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Ghent, a pocket-sized metropolis

With its 252,000 inhabitants, Ghent is the second largest city in Flanders. The city is situated in the middle between Brussels, Antwerp and Bruges.

Ghent offers a rare combination of an intimate compact city and the openness of a metropolis. It is a versatile city, historic and yet contemporary at the same time. With numerous museums, abbeys, beguinages, dozens of churches and historical buildings and cultural centres, festivals, monuments and the title of ‘Unesco creative city of music’, it is a genuine city of culture.

The old city of Ghent, capital of the province of ‘Eastern Flanders’ is situated on the confluence of the Scheldt and the Leie. The historic inner city offers a superb collection of splendid buildings along picturesque canals. A walk through the town on a nice evening, when the most important buildings are illuminated, is an unforgettable experience. From St Michael's bridge there is a wonderful view on the skyline of Ghent with the three impressive towers of St Nicholas' Church, the Belfry with its bell tower and St Bavo's cathedral with the world famous painting "The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb" by Jan van Eyck. One of the major tourist attractions is the Castle of the Counts, once the medieval fortress of the Count of Flanders.


The city, situated only 40 km from Brussels, combines an impressive past with a vivid present. Today, the native town of emperor Charles V is also a dynamic economic centre with a flourishing sea port. Further Ghent offers a lot of shops, restaurants and an exciting nightlife and can easily be discovered by boat, bicycle or on foot. It is recognized internationally as one of Europe’s greatest discoveries – small enough to feel cosy but big enough to stay vibrant.

Over 70,000 students make Ghent the largest student city in Flanders. Ghent University ranks 62 on the ‘2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities’. In 2017 Ghent University will celebrate its 200th anniversary. More information about Ghent University can be found on


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