Visitor’s guide Ghent

Please feel free to browse through this guide and get to know our city a little better. In the historical city centre (or Kuip as we like to call it, see the left-hand map), you will findsights such as the Castle of the Counts, St Bavo’s Cathedral with its Ghent Altarpiece, Graslei and Korenlei and our three towers, as well as the modern architecture of the City Pavilion and a taste of street art in our Graffitistreet. 

Only available in your accommodation.

Ghent, accessible for everyone

A handy map that describes the best route to take to explore the city and avoid obstacles.

Available in digital format or at the Ghent Tourist Office.

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!

USE-IT map for young people

This no-nonsense city map, written for and by young travellers, is full of tips by locals, for example the most typical bars, the best chip shops and the most alternative hotspots. Pick up a free paper copy at the Inquiry Desk Visit Gent and start exploring!

Traces of Industrial Ghent

A walk throug the industrial heritage in the centre of Ghent.

Gentse Fietsen Route

The Gentse Fietsen Route offers 37 km (or 23 miles) of cycling fun. Do you want to stick around on one of the spots a bit longer? Don't worry, the route has two shortcuts, which each cut off 9 km (or 5,6 miles).

This publication is available at the Visit Gent Tourist Information Office at the Old Fish Market.

Ghent Insideout

Discover Ghent  inside and out in 53 km of cycling fun. Didn't bring your bike? No problem! Rent your bike at one of the Cycle Points in Ghent and off you go.

Tourist sailing map of Ghent

Toerisme Oost-Vlaanderen, in collaboration with ‘Promotie Binnenvaart Vlaanderen’ and Toerisme Gent, has developed a free sailing map of Ghent.

Stadshal Gent

The city hall is a prime example of contemporary architecture. The building even made it to the final of the prestigious Mies Van der Rohe Award.

This publication is only available in digital format.

Low-emission zone Ghent

In order to contribute to a better, healthy environment, Ghent is introducing a low emission zone (LEZ).