Belgium’s cosy but vibrant hidden gem, Ghent, is often described as Europe’s best kept secret.
Located at the confluence of the Leie and Scheldt rivers, this beautifully-cultured city is easy to explore either on foot or tram. Adored by its locals, Ghent offers visitors the Castle of the Counts, the superb St. Bavo’s Cathedral, the Gothic-style St Nicholas’ Church – Ghent’s oldest and most iconic landmarks – and the UNESCO-listed 91-metre-high Belfry, the tallest in Belgium.
The various fascinating galleries and museums to visit include the Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of History of Sciences and the Ghent City Museum. Nestled within the fabulous canal side architecture are many welcoming bars and restaurants, and a swathe of amazing shops. Ghent is also just a 30-minute train ride from Brussels, perfect for those who wish to visit the Belgian capital.
Despite its popularity with visitors, tourists remain surprisingly thin on the ground, which, for many, puts it ahead of other Belgian destinations such as Bruges and Antwerp.
Belgium is famous around the world for its chocolate, and no visit here would be complete without indulging in a taste of this sweet treat. The country is home to a number of shops and chocolatiers, where visitors can learn how Belgian chocolates are made using only the finest of ingredients.
Bruges Historic Centre
The beautiful, compact city of Bruges was the centre of European trade during the Middle Ages, and its striking architecture has been carefully preserved over the centuries. Considered the heart of Bruges, the historic centre was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000 and is well worth a visit.
The Three Towers
The famous three towers are St. Bavo’s Cathedral, St. Nicholas’ Church and The Belfry, which is 91m tall and is UNESCO-listed.