Every three years, Ghent is set ablaze with lights during the free Ghent Light Festival. This festival lights up the city with works by international light artists. The city’s nights will become the backdrop for a surprising spectacle, ingenious installations, spectacular performances and beautiful events, all based on light. Get ready to discover Ghent’s historic sites and monuments from a different angle. The Light Festival puts the internationally acclaimed Ghent lighting plan in the spotlight and gives you the opportunity to catch a glimpse of Ghent’s unique hidden charm after sunset.

New discoveries in 2021

The new course leads you through the city and sheds a different light on different city districts, waterways and historical heritage - literally and figuratively. The Castle of the Counts, Graslei, Korenmarkt, Stadshal and Sint-Baafsplein are well-known hotspots on the route. You will now also be able to walk on the Saint Michael's bridge for the first time and you can enjoy the unique view of the Ghent tower line.

Furthermore, the trail passes by lesser-known locations including the Court of the Princes and you will be able to get to know the renovated Maaseikplein and the Reep, two pieces of Ghent that have been completely renovated since the previous Light Festival in 2018.

At 6.5 kilometers, the route is the same length as the previous edition. Because there is no fixed starting place and therefore you can start anywhere, it offers you enough space to enjoy the spectacle in a pleasant way.

Check out the photos of the previous edition here.

Ghent Illuminated walk

Would you like a sparkling tour of Ghent’s most beautiful illuminated buildings and squares? Follow the light walk and discover it for yourself! Start at the Kouter for a walk of approximately three miles. The walk takes you past all the highlights of the Ghent illuminations.

You will need about two hours to complete the entire walk. It’s best not to start too late, because at the stroke of midnight, the atmospheric lighting is replaced by ordinary streetlights. Plan your walk with one of the guides. Or explore for yourself: download the map here!