Asking citizens of Ghent what they think of their city is a pointless exercise: you’ll find only unanimous love. And with good reason. Ghent (www.cityofghent.be) is one of Europe’s greatest discoveries – small enough to feel cosy but big enough to stay vibrant. It has enough medieval frivolity to create a spectacle but retains a gritty industrial edge that keeps things ‘real’. Tourists remain surprisingly thin on the ground, yet with its fabulous canalside architecture, wealth of quirky bars and some of Belgium’s most fascinating museums, this is a city you really won’t want to miss.
Best places to stay in Ghent
Pocket Bruges & Brussels
Romantic, canal-woven Bruges and buzzing multinational Brussels are both, in their different ways, unmissable. While Brussels dwarfs Bruges in size, both feature boats plying the waterways, serene parks, a web of cycling trails, jumbled market...
Ask Lonely Planet: where can I see amazing street art?
At Lonely Planet, our experts are bursting with nifty recommendations and off-the-wall travel ideas, so they were full of suggestions for Lonely Planet Magazine reader Dave Simmons, who wanted to see outstanding street art. 1...
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Lapping it up around the world
Soup: a warming staple the world over – but who knew there were so many fine flavours? The ten below are our picks for the finest soups to slurp worldwide. 1. Pho, Hanoi, Vietnam Beef noodle soup for breakfast? Once youʼve tasted a good pho, youʼll crave it for lunch and dinner, too...
Ghent and Bruges Day Trip from Brussels
Discover two of Flanders' special gems on a full day trip to Ghent and Bruges. No visit to Belgium is complete without a visit to these two beautiful cities, just a short drive from Brussels. After a one-hour drive through the scenic Belgium countryside you'll arrive in Ghent. Here you will visit the St.
Amsterdam to Bruges
Enjoy the highlights of Holland and Belgium by bike and barge
Belgium and Luxembourg: travel books to read before you go
Few foreigners have taken up the challenge of penning travel tales about Belgium…and only one man has tackled Luxembourg. Still, what’s on offer is well worth reading. This excerpt from Lonely Planet’s Belgium & Luxembourg guide provides a selection of travel literature to get you in the mood for your trip...