Discover Ghent

Discover Ghent

We warmly welcome you to Ghent, this beautiful city of art declared the third most authentic historical destination in the world by National Geographic Traveler Magazine in 2008!

Ghent is a city that has so much to offer. The famous university guarantees a vibrant nightlife, affordable bars, restaurants and trendy boutiques. You'll also find the cultural diversity of other cities thanks to the presence of different cultures and international restaurants. Belgium plays an important role in the field of modern art, music, theatre and Ghent also embraces this innovative culture. But the city retains its traditional roots: from old buildings to cosy markets, museums and parks.

You will discover that Ghent is so much more than just a tourist destination. It is a lively city where traditional Flemish culture and modern Belgian life come together.

Ghent is a small, historic city that can easily be explored on foot. The two districts, the historic centre and the museum district merge seamlessly.

In Ghent there is a rich offer of visual arts, festivals, film, literature, music, dance, performing arts and artistic projects. Discover its historic houses, museums about the city, contemporary art, folklore, design ... Something for everyone.


Discover the existing large parks and nature reserves and those that will soon be added.

Let a guide show you around the city on foot, by boat or in a carriage. Prefer to go out on your own? You can walk, cycle or sail. You will also find all the information you need about shopping, going out, sports and relaxing.

Ghent is the festival city par excellence!
As a city of culture, Ghent is host to many festivals. The most important are the Gent Jazz Festival (July), Gentse Feesten (July), Festival of Flanders (September-October) and the Ghent Film Festival (October) and the Ghent Light Festival (every 3 years in January, February).
But also during the rest of the year you can go here for smaller theatre, film and music festivals.

Ghent illuminated
As soon as it gets dark, it becomes light again in Ghent. Thousands of lamps and spotlights light up all over the city, which together form the Ghent Lighting Plan. The carefully created atmospheres and accents enchant the city. Ghent is therefore ideal for a romantic stay! The Lighting Plan is a concept by the well-known lighting designer Roland Jéol. In 2004 the City of Ghent won the International City-People-Light Award and in the Michelin travel guide the plan was awarded 3 stars.

You can admire the lighting during a Light Walk with or without a guide.

Christmas Market Ghent

Christmas markets in Ghent under the name "Winter in Ghent"

Experience the magic of the holiday season at the Christmas markets in Ghent. With its charming cobblestone streets, historic buildings, and festive atmosphere, Ghent is the perfect place to celebrate the holidays.

The Christmas markets in Ghent offer a unique shopping experience, with vendors selling everything from handcrafted ornaments and gifts to delicious treats and warm drinks. Wander through the stalls and sample traditional Belgian delicacies like waffles, chocolate, and mulled wine, all while taking in the sights and sounds of the season.

The city's historic squares and landmarks are transformed into winter wonderlands during the Christmas season, with twinkling lights and decorations creating a festive ambiance. The Sint-Baafsplein, in particular, is a must-visit destination, with a giant Christmas tree and a skating rink for visitors to enjoy.

So, come experience the magic of the holidays in Ghent and create unforgettable memories with your loved ones. The Christmas markets are held every year from the second weekend of December to 31st of December, so there's plenty of time to explore and soak up the holiday spirit.

To make your experience even better, check to make sure the dates match your trip and book at the Monasterium Hotel in the heart of Ghent, located just a short walk from the Christmas markets. We offer cozy accommodations, delicious breakfast, and a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

Don't miss out on this magical and enchanting experience! Plan your trip today and experience the magic of the holidays in Ghent.