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Ghent at a Glance

You won't want to pass by vibrant Ghent with its busy medieval core, gracious canals and industrial edge. Somewhat off the tourist radar, Ghent has wonderful bars, great street art and a slew of don't-miss museums. 

Ghent's visitors and its residents love taking in the city's atmosphere. Canals roll past many of the buildings in the city's heart and you may find a row boat moored in one, or a bicycle chained to its railings. Old churches, historic homes and a UNESCO recognized belfry in the town center give the city historic street cred. 

Creative and fascinating museums are one of Ghent's strong points. A mental health museum in a Gothic asylum takes visitors through the frequently inhumane history of mental health care. The Huis van Alijn Museum showcases everyday life in Ghent from 1870 to 1970 and the STAM history museum explains thousand's of years of the area's growth. If those don't leave you satisfied, an art museum, a textile museum a and contemporary art museum are ready to fill the void.  

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High Season
May - September
Low Season
October - April
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      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      American, Canadian and European Union citizens do not need a visa to enter Belgium if they intend to stay there for less than three months. All travelers must carry a valid passport which could be subject to inspection at any time. American citizens can research travel requirements in Belgium by using the  U.S State Department's website.

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Railroad Gent-Sint-Pieters
      • Railroad Gent-Dampoort
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Ghent can be rainy and cool at all times of year, but especially in the winter. Snow is rare, but be prepared with an umbrella, raincoat and warm sweater.

      Safety Concerns Be wary of pickpockets in Ghent's more touristy areas. Keep your valuables close and out of sight. Consider leaving your passport in your hotel's safe.

      Health Concerns Ghent is a healthy city and has good drinking water.