Ghent, formerly known as Gaunt in English is a city and municipality situated in the Flemish region of Belgium. It’s the capital and biggest city of the East Flanders province. Ghent once started as a settlement situated at the banks of the Scheldt and Lys Rivers in the Middle Ages and became one of the largest and richest cities of North Europe. Today it’s a city with a population of 250 thousand people.
In a unique and brilliant way, Ghent has managed to keep its Middle Ages power while keeping up with present time. Ghent has turned to the third biggest city of Belgium, and according to locals and tourists the most beautiful one. The city center alone proves it, which is a showcase of Middle Ages wealth and commercial success. It may remind some of Bruges, yet it’s slightly better and expanded. Ghent has more of a city feel, with a good combination of cultural sightseeing, nightlife, fine dining and shopping experiences without a overwhelming tourist flavor.
Of course, Modern Ghent cannot be missed, the city has an important port where large boat arrive and depart through the Ghent-Terneuzen canal. It’s possible for tourists to take a tour and see the port with their own eyes, it’s also advised to bring a digital camera. While the port is an interesting attraction other sightseeing’s may not be missed including the Count’s Castle, the Belfry, the Graslei and Saint Bavon’s Cathedral. The city is also famous for Ghent Festivities, the biggest street theater festival in Europe hold each year at the end of July. A 10 day festival where every hour a street performance is taking place from street artists from all over the world.
Travelers to Ghent need a valid passport and return ticket. For stays that do not exceed 90 days a visa is not required. English is not widely spoken in Ghent, might as well bring yourself a French and Dutch dictionary or learn a few words. The best time to visit Ghent is during the summer months from July till August.