If you love Bruges, but you are looking for something less touristy, then Gent is exactly what you’ve been looking for!
- small narrow streets with chocolate shops
- gorgeous architecture
- quiet and remote places
- local culture
HOW TO GET THERE: the train from Brussels is a good solution. It takes around 40 minutes and it costs 10 euro/person [September 2015].
WHERE TO STAY: Gent is a great place to visit from 10 to 7 in the evening and I think that is enough if you don’t want to explore all of it, therefore booking a room shouldn’t be necessary. However, if your stay is longer, there are some really nice hotels around the centre and also some youth hostels.
HOW TO GET AROUND: by tram. To reach faster the city centre from the St pieter railway station, I recommend you take the tram for 3€ (tram nr. 1)
Also, if you want to go further than the centre, the tram is a very good solution.
WHAT TO SEE: take a boat tour on the canals and you’ll see most of what Gent has to offer. After that, decide what you want to see. There are not a million things to visit, but there sure are a millions things and places to see. Don’t miss out on a local market ( weekend days) where you can taste local food, fruit and specialties.
WHAT TO EAT: if you are a fan of ribs, Gent is a great place for you. Also, don’t miss out the other Belgian goodies that I have previously mentioned in the other two posts – here and here).
I have to say that after visiting Brussels, Bruges and Gent, I fell in love with all of them! However, you may perceive things differently, so here is something to help you:
Go to Brussels if you like big and green cities which also offer things to do.
Go to Bruges if you’re looking for a fairytale town. Beware that many people are looking for the same thing too.
Go to Gent if you want to experience the local culture and history, in a less touristic place.
I hope you have enjoyed my Belgian Adventures!
Have a great day!