The 4 Best Neighborhoods in Ghent (Gent) for Tourists
Gent is among the few cities with the “Creative City of Music “title given by UNESCO in 2009. Music in Ghent is diverse in terms of genre and genre, plus there are a lot of performance platforms for artists. The spirit of cooperation and interaction between the local musicians increases the popularity of the music. Some of the music festivals you can enjoy in gent include the ten-day city festival, the International Festival of Flanders Ghent for classical music lovers and the Gent Jazz Festival.
If you are interested in touring the city’s neighbourhood, you can start with Patershol village next to the Castle of the Counts. Patershol is a picturesque village boasting of well-built medieval alleys and street patterns. The town is also full of restaurants, cafes and galleries where one can meet and interact with the locals. Want to know where the rich live in gent? Go to Milijoenenkwartier neighbourhood. This area distinguishes itself from the rest of the city with luxurious mansions depicting a prestige contest between architects. Paul de Smet de Naeyer Park in the neighbourhood is a perfect picnic spot where you can relax after the long walk.
Sint-Pitetersnieuwstraat neighbourhood is where you can experience most of Ghent’s art culture such as film screening, dance classes and concerts. The street is among the oldest in gent but has attracted a lot of urban due to the huge presence of student pubs and budget hostels full of backpackers.
1. Historic City Centre or Old Town, (Gravensteen Castle, Belfry Tower, St Bavo’s Cathedral)
The best area for tourists is the city centre owing to its huge concentration of attraction sites. The sites include the medieval buildings, the Castle at Gravensteen, The docks of Graslei as well as the museums.
Tourists with a few days to spend in Ghent can stay in the city centre because most attractions will be a walking distance away from their accommodation. There are also a lot of hotels and other budget-friendly accommodations, making it easier to find a place.
Elisabethbegijnholf area is also favourable for tourists due to its proximity to the historical city centre. Most of the attractions, such as the medieval castle of Gravensteen, are a walking distance away.
The area is also full of restaurants, hotels and B&B accommodations with different classes from budget to luxurious.
The Sluizeken-Tolhuis-Ham district is an area full of budget accommodation and is close to major places of interest such as the graffiti street.
This area is busy at daytime, but there is no so much nightlife, though you can find a few pubs. Here you will also interact with the locals from the nearby apartments, mostly on the streets.
This area is the best for rail transport lovers. It is a fine spot for tourists from around Europe due to easy connections. The area is also full of shops and cafes plus you can use the trams to other Districts of Ghent.
Living near the train station will make it more convenient to leave if you wish to use a train when unlike when you have to connect from other areas such as Antwerp Central Station or Brussels South Station hotels.