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Overview about Ghent
Home to 250,000 people, Ghent is the hidden gem in Belgium’s crown. Once a hidden secret but now blooming as a fashionable destination. It is a rare and a vibrant city with over 300 restaurants and numerous magical places whom are able to preserve both its non ending treasures and unmatchable night life. Ghent’s Centre showcases medieval Flemish wealth and business success. Ghent’s glory days were the 14th & 15th Centuries, when the buoyant cloth trade made this city the “Manhattan of the Middle Ages”. Architectural delights that include Gothic, Romanesque and Baroque Churches are ready to stun you by their beauty. Ghent has a huge network of canals and endless streets to explore which are the highlights of this region.
Ghent has not only the largest number of buildings in Belgium but also has the record number of monuments in such a small area. Such peaceful place has not only monuments for pleasing your eyes but it has a lively range of bars, clubs and restaurants, you can say that Ghent has something to offer everyone. A large area of the city is pedestrianised making it easier to view by walking on a foot or by bike. Monuments of Ghent are best to watch at night when they are illuminated so we recommend night time stroll.
The summer in Belgium is similar to that of United Kingdom. The summer’s average temperature is 16 but winters are mostly unexpected. The weather in Ghent is certainly very unpredictable throughout the year; you never know when the sun will shine and when it rains so one must pack his bags for all seasons. In winter days are short but in summer it is not unusual to enjoy the sunset at 9 or 10 pm. The city is less crowded in late autumn to early spring but is at its prettiest in the summer when more things place outdoors and the best way of passing time is to sit in a cafe terraces to soak up the atmosphere.
Another best time to visit Ghent will be 9 – 20 October, feast your eyes on the Flanders International Film Festival which is held between 9 – 20 Oct. It presents more than 150 feature films and 90 shorts to over 100,000 spectators, concentrating on independent films, shorts and Seminars.
To get a perfect feel of this beautiful place make your first stop at the Six-Story Belfort (Belfry), a UNESCO world Heritage Site, which was built between 1313 and 1380, or, follow the winding lanes past 900-plus listed buildings, than take a water boat ride past the canal side gabled ware houses and along the two rivers which meet here – the Rivers Lys and Scheldt. After a rest of a day grab a Belgian beer and walk and relax yourself on the canal side to enjoy a sunset.
One of the most picturesque streets which overlooks the River Leie on the site of the City. Lined with the perfectly built guildhouses, including the Toll House at No 11 is the smallest in the City.
Wide variety of shops and numerous pedestrian shopping streets Ghent is an ideal city to go for shopping. Shops are normally open from 10am – 6pm Monday – Saturday and closed on Sundays.Volderstraat and Veldstraat are the main shopping streets of Ghent, these streets are full of larger stores and well known chains as well as smaller shops which are even 100 years old such as Cigar and Fountain-pen shop Carn, which is mostly visited by the writers.
When night has fallen one must enjoy a night at Royal Opera or sit by a canal side with a Belgian beer in hand or visit Het Waterhuis aan de Bierkant to get a long list of Belgian beers this place has 100 Belgian beers to satisfy your appetite. Ghent has a first rate of bars which range from student haunts to modern high-tech places. Bars are dotted all around the Ghent. Nightclubs with live-shows and live orchestras are mainly to be found around the Zuid Quarter and other popular areas are around the vicinity od the Three Towers. Students of Ghent mainly find their entertainment near the Sint-Pietersplein although these places are often closed at the weekends when students leave the city.