The people of Ghent have always been a bit rebellious. It’s in their genes. They rose in revolt against Emperor Charles. As punishment, he made them walk through the streets with nooses around their necks. Ever since they have been known as ‘noose wearers’, a name they wear with pride. In Ghent you can find the medieval alongside the trendy. The centuries-old Belfry stands majestically alongside the new City Hall. The picturesque Patershol district, with its narrow streets and fun restaurants, stands in the shadow of the imposing Gravensteen Castle. The city is creating an international gastronomic furore with its young star-rated chefs and as the veggie capital of Europe. Art-lovers will find their way to the world-famous The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb by the van Eyck brothers in St. Bavo’s Cathedral or one of the many museums. The S.M.A.K. (contemporary art), the Design Museum, the MSK (fine arts) and the STAM (city museum) will surprise you each season with top-class exhibitions. The festivals, cultural events and vibrant night life guarantee non-stop fun and ambiance in the student city. And when the sun goes down, the Light Plan comes into its own. Buildings, squares and streets are bathed in atmospheric light. The ideal moment to visit local people’s favourite place: the Graslei and the Korenlei alongside the quiet waters of the River Schelde.
There is a direct train connection between Bruges and Ghent (Sint-Pieters) (journey time: ca. 30 min.). Tram 1 rides from Ghent-Sint-Pieters railway station to the city centre every 10 minutes.