Ghent was by far the biggest surprise of our trip to Belgium. I had decided to visit Brussels and Bruges when I noticed Ghent as a stop on the way. After giving it a Google, pictures were relatively underwhelming but the general consensus was that it was a ‘hidden gem’ so we decided to stop for the night on our way back to Brussels.
After checking in at our hotel, we took a leisurely walk into the ‘Korenmarkt’, a square in the middle of the historic center of the city which we had heard was a great place to start. Due to the location of our hotel, our walk into the square was incredibly picturesque. We crossed a bridge over the Leie river where we could see all the way down the ‘Graslei’ and ‘Korenlei’ quays whilst also catching a glimpse of St Nicholas’ Church.
As we were visiting at the beginning of January, Christmas market stalls were still set up in the square. We wandered around the stalls and bought some Belgian waffles to take with us on our walk to the ‘Gravensteen’ castle. We purchased tickets to take a tour of the castle – it’s still in great condition and had a beautiful Swan Lake theme running through them all at the time.
We didn’t realize that as part of the tour, we would emerge at the top of the castle and be offered amazing views of the city from its battlements. Our timing worked out well: we were able to capture panoramic views of the city during sunset.
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