Ghent is an amazing city packed to the brim with historical architecture and old-world charm. Settled on the banks of the Leie River, Ghent is a picturesque look at a past when the city was one of the wealthiest towns in all of Europe. Take the time to walk around the city center to see the three medieval towers standing tall over the heart of the city: St. Nicholas’ Church, St. Bravo’s Cathedral, and the Belfry of Ghent.

Perhaps the most popular and recognizable area of Ghent for locals and tourists alike is the Graslei, a quay on the right bank of the Leie filled with historical buildings and cafes. Visit the Gravensteen Castle, an imposing 12th-century castle right on the water that was the home of the Counts of Flanders for centuries. Take laid-back walk down the cobbled streets of the city center and take the time to pop into a trendy cafe, a unique boutique, or a buzzing pub in Belgium’s unofficial beer capital.

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