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Ghent
Belgium


Ghent:

ImageGhent is the fourth largest city of Belgium with about 250.000 inhabitants. It is not as big as Antwerp but bigger than Bruges. Ghent is only half an hour away from Bruges and within one hour you are in Brussels or Antwerp.

Ghent is the city for young people in Belgium. There are 45,000 university and college students in the city. The presence of these young people (out of a total population of around 250,000) acts to really liven things up in the city.

A walk through the historical city centre of Ghent is as a journey through time: nowhere else do you zip so fast back and forth across the centuries, without feeling out of place. The impressive Castle of the Counts is unique: every stone breathes history, every room fires your imagination. And if a visit to the chamber of torture leaves you unaffected, you are probably just the cold-blooded type.

 

ImageThe Mystic Lamb, a world-famous 15th century masterpiece, is not only a splendid painting, it is also a bundle of stories: the mystery of the theft of ‘De Rechtvaardige Rechters’ (The Fair Judges) has never been solved. And who knows, maybe you will be the one to find a clue in the beautiful St Bavo’s Cathedral. During your search don’t forget to admire the artworks of Rubens and Jeroen Bosch as well.

The dragon is the incarnation of evil on top of the Belfry: the inhabitants of Ghent are known for their obstinacy and they are proud of it too. The monster of steel and copper is over 3 metres long and weighs 400 kilos.
As you carry on walking, watching, enjoying, you’ll go from one surprise to another. Across the Korenmarkt through the Donkersteeg, along the exquisite City Hall to the Vrijdagmarkt square and posing, in a fond embrace with the Dulle Griet cannon. Finally you reach the medieval Patershol quarter. Perfect timing for the hungry: many of the restaurants here have colourful names as well as delicious meals.

A nice place to relax is at the Graslei. On sunny days, you can find all people gathering there, enjoying a drink and the sun on their face.

ImageIt could be nice to explore Ghent with someone who really knows his way around.  The Belleman, the town crier of Ghent can give you a city tour of the markets on Sunday mornings from May till September.
Departure: Kouter at 10.30 a.m.
More info on www.towncriers.be

For more information about the city and events, contact:  Gentinfo
Monday till Saturday:08.00 - 19.00
Tel +32 (0) 9 210 10 10

Or check out the website www.gent.be/gentinfo !

Belgium:

ImageBelgium is a small country (30,528 sq km) with a population of 10 million. It has been a constitutional monarchy since 1830. There are three languages: Dutch, French and German. However, English is widely spoken.
Belgium consists of three "communities" who live next door to one another, each with their own government - Flemish (Dutch-speaking), Walloon (French-speaking) and German-speaking. The way these communities work out their various differences (namely with words rather than with weapons) has got to be an example to the world of how things can be done. The city of Ghent is in the Flemish, Dutch-speaking part of Belgium.
Belgium has retained its old-world charm in the preservation of its ancient buildings and historical traditions.

The climate of Belgium is unstable and wet. Belgium has mild winters, temperatures vary between ± 10° C and ± 0°C and during summertime, it can be both hot (± 30° C) and cool (± 11° C).

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