Things to do in Ghent — Once Belgiums most prosperous city

Amy Trumpeter
12 min readOct 10, 2023

I’m on a 10 day trip around Belgium and just arrived in Ghent from Bruges. Now I totally loved Bruges, to the extent that I didn’t want to leave so soon! But, let me tell you, when I arrived in Ghent, I felt right at home! The gothic architecture, the student vibes, the amazing food culture….with Ghent you just can’t go wrong. There are so many things to do in Ghent that you could spend three days or more and not get bored!

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Many people who travel to Belgium see Bruges and Brussels, but miss the best city — Ghent. What a pity!

The good news is that even if you don’t have a few days to spare, Ghent is also worth doing as a day trip from Brussels. It’s just half an hour away by train, and the old historic part of Ghent can be seen in just 2–3 hours on foot. So, what are you waiting for, get yourself over to this European haven!

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Things to do in Ghent

There are certain things in Ghent that you absolutely should not miss, including climbing Ghent Belfry and visiting Gravensteen castle. But as well as these things to do in Ghent, I would also encourage you to take a walking tour. You will learn a great deal about the city of Ghent, and also find unexpected places that you wouldn’t have otherwise been aware of. Free walking tours with Legends Tours (tip based) go from outside Hostel Uppelink…



Amy Trumpeter

Hi I’m Amy — travel blogger, dog lover, digital marketer. I write mainly about Europe, Middle East and Southeast Asia. Getting into drones!