Experience the real Gent! 3DAYS

3 Days 2 Nights in Belgium, Ghent

You will go back in time and explore the old city. This itinerary will give you some hidden spots and tips written by a local. This includes from visiting the main attractions to finding you favourite Belgian beer. The accommodation is a room in a 17th century house. Located in the cosiest neighbourhood of downtown Ghent! Walking will be the main transportation as well bicycle or public transport.


Things to Note:
Comfortable clothes, smartphone/GPS, rain jacket and warm clothing if you visit in the winter.
Recommended budget:
Est. US$343/pax
Trip Type:

1 2 3
05:50AM
05:50AM
Arriving in Belgium, Zaventem
$17
Welcome to Belgium, the little country of Belgium! Saying 'hallo' is the way we greet someone, 'Dankjewel' means thank you.
06:15AM
06:15AM
Directions
$17
1.
Follow the signs towards the trains
2.
Take the train that has the end destination: 'De Panne.'
3.
Gent-Sint-Pieters is where you get off.
07:45AM
07:45AM
Welcome to Ghent!
$0
This train station is build in 1912.
08:00AM
08:00AM
Directions
$3
1.
Arriving at the train station: Gent-Sint-Pieters
2.
Follow the signs for public transport
3.
Buy a ticket in one of these machines: accept cash/card
4.
Take tram, line 1 to 'Korenmarkt' - City center
5.
It takes about 10min and stop at 'RABOTSTRAAT'
6.
5 min walk towards the airbnb.
08:30AM
08:30AM
Check-in Airbnb
$112
The price is for two nights. It's a room in an 17th century house. A real experience! Rest a little bit and prepare yourself for a day of walking. The neighbourhood: The house is situated in 'Het Prinsenhof', a beautiful area in the historical city centre. The neighbourhood is charming and above all quiet and calm! The neighbourhood is five minutes away from the famous 'Gravensteen' castle and 'De Graslei'.
09:05AM
09:05AM
Directions
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1.
Head southeast on Prinsenhof toward Abrahamstraat
2.
Continue onto Abrahamstraat
3.
Continue onto Gewad
4.
Turn left onto Rekelingestraat
5.
Turn right onto Geldmunt
6.
Continue onto Kleine Vismarkt
09:10AM
09:10AM
Purchase a CityCard from Ghent
$38
Buy a card for 72hours, It will save you money by having this card. This includes all the activities that says $0 in the itinerary, even public transport/boat ride/bike hire.
09:25AM
09:25AM
Directions
$0
1.
Head to Kleine Vismarkt toward Kraanlei
2.
Turn right onto Kraanlei
3.
Turn right onto Zuivelbrugstraat
4.
Continue onto Meerseniersstraat
5.
Café Barista will be on your left
09:30AM
09:30AM
Breakfast at Café Barista.
$10
Famous for it's coffee and sandwiches. This authentic place is located in a alleyway. Enjoy your morning coffee or hot chocolate!
10:20AM
10:20AM
Directions
$0
1.
Head southeast on Meerseniersstraat toward Vrijdagmarkt
2.
Turn right onto Vrijdagmarkt
3.
Turn left to stay on Vrijdagmarkt
4.
Continue onto Kammerstraat
5.
Turn right onto Belfortstraat
6.
Continue onto Botermarkt
7.
Slight left onto Sint-Baafsplein
8.
Turn right to stay on Sint-Baafsplein
9.
Turn left to stay on Sint-Baafsplein
10:30AM
10:30AM
Visit Saint Bavo's Cathedral.
$0
The Saint Bavo Cathedral an 89m-tall Gothic cathedral. The price includes a audio guide. There is a hidden staircase somewhere in front of the altar, so go underneath the church.
11:20AM
11:20AM
Directions
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1.
When you exit the cathedral, with the cathedral behind you.
2.
Look straight in front of you. That building you see is the Belfry
3.
Enter from the left side.
11:30AM
11:30AM
Belfry tower
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The 91-metre-tall belfry of Ghent is one of three medieval towers that overlook the old city centre of Ghent, Belgium, the other two belonging to Saint Bavo Cathedral and Saint Nicholas' Church. Its height makes it the tallest belfry in Belgium. The belfry of Ghent, together with its attached buildings, belongs to the set of belfries of Belgium and France inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List.
12:55PM
12:55PM
Directions
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1.
Cross Sint-Baafsplein toward Lange Kruisstraat
2.
Turn right onto Lange Kruisstraat
3.
Continue straight onto Oranjeberg
4.
Continue onto Kalandeberg
1:00PM
1:00PM
Eat lunch at Le Pain Quotidien
$15
Best spot to have lunch. Tasty dishes and a calm place to relax.
2:10PM
2:10PM
Directions
$0
1.
Head north on Kalandeberg toward Borreputsteeg
2.
Slight left onto Kalandestraat
3.
Turn left onto Voldersstraat
4.
Turn right onto Mageleinstraat
5.
Turn right onto Botermarkt
6.
Turn left onto Hoogpoort
7.
Continue straight onto Groentenmarkt
8.
Continue onto Kleine Vismarkt
9.
Continue onto Geldmunt
10.
Turn left onto Sint-Widostraat
2:30PM
2:30PM
Visit the famous fort, 'Het Gravensteen'
$0
Make sure you have a audioguide, there are plenty of stories that you can't miss out of. The Gravensteen is a castle in Ghent originating from the Middle Ages. The name means "castle of the counts" in Dutch.
5:20PM
5:20PM
Directions
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1.
After visiting Gravensteen, you cross the street on your left
2.
You'll see several small alleyways
3.
This is where the neighbourhood of Partershol starts
4.
Just choose one of them and start wandering around
5:30PM
5:30PM
Get lost in the street of Patershol
$0
Look around at the cute, little colourful houses. A nice tip: Julie's house serves amazing dessert!
6:50PM
6:50PM
Directions
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1.
Head right on Lange Steenstraat toward Vrouwebroersstraat
2.
Turn left onto Geldmunt
3.
Turn right onto Rekelingestraat
4.
Continue onto Burgstraat
5.
De gekroonde hoofden will be on your right
7:00PM
7:00PM
Spareribs in a historical building
$25
Make a reservation at least a day in advance!! http://www.degekroondehoofden.be/index.php/reserveren This is a really famous place along the locals. Eat as much you can eat, the most delicious spareribs, with several choices. Enjoy your meal with some good beers!
8:20PM
8:20PM
Directions
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1.
Go right on Burgstraat toward Gewad
2.
Continue onto Rekelingestraat
3.
Turn right onto Geldmunt
4.
Continue onto Kleine Vismarkt
5.
Het bierhuis aan de waterkant will be on your left
8:30PM
8:30PM
Discover Belgian Beers!
$10
Explore the world of the Belgian beers. This bar has a long list of different kinds of beers. Choose one with your eyes closed and see what you'll get. If not, these are some good ones: Rochefort, Sint Bernardus, Triple Karmeliet, Orval, Affligem, Westmalle, ...