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- The tour of the castle was amazing and informative; we learned so much history of the area. The views from the top were amazing as it gave such a beautiful view of the city as a whole.Written September 24, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- I have such fond memories of sitting on the canal, book-in-hand, admiring the gorgeous scenery, and, when suffering from reading fatigue, exploring the side streets. It is absolutely a beautiful part of the city, right near other main tourist attractions. I walked across those canals for hours, enjoying the atmosphere and the unique, one-of-a-kind architecture. Exquisite.Written September 21, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Wonderful place. Really worth reading up on the altarpiece before you come. We only did the 40 min tour. I wished I had paid for the 60min one.Written September 17, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- I’m here for work and came in a few days early to explore the city. It is easily walkable with all kinds of shops on each of the cobblestoned streets. Architecture is stunningly medieval. The churches have bells which go off every hour- such an amazing vibe. Ghent is safe; people are friendly. Perfect place to visit.Written September 25, 2023
- When in Ghent for a few hours on our way to the F1 at Spa we took a walk across St. Michael's Bridge, a monumental stone arch bridge over the River Leie built around 1909. The bridge is the work of architect Louis Cloquet.
Views from the bridge are fabulous and give great tourist photo opportunities. You can see the Graslei and Korenlei with Gravensteen Castle further off. As well as the three Ghent towers: St Nicholas' Church, the Belfry of Ghent and the St. Bavo's Cathedral. It really is a great place to get a snapshot of beautiful historic Ghent (Gent). Well worth a visit.Written August 5, 2023
- I decided to climb up the Belfry. However, it is not strenuous at all, because an elevator is provided. One can see how the drum works, and see the bell, before having the privilege of the view. It is four-sided view, unobstructed by any guard-railings. It is a really wonderful view of the city of Ghent. I remember just being fascinated, standing up there for ten-fifteen minutes admiring the architecture of the buildings adjacent to the Belfry (Ghent is a small town; most of the major attractions were in eye-view up there). Truly wonderful.Written September 21, 2023
- Really appreciated the reception accepted my press card unlike the RUDE reception at the Museum of Fine Arts. Love that ALL the permanent exhibition placards are translated in English and French. I found Ghent’s history and the numerous artifacts to illustrate that very well-presented. It’s definitely a compact museum, with the modern history given shorter shrift.
The medieval refractory is beautiful. The museum wasn’t crowded at all on Saturday at noon.
As for the temporary exhibition, it’s unfortunately not translated into English. It’s on skylines. I found that less interesting anyway and ran out of time so wasn’t as big a deal for me.Written August 18, 2023
- What a fantastic museum. Not too big and there were only two other people when we went on Friday 18 Aug 2023. There are some wonderful Flemish paintings - 14th c to 20th. Just a joy to walk around and look at the paintings without other people.
They are also restoring/xraying panels from the Ghent Altarpiece and you can watch.
The museum is in a nice park too.Written August 23, 2023
- St. Nicholas Church is one of the oldest and most prominent landmarks in Ghent, Belgium. Construction begun in the early 13th century and continued through the rest of the century. It is built in the local Scheldt Gothic style of architecture. Entry is free of charge and it is a very beautiful church with super high vaulted ceilings and an impressive altar. Certainly worth a quick visit when exploring Ghent.Written August 5, 2023
- This is the place to escape the urban bust in downtown Ghent. Patershol is a pleasant and peaceful area north of the popular cathedrals. Visitors can freely wander around cobblestoned alleys and historic houses without any crowd.Written June 11, 2023
- Kraanlei is waterfront street north of Ghent's major historic squares. Less crowded than Graslei, it is a pleasant place to experience the past grandeur of the Belgian city or simply enjoy some relaxing moments. More interested travelers may want to join the boat tour.Written June 11, 2023
- Very interesting museum giving insight on how the lives of the townspeople changes over the years up to the end of the 20th centuryWritten June 19, 2023
- Striking exterior, with a multitude of black marble columns on the front side of the building. Located near the old belfort.Written January 23, 2023
- Downtown Ghent is full of small squares and this is a larger one in the historic city center. Korenmarkt is full of Golden Ages guildhalls and close to the Belgian city's picturesque canal. Do spend some time here.Written June 11, 2023
- Ghent's former post office is now a revamped shopping mall with boutiques and a supermarket. Right at a busy square of downtown Ghent, De Post is an interesting place to explore while in the city. The shop is not particularly impressive, though.Written June 11, 2023
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