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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  • Nice and fun city centre. If you like sweets, try the typical sweets from Gent. And if you are here around christmas: everything is closed on the 25th and 26th. So prepare for some boring hours.  more »
  • The town is so beautiful with lots to see and do. It has lots of great bars and restaurants to visit in-between museums and monuments. Boast rides, horse and carriage rides, and a fabulous castle. The...  more »
  • I know, I am a local here. But I can' t deny the appeal of this town! Being a university town, you've got a lively, brewing, artistic, musical epicentre, full of more than you can chew! The City centr...  more »

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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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