The Arts Quarter is a neighbourhood where art lovers belong and students come home to. The Booktower is its heart. The quarter is home to the city’s main museums which are all within walking distance from one another. In fact the Museum of Fine Arts is right across the street from the S.M.A.K.! A short walk (downhill!) brings you to the STAM, the City Museum, which provides the ideal introduction to the past, present and future of Ghent. Music Centre De Bijloke, with its exceptional acoustics, is a stone’s throw away from the STAM museum. It’s the home of classical, contemporary and jazz music.
In the Arts Quarter, it’s not just art that holds sway. The neighbourhood is also one of the epicentres of Ghent’s student life. During the academic year, you are guaranteed to run into students as you walk from museum to museum. Thanks to the youngsters, the lively neighbourhood is bustling. Overpoortstraat is the place to be in terms of nightlife, and it is crowded with students every Thursday night. The Booktower, near the faculty of Arts and Philosophy, is the symbol of love for books and science. The Arts Quarter is home to many other campuses, of both the university and university colleges, and student accommodations abound.
Art and other entertainment
It takes more than a day to discover the Arts Quarter, because there is plenty more to do than just visiting fascinating museums. For instance, have you ever been to De Krook library, worth a visit for its architecture alone? Arts Centre Vooruit is another option. It used to be a socialist party complex, but now it is home to an arts centre and hosts all kinds of concerts and performances. Vooruit is also the ideal place to have a drink and a snack, which can also be enjoyed on the lovely roof terrace. Citadelpark, the Small Beguinage, Saint Peter’s Abbey and the Bijloke site are also beautiful.
Fun route with plenty of pitstops
The Arts Quarter is the perfect shortcut if you want to walk from Gent-Sint-Pieters Railway Station to the Historic Centre. During your walk, you will pass highlights such as De Krook library, Arts Centre Vooruit and St Peter’s Church, and you can take a break in the courtyard of St Peter’s Abbey and Muinkpark. You’ll also come across cafés, restaurants and coffee shops where you can take a break. Not in the mood to walk? The Hop-on Hop-off water tram will take you from the Bijloke site to the city centre.