There is something rather special about medieval Ghent, the capital of the province of East Flanders.
Ghent is a city of history. During the Middle Ages, Ghent Belgium was one of the richest and most powerful cities in Europe and even Ghent rivaled Paris as one of Europe's leading cities. The fortress and the view of the city that unfolds before the eyes when ascending its watchtowers give that impression. The fortress — incidentally not for defensive purposes — was built by the local duke, who feared the local merchants; the richer they grew, they sought more of his power. In fact one morning the duke awoke in his castle only to find that his army had left him for the merchants, who simply outbid him.
Next to the fortress stands beautiful Sint-Baafskathedraal. It impresses in any season with its countless natural flower compositions and bouquets. Plunge into the scent of lilies there, as Ghent is famous for its flowerbeds for good reason. Now Ghent Belgium still breathes the atmosphere of a thriving late-medieval city state. The center of Ghent is quite small, so you can walk around on foot or take a bicycle to get around in Ghent.
If you're planning to visit Brussels or Bruges, surely stop over in Ghent as well. Ghent is only a 30-minute train ride away from Brussels. There are also train Brussels Airport to Ghent, train Bruges Ghent, train Antwerp Ghent, train Lille Ghent and train Paris Ghent. If you're visiting Ghent during the weekend, it's much cheaper to get a return ticket (special rate: weekendreturn).
Remember the main language of Ghent is The native language in Ghent is Flemish. It's similar enough to Dutch. Many of the inhabitants will be happy to answer you in Dutch, English or German but not in French.
If you like to stay in Ghent for some days there are hotels in Ghent of various styles according to your financial needs, from luxury to budget and bed and breakfast Ghent. Also there are hostel Ghent Belgium with nice hospitality and service. Some of them are located on a quiet streets in the city center.
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