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Excursions in Ghent

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Best places to visit in Ghent

Brimming with historical charm and a vibrant cultural scene, Ghent is one of Belgium's most underrated cities. With its picturesque canals, medieval architecture, and bustling town squares, this quaint European gem offers an array of fascinating sites to delight any traveler's senses. As you plan your excursion, consider enlisting the expertise of Happytripz, whose local knowledge will undoubtedly enhance your Ghent adventure.

Ghent is a palette of historical authenticity blended with modern urban flair. Here are some of the city's most irresistible attractions:

  • Gravensteen: Gravensteen stands as a fortress of the past, its walls echoing tales of counts and battles. Visiting this moated castle gives you a firsthand glimpse into medieval life and panoramic views of the city from its battlements. The Castle of the Counts, as it is known, is a must-visit, and its rich history is fascinating. (Google Maps)
  • Saint Bavo's Cathedral: A magnificent sanctuary of worship, Saint Bavo's Cathedral is home to the famed Ghent Altarpiece, renowned as one of the most important works of the early Northern Renaissance. Art enthusiasts and history buffs alike will be enraptured by both the altarpiece's complexity and the cathedral's grandeur.
  • Graslei and Korenlei: Once the center of the medieval port, Graslei and Korenlei are now the beating heart of Ghent's canal-side euphoria. Lined with elegant guild houses, these streets are perfect for a leisurely stroll or a scenic boat tour. Be sure to have your camera ready, as the picturesque setting is nothing short of Instagram-worthy.
  • The Belfry of Ghent: Rising above the city's rooftops, the Belfry is an imposing symbol of Ghent's independence. A climb to the top offers breath-taking views, and the carillon concerts are a melodious bonus. The UNESCO World Heritage site stands next to the Cloth Hall, a testament to the city’s prosperous textile history.
  • Patershol: For a taste of local life, wander through Patershol's narrow streets. This historic quarter's web of alleys hosts an array of delectable restaurants and cozy cafés, where you can indulge in a coffee or a Belgian beer.
  • Ghent City Museum (STAM): Dive into the tale of Ghent at STAM, the city museum chronicles the past and ponders the future. Its interactive exhibits are engaging for all ages, helping visitors to connect with the city's culture and heritage.
  • Friday Market Square (Vrijdagmarkt): Embrace the local hustle and bustle at the Vrijdagmarkt, a historic square surrounded by stately old buildings and home to a market where Ghent reveals its vibrant community spirit every Friday.
  • Museum of Fine Arts (MSK): Art aficionados will revel in the Museum of Fine Arts, with its extensive collection of paintings spanning the Middle Ages to the mid-20th century. Works by famous Flemish masters are prominently displayed, offering a visual feast.

To ensure your visit to Ghent is nothing short of spectacular, let Happytripz curate your itinerary, guiding you to the city’s remarkable nooks and crannies. Their specialized excursions are crafted to reveal the true essence of Ghent, making every moment of your stay memorable.

Whether you're seeking history, art, or culinary delights, Ghent's kaleidoscope of experiences awaits you. These are just some highlights of what the city has to offer, so why not let Happytripz help unveil even more of its hidden wonders during your getaway?

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Juelz Mejia

The guided walking tour through Ghent's historic center was truly a delightful experience. Our guide was knowledgeable and passionate, sharing fascinating stories behind every cobblestone and corner. The pace was comfortable, giving us plenty of time to admire the architecture and snap photos.

Roland Mullins

My partner and I took part in the evening boat tour, and it was magical. Seeing the city lights reflecting on the water was a breathtaking sight, and our guide made sure we caught a glimpse of all the notable landmarks while sharing their history and significance.

Juelz Washington

The bike tour around Ghent was exceptional. Our group was small and the guide made sure each of us was comfortable with our bikes before we set off. The routes chosen were safe yet picturesque, passing through areas I doubt we would have found on our own.

Marcellus Stafford

On our excursion, we discovered hidden gems of Ghent that were off the beaten path. The insights provided by our guide on local culture and lifestyle added a meaningful layer to our visit. It felt like exploring the city with a knowledgeable friend.

Maliyah Medrano

Our day trip to the castles around Ghent, organized by our tour provider, exceeded all expectations. The guide was articulate and engaging, providing a rich context that brought the history of each castle to life. The transportation was comfortable, and the schedule was perfectly planned to avoid any rush.

Avalynn Young

I was thoroughly impressed by the culinary walking tour. Our guide had an excellent relationship with the local vendors, which allowed us to taste a variety of authentic Belgian treats and learn about the history behind them. It was a feast for both the stomach and the mind.

Dilan Yang

The photography tour through Ghent was a unique and rewarding experience. Our guide, an accomplished photographer, shared invaluable tips on capturing the essence of Ghent's stunning architecture and lively street scenes. I came back with a collection of photos that I'm truly proud of.

Brendan Bond

Ghent's evening ghost tour was an unexpected highlight of our trip. The storytelling by the guide left us intrigued and entertained as we explored the city's darker history and spooky legends. The atmosphere was just right - eerie but fun.

Lilyana Palmer

A superb art-focused excursion took us through Ghent's most prestigious museums and galleries. Thanks to our expert guide, we gained a deeper understanding of Flemish art and its influence on European culture. Each stop was well-timed and informative, making it an enriching day out.

Finley Roberts

The kayak trip along the Lys River offered a different perspective of Ghent and was a refreshing way to spend the afternoon. Our guides were attentive and made sure everyone felt confident and safe on the water. The natural scenery complemented by the city's skyline in the distance was memorable.