Is Ghent Worth Visiting?

Ghent, located in the Flemish region of Belgium, is a historic city known for its medieval architecture, stunning canals and lively cultural scene. This quintessential Belgian city is renowned for its well-preserved 12th-century castle, the 'Gravensteen', and the Saint Bavo's Cathedral which houses the world-famous 'Adoration of the Mystic Lamb' painting by the Van Eyck brothers. Ghent's picturesque cityscape, filled with charming old guildhouses and a vibrant street art scene, is best observed from the river Leie on a quiet boat tour. Famous for its local specialities like 'Gentse Waterzooi', a creamy fish stew, and traditional beer breweries, Ghent offers a tantalising culinary experience that beautifully complements its endless historic charm. The enthralling city of Ghent, with its perfect blend of the contemporary and the medieval, is undoubtedly a bucket-list staple for cultural connoisseurs and travel enthusiasts alike.

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Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 6 experiences

Rating summary

Things to do

4.6/5

Safety

4.6/5

Food

4.6/5

Budget-friendly

2.6/5

Solo travel experience

Ghent is an amazing city to go to as a woman. It's very safe, many cool things to do and very open-minded. You can easily walk alone at night and ask for help in any bar or club if you are feeling unsafe. The prices are a bit high, but you can find some nice budget places such as Panos or other chains.

Posted: August 15, 2023Experienced: June, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

To be done: - Enter the historical center - Stroll around (St. Michael's Bridge, Patershol, Gravensteen Castle, Graslei, Korenlei) - Lunch on the waterfront at Delerium Bruges - Walk around the historical center (The Markt and Belfry, Burg Square and Town Hall, Rozenhoedkaai) - Climb up the Belfry to admire the beautiful view - Boat trip on the canal (stunning!) - Shopping

Posted: November 5, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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To Do: - Cross the St. Michael's Bridge - Take a walk around Graslei and Korenlei - Go on a canal tour - Visit Gravensteen Castle - Climb the Belfort Tower Safety: Ghent is a very safe city. There's nothing to worry about. Recommendations: Ghent is a cool city and definitely worth visiting! I highly recommend a day trip there.

Posted: September 16, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Things to do: - Go on a boat trip - Visit Castle Hrabia - Visit the Bell Tower - Visit Graffiti Street Safety: This is as safe as anywhere else in Europe. Recommendations: Ghent is cool, I spent the whole day walking.

Posted: September 9, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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To do: - Gravensteen - Cathedral of Saint Bavo - SMAK - Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art - Museum of Fine Arts - Church of Saint Nicholas - Design Museum Gent - Graslei - STAM - City Museum of Ghent - Saint Michael's Bridge Safety: Ghent is a wonderful place to visit and is as safe as it can be in Europe. Recommendations: Ghent is also a charming city and can be visited during a day trip.

Posted: September 2, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Local tips

Ghent is really a charming place! Many open minds, one of the larger cities in Belgium, although much smaller compared to Brussels or Antwerp. It's full of modern and authentic cafes, plenty of places to eat where no one looks at you when you sit alone. Beautiful views, charming streets and historical buildings, alternative areas, as well as more typical shops. Green and less crowded areas near the city center. It really has everything to offer, both for short trips and for solo travels.

Posted: November 4, 2022
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Barbara

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Hello, I'm Barbara and I'm interested in cinema, animals, camping, live music, nature, solo travel, swimming, writing and van life

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Jane

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Im a 17 year old girl.

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Maartje

Maartje

Ghent

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Hi, i am Maartje! Fulltime coffeeaddict, bookaddict and catlover!(although i don't mind dogs neither). Soon i'll travel to Australia, so i hope to meet up some people over there!

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Ghent

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Heyhey i like solo traveling and meeting people traveling. I like adventure but i’m not that good in planning, witch makes it adventurous all by itself. I live to talk and dance and I get really fascinated by watching people. I study performance and have a large interest feeld.

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