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Castle of the Counts

Castle of the Counts

Castle of the Counts

Castle of the Counts

Castle of the Counts

Castle of the Counts

‘I’ll show them who’s boss’: that’s what Philip of Alsace had in mind. Therfore he had the imposing castle rebuilt (1180). Overlooking the city from its battlements high up on the keep, one can sense the feeling of wealth and power that the lord of the castle must have had.

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Sint-Veerleplein 11
9000 Gent
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9000 Gent
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Visitor’s city guide Ghent

Visitor’s city guide Ghent

Please feel free to browse through this guide and get to know our city a little better.

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Kersttafel Winterwonderkasteel2 (c) Amelia Crossley
19 Dec 2014
Instead of complaining about the cold, Ghent puts on a winter festival with the Counts Castle completely converted into a Winter Wonderland.

In the neighbourhood

Boat in Gent - aanlegsteiger © De Bootjes van Gent - Rederij Dewaele

From a historical boat trip to a stylish picnic

National Geographic Traveler
National Geographic Traveler"Een fantastische mix van een levende stad en een levendig verleden. Veel echter dan het even verder gelegen lieflijke Brugge. De inwoners koesteren het karakter van deze middeleeuwse stad, maar toch is er geen mono-economie gericht op toerisme."


Patershol Gent
A cosy, picturesque neighbourhood in the shadow of the Castle of the Counts, with a pattern of streets that has been the same since mediaeval times.
Sint-Baafskathedraal Gent
A trove of art treasures: 22 altars, a Rococo pulpit in marble and oak and of course the exquisite highlight: "The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb" by the Van Eyck brothers.
Ghent has something from every period of history and that also applies to the STAM - Ghent City museum: the 14th-century abbey, the 17th-century monastery and the new 21st-century development together form the Ghent City museum.