Ghent City Center, Ghent

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Guildhalls along a small canal make Ghent City Center a favorite stopping place for tourists. The city isn't included in many guided tours of Belgium and maintains the feel of a local, undiscovered destination. In the center you have your choice of restaurants and bars with views of stunning architecture and the river. Tour at your leisure the central Belfort en Lakenhalle, or the "Belfry and Cloth Hall," as well as the cathedral where Charles V was baptized. Consider a walking tour through the narrow streets and across the canal bridges to gain a fuller appreciation of this historic center. Using our world travel planner, Ghent attractions like Ghent City Center can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • A while since we visited Ghent. The light festival (more than 800,000 visitors) experience, was an ideal opportunity to there 3 days. Ghent offers however more than the light festival; a historical town centre, the authentic Patershol, the University area, magnificent facades, restaurants everywhere and especially traffic-free. Uninterrupted hiking, strolling untroubled. In short, Ghent: friendly, creative, lively and tourist oriented.
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  • Ghent is a beautiful city. Old and new, always moving, always new things to discover. And also outside the village.
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  • The light festival was fantastic. Very good geoorganiseerd and allows a large part of the city. Pleasant surprise.
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One of Belgium's main cities, Ghent offers a good variety of places to stay. Because of its proximity to the capital city of Brussels and the city of Bruges, Ghent has fewer options than one might expect for a city of its size. Locals recommend booking a room in advance. The city has options for travelers on any budget, from inexpensive hostels to pricier hotels, with most visitors choosing to stay within the historical center. Prices drop slightly as you move away from the Old Town.
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