Ghent is a city and a municipality in the Flemish Region of Belgium. It is the capital and largest city of the East Flanders province and the second largest municipality of Belgium by number of inhabitants.
Ghent offers a fascinating cultural mix brimming with trendy, modern urban life. it is a chilled-out place where anything goes and it is a city that feels human. Its friendly, welcoming people enjoy the good life. Due to its university, Ghent has the largest amount of students in Flanders, which makes it a very young city. Students and scholars love to stroll around the streets and enjoy the beautiful city on itself.
Ghent is a city where medieval and modern times come together, without clashing with each other. You can visit the city’s oldest castle, the Castle of the Counts, without being bothered by the pubs and restaurants right next to it. The St Bavo’s Cathedral harbours the world-famous masterpiece the Mystic Lamb by the Van Eyck brothers. If you like street art, you can visit the Werrengarenstraatje, also known as ‘Graffiti Street’, where street artists paint the walls as they please, or you can walk the street art route, also known as the Sorry, Not Sorry Route.
Every three years, you can visit Ghent during the free Lights Festival, when international light artists light up the city for five days. At night, there is a surprising spectacle, with spectacular performances and beautiful events, all based on light. There is no start or end point, so you just start or finish anywhere you want. However, it is important that you walk in the right direction.
In summer, you can visit the ten-day-long Ghent Festivities, a unique event in Europe, with lots of free performances, theatre, exhibitions, animation for children, fairs, parades and so on. This festival is both an urban festival, a cultural event, as well as a large-scale popular feast.