What to do in Ghent: Highlights & Tips

Ghent is a perfect city for a short visit, such as a weekend away. The many students who are there make Ghent a vibrant city. Not only full and cozy bars and shops for shopping, but there is also a lot of culture.

Curious about the sights, hotspots and where to sleep in Ghent? Then quickly read these tips below.

Kayak or SUP through the canals

Especially on summer days, this is super chill to do and you also see the city from a different perspective. You can rent a kayak at hostel Uppelink (@hosteluppelink) or go on a boat tour.

Visit the Castle of the Counts

The Castle of the Counts is located in the center of Ghent. Inside this castle you will find a museum that tells about the history of this castle. You can walk all the way around it and see it from the outside. Entrance fee: 12€.

The old castle Gravensteen


Go to the top of Belfort and look out over the historic city of Ghent! Totally worth the effort and money! Entrance fee: 8€.

Street art Ghent

Discover all the street art of Ghent. There is even a street completely with street art, but you will find beautiful works of art on the walls throughout the city.

Food & drinks hotspots

Eat at one of the many cozy and nice restaurants that Ghent has. Located directly on the canal at @deparkiet, next to Gravensteen at @inchocgent or at the Vrijdagmarkt at @mievieatghent (vegan).

Taste the Belgian beers

Belgium is known for its beers and you can see that here. For enthusiasts, this is the place to start using your @untappd, because there is a very large selection of Belgian beers. There is less on offer for non-alcoholic beers. Top place to go is at #Barrazza on the terrace.

Where to sleep?

You can sleep in many places in and outside the center. The Ghent River Hotel is highly recommended with its central, yet quiet location, but you can also visit @1898_thepost (€€€) or @hosteluppelink (€) sleep.