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If you're the kind of person who loves to get away and lose yourself in new experiences, Gent is yours for the taking.
The nation's capital, Brussels, lies 30 miles southeast of Gent, while Evergem can be found 6 miles to the north.
There's loads of family fun to be had here. From Van Eyck Swimming Pool to Pretland Gent, the kids certainly won't be disappointed!
Whether you're interested in learning about local plant and flower species or just want to take the time to stroll through the winding pathways, you'll be sure to enjoy the Ghent University Botanical Garden and World of Kina: The Garden.
Citadel Park and Muink Park are wonderful places to get a bit of sun, have a picnic or just watch life pass by. Also consider sitting back and whiling away a few hours at Bijgaarde Park or Baudelo Park.
Searching for the path to true happiness? Then spend time in nature. Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve is a terrific spot where you can refresh your senses and give your mind some downtime.
Whether you want to build your knowledge or just relax in the peaceful surroundings, House of Alijn and the City Museum for Contemporary Art should do the job. Don't forget to enquire about special happenings! Museum nerds also need to go to the STAM Ghent City Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts.
Science geeks will be on top of the world at the Museum for the History of Sciences, where a whole range of mind-boggling scientific objects and displays are just waiting to be examined.
When it comes to exhibitions, art-loving visitors are in luck. Frank Steyaert Gallery and Museum is just the tip of the iceberg. After that, admire the captivating paintings and other exquisite works at the Caermersklooster Provincial Centre of Art and Culture and Beukenhof.
One of the best ways to understand today is to explore the past. Discover how this city came to be the destination it is today at the St. Peter's Abbey and the Arnold Vander Haeghen Museum.
Step into the past at the Ghent University and Gravensteen Castle. They're fantastic places to get a real sense of Gent's history. If you're eager for more, Ghent Town Hall and Belfry of Ghent should also be on your radar.
St. Michael's Bridge and Grasbrug might not play as important a part in connecting the city as they did in the olden days, but they continue to be a much-loved tourist experience.
With a lengthy list of well-known inhabitants, Episcopal Palace is one of the most impressive abodes in Gent.
Safeguarded between the robust walls of Castle of Gerald the Devil is an amazing history. The heyday of times gone by can be felt in every room.
Whether you're religious or simply looking for a little tranquillity, St. Nicholas' Church and Saint Bavo Cathedral are sure to add some deeper meaning to your stay. St. James' Church and the Old Abbey of Drongen are some other historically important sites.
One of the greatest ways to introduce yourself to Gent is to linger in its public spaces. Friday Market Square and Korenmarkt Square are just two spots to take a seat and immerse yourself in local life. Alternatively, take in the distinct vibe of Achtersikkel or St. Peter's Square.
Memorials are a combination of beauty and nobility that provoke us to remember the events of times long past. Here, Law Courts and Big Cannon stand as symbolic tributes to Gent's past. Continue wandering down history lane and drop by Graffiti Street and the Statue of Jacob van Artevelde.
If ever there was a wonderland for shoppers, Gent would measure up. With a decent range of shopping plazas to pick from, a good plan is to start with Langemunt Shopping Center and the Old Fish Market. If you manage to browse all of that without burning a hole through your pocket, carry on to the Great Butchers' Hall and Ghent South Shopping Center.
If you're keen for a memorable evening's entertainment, go to Flanders Expo or the Bijloke Music Center. If you're in the mood for a little more razzle-dazzle, why not check the schedule of events at the University Auditorium and the Flemish Opera Ghent as well?
Before you go, don't forget about the less visited visitor attractions here, such as Glass Alley, the CAMPO Theatre and the Kopergietery Theatre.
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