Five Red Things to Do in Ghent

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10.06.2014 Posted in Travel No Comments

So I continue travelling and seeing the world through Red. My husband and I went for a day to Ghent, a beautiful medieval city in the 

Red House in Ghent

Flemish part of Belgium.

To be honest, I like Ghent more than Bruges, considered as a rule the absolute star of romance and tourism in Europe. Ghent is much less touristic, has a small center which can be easily visited – the pretty mediaeval streets with buildings made out of red brick, an excellent choice of restaurants and a great night life. So if you are in Ghent the five Red things to do are:

Boat Trips in Ghent– Have a walk around the city. Start with the famous Graslei, the most scenic place of the old city with ancient houses and cafés bordering the canals.

– Take a boat for a canal ride though the city which allows seeing it from another angle.

(boats stop along the Graslei, 6.50€ – 7.60€ per person for a 40-minute ride)

– Try one of the Belgian beers, of which there are  more than 300 varieties. The most popular is Trappiste, a strong abbey beer, if you prefer something more original opt for the red-colored cherry beer, Kriek.

– Ghent has excellent Museums. The four main Museums are the Museum of Fine Art, Contemporary Art, The City of Ghent and most importantly The Ghent Altarpiece (also called the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb), a 15th-century painting attributed to Jan van Eyck. The painting is currently being restored. So at the moment it can be seen in the Fine Arts Museum instead of its usual place – the St. Bavon’s Cathedral.The Ghent Altarpiece

(Locations: Museum of Fine Art,  Fernand Scribedreef 1, Citadelpark; Museum of Contemporary Art – SMAK, also in Citadelpark; Museum of the City of Ghent- STAM, Godshuizenlaan 2.)

– I probably talk too much about drinking, but we are in Belgium. So if you are staying overnight in Ghent, go for a small walk along the canals, which are beautifully lit at night, and if you do not like beer, try some of the local house wine. Order ‘un pichet du rouge’ in French or ‘wijnhuise’ in Flemish, which is a ‘jug of Red wine,’ in one of the numerous excellent restaurants of the city.

 

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