Explore the Medieval City of Ghent

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Belgium's hidden gem

The city of Ghent lies between Brussels and touristic city of Bruges. It is often overlooked by travelers who choose to visit its more famous neighbors. One may say that this has been a good thing about the city since it has based its development in other areas beyond tourism. It is a prominent cultural hub and a major university town with thousands of students giving it a very lively vibe.

The city lies at the confluence of the Leie and Scheldt rivers and during the Middle Ages it was a prominent city-state. The center of the city is pedestrianized and it is famous for its medieval architecture, such as 12th-century Gravensteen castle and the Graslei, a row of guildhalls beside the Leie river harbor.

Walking around the city and the river banks is a wonderfully joyful experience with plenty to admire. But as already mentioned, the city has a calm vibe that you should let yourself be carried out. Grad a waffle and sit at the bank of the river to enjoy the evening or get a beer in a bar. Hang out with people in the parks and squares and enjoy the music.

The city's colors having a medieval architecture seem kinda depressing, however at the first sunshine everything looks spectacular. The weather changes very quickly though. Be prepared for heavy rain and wonderful sun at the same afternoon, so always carry a waterproof shell with you!

The best way to reach the city is by train and the pin on the map marks the central station at Ghent.

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