More about Ghent

Ghent is a beautiful medieval town in the heart of Flanders. Predominantly now a university town, it has a vibrant student culture, with plenty of cafes, bookshops, art museums and bars, including Napoleon's reported favorite (Den Turk, Botermarkt). At its height in the 11th and 12th centuries, Ghent was the second largest city in Western Europe, rivaled only by Paris and famed for its textiles.

Ghent also saw the rise of the Flemish primitivist movement. Jan and Hubert van Eyck's masterpiece, "Adoration of the Mystic Lamb," one of the city's most cherished artworks, can still be seen in its original home, St Baaf's cathedral. If you like contemporary art, S.M.A.K. mounts some of the best contemporary exhibitions in Europe in addition to housing important collections of Belgian artists such as Marcel Broodhaers and René Magritte; check S.M.A.K.'s website for details.

Most enjoyable of all, perhaps, is simply walking around the old harbour area (the Graslei and Korenmarkt) and the Patershol districts to get a feel for the unique charm that is Ghent. For complete information about Ghent's museums, architecture, and concurrent events taking place like the quinquennial flower show, the Ghent Floralies, visit the City of Ghent website