Belgian Flanders has some well-kept treasures, and Ghent (Ghent in Dutch), a port city at the confluence of the Lys and the Scheldt and the capital of East Flanders, is a good example. Rich in an exceptionally well-preserved medieval architectural heritage - one thinks here of the 12th century castle of the Counts, or the ancient facades of the houses of Graslei, on the banks of the Leie - the Flemish city that gave birth to Charles V is an open-air museum without losing its softness of life and its authenticity. The second most populated city in Belgium after Antwerp, the cultural dynamism is enthusiastically supported by the many students who live there. Ghent's tourist guide takes you for a stroll through its immense squares and cobbled streets, between historic and sumptuous monuments, small popular cafés with a lively atmosphere and quality restaurants. Try the Flemish way of life, Ghent is so pretty!

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When to go to Gent?

When to go to Ghent? The best time to go to Ghent is certainly between June and September, when temperatures become more pleasant and rains less frequent. The Belgian winter is generally rather cool and rainy, while temperatures soften around May. Spring is a pleasant time to visit East Flanders. December, for the markets and Christmas activities, can also be the subject of an escapade of a few days. So when to go to Ghent? Ideally in the summer

How to go to Gent? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

Some tour operators offer tours in the capital of East Flanders, allowing you to discover the architectural and historical heritage along a route marked out in advance. It is also possible to combine the visit of Ghent with a visit to Bruges, Ostend, Antwerp and of course Brussels. The advantage of this type of offer is that it allows you to benefit from advantageous rates in terms of transport and accommodation.

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It's easy to get to Ghent. All you have to do is book a train or plane ticket (the earlier you plan to leave, the cheaper you will be) and accommodation, also in advance. If you have a personal car, the roads in Belgium are in very good condition and make access to Ghent very easy.

To travel in Ghent, there will be no lack of transport between the three tram lines, bus lines, taxis, bicycles and of course walking. The pedestrian centre of the beautiful Flemish city is perfectly adapted to walkers. To reach the surroundings of the city you can also rent a car

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Transportation
  • Book a ferry
  • Car Rental
  • Taxi
Accommodations
  • Find a hotel
  • Holiday rental
  • Airbnb rental
Stays
  • Tailor-made trip
Services / On site
  • Book a table
  • Activities & visits

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When to travel?

When to go to Ghent? The best time to go to Ghent is certainly between June and September, when temperatures become m...
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Weather forecast

Belgium's oceanic climate, influenced by the warm waters of the Gulf Stream, gives Ghent a weather characterized by m...
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Budget

The cost of living in Ghent is comparable to that of France (in the provinces rather than in Paris). Restaurants are...
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Formalities

No visa is required to visit Ghent. For European Union nationals and Swiss citizens, a valid or expired identit...
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Health

No vaccine is required to travel to Ghent. With a real hospital overcapacity, Belgium enjoys excellent sanitary...
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How to travel by yourself?

It's easy to get to Ghent. All you have to do is book a train or plane ticket (the earlier you plan to leave, the che...
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How to get organized?

Some tour operators offer tours in the capital of East Flanders, allowing you to discover the architectural and histo...
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Getting around

To travel in Ghent, there will be no lack of transport between the three tram lines, bus lines, taxis, bicycles and o...
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