Churches, blue skies and historical buildings – Ghent, Belgium


On Valentine’s Day I spent my day with my mom on a one-night visit to Ghent, a small town in Belgium around 2 hours train ride from The Hague where I live. It’s a beautiful, typical European city with lots of things to visit, and it was a very enjoyable two days spent, with great sunny weather, lovely company, amazing waffles, and delicious beer.

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Our first destination when we arrived was the Gravensteen Castle, really close to the tourist information center and city center. It’s an old building built in the medieval times and lived in by unique counts and soldiers. Definitely listen to the audio guide and enjoy the scenery from the top of the castle. It’s interesting to hear about the lives of people in the medieval ages.

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View from on top of Gravensteen Castle

Another very lovely point of interest is the St Bavo’s Cathedral, located in a square called Korenmarkt which is where all the stores and restaurants are located. It’s a lovely place to visit and you can come inside to feel the old, historical and holy cathedral.

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St Bavo’s Cathedral

Across from it you can also climb the Belfort tower, the viewtower with bells and a great description of old bells and how to make them. From on top you can also have a lovely view of the city.

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Korenmarkt and Het Belfort van Ghent

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Not too far from there you can also spot another old and beautiful Gothic building, which is the Sint-Niklaas church which you can also enter.

As the sun was setting we also walked across the St Michiel bridge, which is beautiful with the St Michiel church nearby and the view of all the Gothic monuments not too far. The city also has a lot of canals and rivers, which makes it similar to the Netherlands and also beautiful to walk across.

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St Michielsbrug

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All in all the city was a wonderful place to visit, especially if you’re craving for European small, not too touristic locations that are beautiful to take pictures of. It’s cute and friendly, lots of lovely people and food, and of course the scenery is just gorgeous.

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Talk to you next time, Ayunda

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