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Daily life in a historic setting

Ghent offers the unique combination of a glorious past with a lively present. We invite you to discover its many monuments and museums. This is the beating heart of a lively city full of culture, art, events and, just as important, countless pubs and original restaurants.

Top attractions

Gravensteen

  • Imposing castle built by count Philip of Alsace in 1180.
  • On top of the keep, between the merlons, you have a lovely view of the city.
  • A movie guide (a unique, interactive computer-controlled guide) brings ancient history to life.

> Visit the Gravensteen

Adoration of the Mystic Lamb

Adoration of the Mystic Lamb

  • Unique altarpiece painted by the Van Eyk brothers in 1432. It is the highlight of the Flemish Primitives.
  • The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb has been hanging in Saint Bavo's Cathedral for more than 50 years.
  • The 'Just Judges' panel was stolen in 1934 so that panel is a reproduction.

> Visit Saint Bavo's Cathedral

Graslei

Graslei and Korenlei

  • According to residents of Ghent, this is the most beautiful spot in town.
  • Medieval port with a unique row of historic buildings.
  • A few important historic houses: house of the Grain Weighers, the Guildhall of the Free Boatmen, the Spijker, etc.
  • Every house on the Graslei has its own history.
  • On the other side of the water is the Korenlei.

> Explore the Graslei and Korenlei