“You must visit Ghent,” they said, “It’s the hidden gem of Belgium,” they said. Even Lonely Planet called it “the best kept secret in Europe.” And yet… I was still not prepared for Ghent’s incredible beauty. In August, I spent a week traveling throughout Belgium. Brussels charmed me, Antwerp underwhelmed me, and Bruges met all of my dreamy expectations. But Ghent? Ghent stopped me in my tracks.
I arrived on a glorious summer’s day in August and almost immediately regretted my plan to only spend 24 hours in the city. Please, do yourself a favor and spend at least 3 days in Ghent. Exploring the streets of Ghent is like walking through a historical painting. Your eyes are treated to an architectural feast of castles and cathedrals around every corner. Completely mesmerized, I kept asking myself, “People actually LIVE here?”
Due to my tight schedule, I hardly had any time to check out all of the attractions. Nevertheless, I was more than content with just strolling through the streets, camera in hand. Instead of reading me rave about Ghent for 10 more paragraphs, I’ll let my pictures do the talking. Hopefully, you’ll fall a little bit in love with Ghent too.
Which photo is your favorite? Have you ever been to Ghent? I’d love to know! Leave a comment below.