Ghent (Gent), Belgium

Ghent, Belgium
View into the Graslei Street, Ghent, Belgium. Taken by Wikimedia Commons user Alvesgaspar.

Population: 248,242 (2013)

Language(s): Dutch, French, German

Area: 156 km2 (60 mi2)

Dialing Code: +32 09

Electricity Adapter: 230 V, 50 Hz, Plug Types C & E

Time Zone: Central European Time UTC+1 (Summer CEST UTC+2)


Ghent is the second-largest municipality in Belgium, and it is the capital of the East Flanders province of Belgium. It is quite a popular tourist destination, as it is a canal city like Amsterdam. It was once one of the largest and most powerful cities in western Europe, and the remaining medieval architecture alone is worth the visit. Today, it is a bustling university city, with a decent nightlife and social scene to entertain any type of visitor. Each year, the ten-day-long “Ghent Festival” (Gentse Feesten in Dutch) is held, the third-largest city festival in all of Europe; about two million visitors attend each year. The center of Ghent is the largest car-free area in the country.

Top Things to Do and See in Ghent:

  • Museum voor Schone Kunsten (Museum of Fine Arts)
  • SMAK/Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (City Museum for Contemporary Art)
  • Design Museum
  • Gentse Feesten (Ghent Festival)
  • Gravensteen Castle
  • Saint Bavo Cathedral

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