Travel Ghent City In Belgium Tourist Attractions

Ghent, Belgium is a college town atmosphere that is full of old buildings and history. If Bruges is a city full of tourists in search of a time warp, Ghent is a city full of students and residents just live life ... Like Bruges began as a port, but unlike Bruges, remains an important port. It is a city of flowers flourishing export trade of flowers.

There are museums and ancient architecture, but it is a modern city. It is true that the downtown is a pedestrian area which is like a museum of early Flemish architecture ... and a witness could medieval city, but surrounded by a city of real life. The tourist brochures say it has more historical sites in Antwerp and is more down to earth "real" of Bruges. Although I like Bruges, I think I agree with them.

Is not high on many lists of tourists, but it deserves to be. Though I admit, the only reason we went to Ghent in the first place was because it had received a college student during a summer in the U.S.

As a tourist, is the ancient heart of the city you want to visit. You will find a lot of history to explore within the outline of the walls. Will see gothic impressive sites such as the Cathedral of St. Bavos dramatic and the Castle of the Counts. Medieval center of town is cradled in a loop of the river Lys, which surrounds the old town like a moat.

It's a great city ... Fourth largest in Belgium, but only be dealing with the center. The historic center is divided into "zones". To find your way around the tourist maps you need to become familiar with these areas .... Do not worry, there is no proof and it is not difficult. The historic city center is in the area known as Toren site. To the north is Patershol, which contains many of the best restaurants. To the south is the Kunstenkwartier, where most universities 50,000 students congregate.

There are numerous rivers that passes through the center of the city. The town began as a settlement in the Scheldt and the Lys (Lys) Rivers. But you need not know all the rivers and canals .... I just know that all this water makes the city beautiful.

Castle of the Counts castle fortress is a type of taxation in the heart of the city or area Gravensteen "Gravensteen-site". This imposing castle was rebuilt in 1180 (and then restored in the 19th century). It overlooks the city from that \ 's battlements at the top of the keep and you get a great panoramic view of the city from the tower. Not a real neighborhood in the shadow of medieval castle ... It is still partially surrounded by a medieval moat.

The site area called Toren is the historical heart of the city. This is where you will find Saint Bavo Cathedral in Ghent Altarpiece - The Mystic Lamb by Hubert and Jan Van Eyck. This famous altarpiece of multi-section was completed in 1432, and worth a look if you are an art lover or not.

Walking on the bridge of San Miguel, also at the heart of the city ... Graslei on-site. The Graslei is one of the most picturesque places in the old city center of Ghent. From the bridge, have a wonderful view of the skyline of Ghent with the three impressive towers of St Nicholas Church, the Belfry with its bell tower and St Bavo's Cathedral.

If all of these areas that the sound of the city out ... not, at least not in the historic center. Do not get lost in Ghent ... pedestrian signals are everywhere. So stop and explore this historic Dutch city, you'll be glad you did.

The Rabot Gate, Ghent, Belgium
The Rabot Gate, Ghent, Belgium

Ghent's Het Gravensteen Castle

the Castle of the Counts

St. Bavos's Cathedral

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