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Trip List by seolram

3 days of culture and food in Ghent

Oct 4, 2011  recent trips
3.0 of 5 stars based on 2 votes

3 days of leisure, enjoying Belgian life.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Ghent
  • Category: Recent trip
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Shopping, Never been before, Repeat visitors
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Singles, Students, Budget travelers, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Ghent
    Ghent

    Arrive by train around 11:30, take the tram into town from the trainstation

  • 2. Cour Saint George
    http://www.courstgeorges.be/en/index.php

    The oldest hotel of Europe! To bad they modernized the rooms, I loved the old-style rooms. Breakfast room is still great
    (Sofitel is just across the street, also lovely, and it has a good bar where you can also have a drink when you're not a guest)

    Next to the hotel you can get a quick snack and a drink just before going into town: Den Turk is the oldest bar in town and often has live Jazz

  • 3. Ghent Town Hall (Stadhuis)
    Ghent Town Hall (Stadhuis), Ghent

    13:15 Saint George is near the townhall so why not have a look?

  • 4. Gravensteen Castle
    Gravensteen Castle, Ghent

    14:00 Biggest attraction in Ghent: Only surviving medieval castle in Flanders with an (almost) intact defense system, the gate , rampart, stables, tower, all visible to the public (including an expostion about torture, a courtmuseum and weaponry museum)

  • 5. Het Waterhuis aan de Bierkant
    Het Waterhuis aan de Bierkant, Ghent

    16:00 after all this history it's time to grab a nice belgian beer, with 300 kinds it's hard to choose, great terrace and when it's colder: nor problem, inside is cozy as well!

  • 6. 't Galgenhuisje
    't Galgenhuisje, Ghent

    After dinner (you have to try 'Gentse Waterzooi', it's delicious!)
    go for a drink at the smallest cafe in town

  • 7. Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle)
    Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle), Ghent

    Day2 10:00 after a nice breakfast in the lovely breakfastroom it's just a little walk over to the Belfort, 95m. high, second tower in the tower-row of Ghent. Building started in 1314

    At the lakenhallen you have to look for the story of the 'Mammelokker'

  • 8. St. Bavo's Cathedral (Sint-Baafskathedraal)
    St. Bavo's Cathedral (Sint-Baafskathedraal), Ghent

    11:00 of course you have to visit the buildings where the other 2 towers of the row are attached to, one of the is this Cathedral, where you can visit the Crypt and see the tryptich of Jan v. Eijk (you'll have to pay extra to see that.)

    11:30 time for the third building: the St. Niklaaskerk (church)

  • 9. BENNESTEEGSKE
    BENNESTEEGSKE, Ghent

    12:00 time to get warm with a nice hot chocolate or a cuppa tea, nice view on the leien, the canals.

  • 10. Graslei and Korenlei
    Graslei and Korenlei, Ghent

    12:45 take a boat tour to see the marvellous houses at Graslei and Korenlei, see the town from a different side.

  • 11. Dulle Griet
    Dulle Griet, Ghent

    13:30 Grab some belgian fries on the way and go visit the old cannon called 'Dulle Griet'. Near it you will find a pub with the same name. Order a 'Maximilliaan', a big dark beer in a special glass, to obtain the beer you'll have to hand over one of your shoes, which they will hang in the top of the ceiling, untill you've finished your beer.

    At van den Abeele, a backery that's near to Dulle Griet, you can buy Gentse Mokken and babbeluten, some typical sweets from this town.

    Go for a walk and visit St. Jacobschurch.

  • 12. St. Michael's Bridge
    St. Michael's Bridge, Ghent

    15:00 Of course you have to walk over this famous bridge with the fantastic view

  • 13. Design Museum Gent
    Design Museum Gent, Ghent

    15:30 if you are into art deco, decorative design etc. this is the museum for you (you might even regognize some furniture from your grandparent's house

  • 14. Patershol
    Patershol, Ghent

    16:30 wander around in the oldest area of town, really fun, great atmosphere

  • 15. Amadeus
    Amadeus Ghent 1, Ghent

    18:00 best ribs in town, fantastic atmosphere, great decorationsm, brilliant '20-'50s music! you can take wine from the bottle on the table and afterwards they will messure how much you drank and that's what you'll have to pay, so you don't have to drink everything in the bottle!

    If you fancy another belgian beer after dinner: try the 'Trollenbar' .

  • 16. Flea Market St. Jacobs
    http://www.brocantmarkt-sintjacobs-gent.be/index-uk.html

    Day 3, our last day in Ghent. After brealfast and checking out, leave your luggage at the reception, since we are going to use this day to the fullest!

    09:30 First stop: the flea market. Every Saturday and Sunday 8am-1 pm, all year.

    After your visit, walk by 'Geraard de Duivelsteen, beautiful building, now it keeps the archives of the city, when you're in luck you can sneak a peak inside.

  • 17. Our Lady Ter Hoyen Beguinage
    Our Lady Ter Hoyen Beguinage, Ghent

    11:00 also cold the 'small beguinage', but it's anything but small! lovely atmosphere, really a must-see-attraction. The last beguine in Ghent died in 2008, now other people live in the houses of the beguinage.

  • 18. De Boekentoren (The Tower of Books)
    De Boekentoren (The Tower of Books), Ghent

    12:15 a modern building (1933, finished in 1939) where now the university library is established, sometimes there's an open house, guided tours in the building, but you can also contact the library by email to get access.

  • 19. Frietketel
    De Frietketel, Ghent

    12:45 time for the best belgian fries in town

  • 20. St. Peter's Abbey
    http://www4.gent.be/sintpietersabdij/

    13:30 a bit of a walk over there but the building alone is worth it. Nowadays there's an Art Centre established here with some great expositions. Nearby you will find the Citadelpark, for a nice stroll. (parts of the old kazematten are still visible)

    After this visit it's time to collect our luggage at the hotel reception and fins our way back to the station.

    Hope you had a nice time!