January, February).
But during the rest of the year you can also come here for smaller theatre, film and music festivals.
Ghent Light up
As soon as darkness falls, it becomes light again in Ghent. That's when thousands of lamps and spotlights switch on all over the city, forming the Ghent Lighting Plan. The carefully created atmospheres and accents enchant the city. So Ghent is ideal for a romantic stay! The Lighting Plan is a concept by renowned lighting designer Roland Jéol. In 2004, the City of Ghent won the International City-People-Light Award for this and the plan was given 3 stars in the Michelin travel guide.
You can admire the lighting during a Light Walk with or without a guide.
Christmas markets in Ghent under the name "Winter in Ghent"
Experience the magic of the holiday season at the Christmas markets in Ghent. With its charming cobblestone streets, historic buildings, and festive atmosphere, Ghent is the perfect place to celebrate the holidays.
The Christmas markets in Ghent offer a unique shopping experience, with vendors selling everything from handcrafted ornaments and gifts to delicious treats and warm drinks. Wander through the stalls and sample traditional Belgian delicacies like waffles, chocolate, and mulled wine, all while taking in the sights and sounds of the season.
The city's historic squares and landmarks are transformed into winter wonderlands during the Christmas season, with twinkling lights and decorations creating a festive ambiance. The Sint-Baafsplein square, in particular, is a must-visit destination, with a giant Christmas tree and a skating rink for visitors to enjoy.
So, come experience the magic of the holidays in Ghent and create unforgettable memories with your loved ones. The Christmas markets are held every year from the second weekend of December to 31st of December, so there's plenty of time to explore and soak up the holiday spirit.
To make your experience even better, check to make sure the dates match your trip and book at the Monasterium Hotel in the heart of Ghent, located just a short walk from the Christmas markets. We offer cozy accommodations, delicious breakfast, and a warm, welcoming atmosphere.
Don't miss out on this magical and enchanting experience! Plan your trip today and experience the magic of the holidays in Ghent.
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