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Ghent is the capital and largest city in the East Flanders province.  During the Middle Ages it was known to be one of the largest cities in Europe and, today, the local port and university ensure that the city is constantly bustling with visitors and busy locals.  One of the busiest times of year is around the “Ghent Festival” which starts on the Saturday before July 21st and lasts for 10 days.  If you plan on visiting during a particularly busy time of year, it would be best to check out all the latest hotel deals in Ghent and book your Ghent hotel room in advance.  Searching online is made even easier with added search criteria like star ratings, types of hotel accommodation in Ghent and even services and facilities. 

Walking around Ghent

When a city has so much to offer in the form of sights and attractions, it really is a shame to spend your time travelling in a car, bus or similar form of transportation.  Instead, make the most of your pleasant surroundings and try to explore as much of the city as you can on foot.  There are plenty of places here that are great for walking and, while taking an easy stroll from your Ghent hotel accommodation, you will be able to really appreciate the sights.

The Ghent University Botanical Garden is just a few steps away from the Citadelpark which makes it quite easy to visit both beautiful areas on the same day.  The Citadelpark was first built somewhere around 1823.  Just half a century later, extensive work was done to modify the park and give it more appeal by moving flowerbeds, adding statues, an open air theatre and various other features. To the east of the city centre and your downtown hotel accommodation in Ghent, you will find the Portus Ganda Marina.  The area is great for enjoying some peace and quiet, taking a walk in the sun and admiring the Abbey of Saint Bavon and the art deco Van Eyck Swimming Pool.

Touring the city of Ghent

There is no better way of getting acquainted with your surroundings than by taking an official tour with an experienced guide.  Some of the tours take you on an interesting, entertaining and educational walk around the to some major sights like the Gravensteen Castle,  St. Bavo’s Cathedral and the various spectacularly built churches and architectural wonders throughout the city.

Alternatively, a boat tour is a great way of being taken around to see some of the sights.  Not only do you get a fun boat ride but your educated guide will tell you all about the local history and attractions as you make your way along the river.

Another option is to do some research online and map out all the sights of Bruges you wish to see.  This will take a fair amount of time, planning and patience.  You will also need to take into account admission fees at each attraction so that you can plan your budget at the same time.  By mapping out your route, you may just be able to rent a bicycle and get around on your own steam and according to your own schedule.  In many ways, renting a bicycle is the way most travellers choose to make their way around Ghent.  The city centre is a car free zone which means that your only means for getting around here from your Ghent accommodation is either on foot or bicycle.  Either way, it’s great for working off those heavy meals.