In August 2014 I decided to visit Ghent one of the most emblematic cities of Belgium. It is a city that can be visited in a day without problem.
The city can be visited walking and enjoying its streets and its cozy atmosphere.
The best time to visit is in the summer months, when temperatures are highest, the rains are very regular throughout the year.
These are the main places to visit in Ghent:
Ghent City Hall
The City Council stands out for being formed by two very different parts built a century apart.
The oldest part faces the Hoogpoortstraat street built in 1518 and the newer one located towards the Botermarkt built in 1622.
You can visit the interior which is very elegant and impressive from May to October.
Belfry of Ghent
With a height of more than 90 meters and crowned by a weather vane of a dragon, this bell tower was used as a watchtower.
It is one of the three medieval towers that dominate the old town of Ghent, together with the Cathedral of San Bavón and the Church of St. Nicholas.
Its construction began in the 14th century as a symbol of the autonomy of Ghent, which was one of the main urban centers.
Castle of the Counts
It is the only castle in the province of Flanders with an almost intact walled. In addition to being a residence for the nobility, it has been used as a municipal jail.
You can visit its interior for about € 10 and visit different rooms in which the old Torture Hall stands out as sinister. It also highlights the Tower of homage from where you get beautiful views of the city.
Located in the historic center of Ghent, it has been an important commercial point where the wheat market once stood.
Two of the buildings on the square stand out, the Church of San Nicolás and the old post office.
The restaurants and terraces make it one of the most atmospheric places in the city.
St. Nicholas Church
Together with the Cathedral of San Bavón, it is the most important religious building in the city.
It is one of the oldest buildings in Ghent, built in the 13th century.
You can visit the interior free of charge, where the organ that was built by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, one of the most important organ makers in history, stands out.