Ghent, Belgium

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The fourth largest city of Belgium, Ghent lies at the confluence of two rivers. During the medieval times it was among the wealthiest and most powerful cities in Europe. Ghent's center is a pedestrian area filled with Gothic cathedrals, beguinages and churches. St. Bavo's Cathedral, the Castle of the Counts (Gravensteen) are the architectural landmarks of the city.

During the Middle Ages Ghent was the leading cloth manufacturer. Since then the city has constantly sought the connection to the sea. The complicated structure of canals resulted in what we now know as The Port of Ghent. These days it is the third biggest port in Belgium that plays a vital role in the economy of the country.

Ghent has a status of a student town. Its university, established in the beginning of the 19th century, is one of the major Belgian institutions. Around 40,000 of young people fill the streets of the city and ensure a vigorous and dynamic atmosphere.

Ghent‘s history-steeped streets hide a lot of galleries, antique stores and some fine restaurants focusing on sustainability and vegetarian cuisine. The city’s top museums include MSK (Museum of Fine Arts), SMAK (City Museum for Contemporary Art) and STAM.
The blend of imposing medieval architecture, rich cultural scene and lively university life makes this city one of the best Belgium’s discoveries.