Ghent City Centre — Stay in Ghent city centre with all major attractions only minutes away. Cheap and luxury hotels within walking distance of the pubs, restaurants, and historical locations. Accommodation beside The Graslei, one of the most scenic places in Ghent’s old city centre.
Other interesting highlights in the center of town are the Saint Bavo Cathedral with the Ghent Altarpiece, City Museum for Contemporary Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Belfry, and the Gravensteen castle.
A good place to start your visit to Ghent is the middle of town dominated by the imposing 12th Century fortress of Gravensteen (Castle of the Counts of Flanders).
Main Squares located in Ghent City Centre
Korenmarkt Square — central city square. The plaza is located between the Sint-Niklaaskerk or St Nicholas’s Church and the Leie River. Another main attraction located here is the Old Post Office.
Groentenmarkt — square in city centre of Ghent where you can find het Groot Vleeshuis (15th century), a former medieval meat hall, market and guild hall.
Emile Braunplein — historical square dominated by the Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle). The Belfry was completed in 1380 and was a symbol of the city’s autonomy. You can go to the 66m high Belfry’s upper gallery by elevator, see the bells and enjoy a panoramic view of the city center. The nearby Cloth Hall dates back from 1425 and was the gathering place of wool and cloth merchants. The square is surrounded by several hotels such as the NH Gent Belfort, located next to Ghent’s historic town hall building.
Sint-Baafsplein — location of the St. Bavo’s Cathedral or Sint Baafskathedraal. The Cathedral is known for the Ghent Altarpiece formally known as The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, a 24-panel altarpiece by Hubert and Jan van Eyck. The cathedral is also home to the work of Peter Paul Rubens ; Saint Bavo enters the Convent at Ghent. An accommodation right opposite the Cathedral is cheaper Ibis Gent St Baafs Kathedraal, offering modern guest rooms.
Sint-Veerleplein — site of Het Gravensteen or Castle of the Counts originating from the Middle Ages. Just a few steps away from the castle is the Hotel Gravensteen, dating back from 1865 when it was an old mansion.
Vrijdagmarkt Square — square where the greater part of public political and social life took place in previous centuries. In the middle of the square stands a statue of Jacob Van Artevelde.