Ghent - Authenticity with a strong pulse in 'Medieval Manhattan'
The Belgian port city of Ghent, or Gent, is a lively University city rich in culture, history, vibrant nightlife, ancient charm, modern beauty and a hint of honest urban grit.
Gent's heritage stretches back to the Middle Ages when it was an important large city-state and the best way to delve into this remarkable history and all Ghent has to offer is to join a lovely local guide on a Freetour.com recommended free walking tour. You'll get fantastic hints & tips and local recommendations while you explore centuries of history and discover beautiful sights & stories along the way, including Belfort, St. Michaels Church, St. Bavo's Cathedral, beautiful guildhalls, the 12th Century Castle of the Counts and the Belfry – perch of the all-seeing dragon, watching over the city from 95 metres up since 1380.
There's plenty to do in Ghent after your free walking tour – marvel in museums & galleries, enjoy fantastic theatre, live music & performance arts, stroll along the waters-edge, snap a breath-taking panorama from St. Michael's bridge of the beautiful cityscape punctuated by majestic Medieval towers, relax at the delightful Portus ganda marina, treat your taste-buds in sublime cafes & restaurants and hit the bars, pubs and clubs for famously great Belgian beer and absorb the nightlife of this wonderfully vibrant student city. Get to Ghent and you won't regret it for a second!