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Ghent

N 513.215', E 343.475'
2014-10-04
http://www.visitgent.be
Our rating: 8.60
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Ghent is situated at the crossroads between Brussels, Antwerp and Bruges, and therefore is often visited by tourists. Old Town is small. We walked here using the folowing map, it is easy and convenient.

Tourist route in Ghent
Tourist route in Ghent @

Route description can be downloaded here (first click Download, then Detailed travel directions).

We started as usual from the observation deck on the central square. Belfry in Ghent (XIII-XIV century) is also the city's main attraction. The tower has an elevator that stops at several floors, and it makes sense to view all of them.

Entrance is through the secret room, below ground level. During the war Germans made their headquarters here.

Secret room in the Belfry
Secret room in the Belfry Yuriy Buriak

At the top of the tower stands a dragon and one more, the old one, can be found inside the Belfry. Judging by the design, the dragon was a "fire-breathing".

Dragon in the Belfry
Dragon in the Belfry Yuriy Buriak

On the top floor is a unique musical device, operating on the principle of punch cards and managing 40-bells.

Musical device in the Belfry
Musical device in the Belfry Yuriy Buriak

The observation deck offers great views of Ghent. It is definitely one of the best observation decks in Belgium.

View of the Botermarkt from Belfry
View of the Botermarkt from Belfry Yuriy Buriak


Cathedral of St. Nicholas (founded in 1038)
Cathedral of St. Nicholas (founded in 1038) Yuriy Buriak


Emily Brown square
Emily Brown square Yuriy Buriak

Going down from the tower, we went for a walk along the tourist route.

The theater building (the former Royal Dutch Theatre, the end of the XIX century)
The theater building (the former Royal Dutch Theatre, the end of the XIX century) Yuriy Buriak

Stopped near one building and started to read description in the guidebook: "It is as if a hidden musician were playing the soundtrack for your walk, but in reality it will be a student at the academy of music". At this moment we really heard the music somewhere nearby.

Academy of Music
Academy of Music Yuriy Buriak

Town hall

Town Hall of Ghent
Town Hall of Ghent Yuriy Buriak

Friday Market square

Vrijdagmarkt square (Friday Market)
Vrijdagmarkt square (Friday Market) Yuriy Buriak


Vrijdagmarkt square (Friday Market)
Vrijdagmarkt square (Friday Market) Yuriy Buriak


Ghent
Ghent Yuriy Buriak

Next we come to the most interesting part of the old city. This district was once owned by the Count of Flanders. Here stand the castle, built in 1180, but like most castles located in the city center it is not so interesting.

The Gravensteen
The Gravensteen Yuriy Buriak

Cozy squares around it are much better. This district is called Patershol, it has retained its medieval layout, most of the houses were built in the XVII-XVIII centuries. Here lived lawyers and officials, the area was prestigious, but since the beginning of XIX century fell into disrepair and until the Second World War here was a "red-light district".

Ghent
Ghent Yuriy Buriak

Antique doors

Ghent
Ghent Yuriy Buriak

Ghent has canals and canals always increase the tourist attraction of the city.

Ghent
Ghent Yuriy Buriak


Ghent
Ghent Yuriy Buriak


Ghent
Ghent Yuriy Buriak

Bridge Sint-Michielsbrug offers the best views of the city.

Ghent
Ghent Yuriy Buriak


Ghent
Ghent Yuriy Buriak


Alamy

By the way, one of the tram routes of Ghent lead to a ​​Moscow district. This area has received the name, because Russian army was there during the Napoleonic Wars.

Tourist Map of Ghent
Tourist Map of Ghent visitgent.be

Getting to Ghent: city is ideally located between the major Belgian cities. The best way is to go by train, travel time from Brussels 0:40, from Antwerpen 1:00, from Bruges 0:20. Central Station of Ghent is located 2.5 km from the old town which can be reached by tram number 1 to stop Korenmarkt. Buy tickets from the machine at the tram stop.

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