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Explore the city

The ‘front’ of the city is best explored on foot, while the ‘back’ is best discovered by boat. So join one of the guided walking tours starting from the Tourist Information Centre or discover the city from the water. The guides and captain will give you a taste of history laced with juicy little anecdotes, in a language of your choice. Of course you can treat yourself to a carriage ride fit for a prince and princess.
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The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb

If there’s one masterpiece you should not miss, it’s this majestic altarpiece by the Van Eyck brothers. It’s considered the absolute masterpiece of medieval painting, featuring some jaw-dropping details. It survived the Protestant iconoclasm, fell into French hands under Napoleon and was requisitioned by Nazi Germany during WWII. ‘The Just Judges’ panel, stolen in 1934, is still missing.
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Castle of the Counts

A medieval fortress in the heart of the city. Cold halls and even colder dungeons. Endless staircases leading up the towers. Wells of oblivion and a torture museum. You can’t really call the Castle of the Counts a cosy retreat. But it is impressive... Overlooking the city from high up on the keep, you feel like the Counts of Flanders, with Ghent lying at your feet. An experience not to be missed!
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Graslei-Korenlei

Today, this medieval port with its unique row of historical buildings is the place to be if you want to feel the Ghent vibe. It’s the beating heart of the city centre. The Cooremetershuys (guild house of the grain weighers), The Guild house of the Free Sailors, Het Spijker (a granary)... are all impressive reminders of the city’s economic growth.
Great Butchers’ Hall

Great Butchers’ Hall

This is where meat was sold during the Middle Ages. For fish, you had to go to the Groentenmarkt and later to the nearby fish market. Today the trusses of the Great Butchers’ Hall are used to hang Gandaham, a Ghent speciality – simply delicious, just like the other East Flemish delicacies you can buy here.
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Patershol

Thirty years ago, you could buy a little house here for next to nothing. Today, the Patershol is one of the city’s most desirable neighbourhoods. For good dining, you can choose from one of the many restaurants which have sprung up in the medieval alleys. From Japanese to Thai, to delicious traditional Flemish cooking, you’ll find everything here.
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STAM

The City Museum, or STAM is your gateway to the city. The fourteenth-century abbey, the seventeenth-century monastery and adjoining infirmary, the twentieth-century gatehouse and the new twenty-first-century development introduce you to the history of Ghent.
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St Peter’s Abbey

You can visit the abbey with a unique movie guide. In seventeen episodes, the digital monk Alison will take you on an exciting journey through the centuries-old passages of the abbey and, with your help, will try to unravel the mystery. The refectory wing of St Peter’s Abbey is authentically medieval. The splendid garden with its vineyard and ruins is a green oasis in the heart of the city. St Peter’s Abbey hosts prestigious internationally-oriented cultural exhibitions every year.
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