Welcome to Ghent

Ghent is a vibrant city set in a unique historical context.

260.000 Inhabitants

Capital East Flanders

Largest student city


Unique Ghent exudes history while serving up an interesting cultural cocktail brimming over with trendy, modern urban life. Ghent is a city for people who love life; nothing is required, anything is possible; a city on a personal scale. The agreeable, hospitable Ghent locals know what the good life is all about. During your visit to Ghent, make sure to stop in and admire the world-famous masterpiece ‘The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb’ by the Van Eyck brothers.

Naturally, a city like Ghent won’t be summed up in just a few figures. You’ve got to see,hear, taste, and experience Ghent. ‘Nie pleuje!’ (never give up) is the motto of many a Ghent local.

There have been many courageous men and women in Ghent that have fought for their ideals throughout history. Some have been given statues while others have fallen through the cracks of time. Walk through Ghent’s inner city and you’ll immediately understand why it’s received so many tourism awards and international praise. Now here else will you be able to flit so quickly from the 14th to the 21st century (and back again) without ever feeling like something didn’t fit.

For those who like figures, Ghent from 1 to 9

  1. “Nie pleuje!” (which is local dialect for never give up, persevere). “De Gentse feesten” is a festival for people who never give up. Every year, it provides 765.000  of party fun for 1.300.000 visitors.
  2. Spicy Ghent. Ghent locals love to eat “uufflakke” head cheese or brawn, a local speciality) with mustard. Every year, 69.000 pots Tierenteyn-Verlent-mosterd are sold in Ghent.
  3. Divine glow: “The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb”, is visited 170.000 times a year by people from all over the world.
  4. Ghent gets you rolling. The city loves bicycles, and thi love is mutual. Ghent rents out 11.500 urban bicycles a year.
  5. Stubborn troublemakers: Ghent police forces catch 1.800 people urinating every year
  6. Vibrant Ghent, a city full of students Ghent has 74.000 enthusiastic, and perpetual ;-), students
  7. Ghent isn’t nicknamed the “medieval Manhattan” for nothing. Ghent has 3 monuments listed as UNESCO world heritage sites.
  8. Ghent locals are bon vivants. Life and food are good in Ghent. Ghent just happens to have 734 restaurants.
  9. Yes, Ghent is full of ‘wippers’ and ‘vuile taloren’ (ask Mrs Temmerman at the confectionery what thes words mean). Come ‘sneukelen’ (otherwise known as satisfying your sweet tooth) in Ghent. You will find 100 different types of candy from days gone by in the Temmerman authentic confectionery shop on the Kraanlei.