What to see in Ghent in 3 days

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Joel Fulleda

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Ghent, also known as Ghent, is a wonderful village in Flandersas well as the largest historical center in Belgium. In this city, they hug medieval buildings, numerous and important museums e romantic channels, also navigable.

A three-day itinerary in Ghent allows you to enjoy the city in all its nuances, without any worries. Long walks and relaxation will allow you to fully immerse yourself in the atmosphere of this fairytale place.
Here what to see in Ghent in 3 days.


  1. 1 day
  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. How much does a weekend cost in Ghent
  5. User questions and comments

1 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Old Town, Cathedral of San Bavone, Belfry, Church of San Nicola

Our three-day itinerary in Ghent inevitably begins with the discovery of its historic center.
Let's make breakfast from Brasserie Agrea, specialized in waffles, with breakfast starting from € 10,00.

Let's visit, first of all, the cathedral of San Bavone. It is a magnificent Neo-Gothic architecture building and, inside, it houses the famous masterpiece of the Van Eyck brothers, the Polyptych of the Mystical Lamb (open approximately at 10: 00-17: 00).
The chapel that houses the Polyptych is open from April 1st to October 31st, from 09:30 to 17:00; from November 1st to March 31st, from 10:30 am to 16:00 pm; every Sunday the chapel closes at 13pm. The entrance fee is € 00, including audio guide.

The cathedral dominates the old town along with the bell tower, also called Belfry (10: 00- 18:00, € 8,00; from 19 to 25 years, cost € 2,70; for over 65s, cost € 6,00; free for minors and the disabled.). It is 91 meters high and was created as a lookout tower.

Finally, the church of San Nicola, also in Gothic style (10:00 - 17:00, Monday opening at 14:00, free).

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Museum of Design

After visiting the three symbols of the historic center, we stop at lunch da Soup'r, to enjoy an excellent soup from € 7,50.

Once refreshed, we continue towards the Design Museum, which is located about 700 meters from the main square (Mon 9: 30-17: 30, closed on Wednesday, € 8,00, reduced by € 6,00). This museum houses more than 20.000 objects and inside it is possible to admire bicycles, toys, artistic creations, but also historical relics, such as ancient wagons.

3 - Evening: Dinner, Vrijdagmarkt

In the evening, we reach Vrijdagmarkt, one of the strategic points to experience Ghent at night. We stop at price at Otomat, very famous for its pizzas, with prices starting from € 18,00 per person.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,5 km / 18 min
  • Places visited: historic center (free), San Bavone cathedral (€ 4,00), Beffroi (€ 8,00), San Nicola church (free), Design Museum (€ 8,00), Vrijdagmarkt (free)
  • Ghent: free guided walking tour with reservation
  • breakfast at Brasserie Agrea (Get directions); lunch at Soup'r (Get directions); dinner at Otomat (Get directions)

2 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Gravensteen, Patershol

The morning of the second day we dedicate it to visit the Castle of the Counts of Flanders and the surrounding neighborhood.

Let's make breakfast from In Choc Gent, with prices starting from € 5,00.
Immediately after we dedicate ourselves to visiting the castle, from the name Gravensteen, is a majestic building that boasts towers, moats and loopholes and is built in the style of the Crusader forts in Syria (10: 00-18: 00, € 10,00, reduced € 6,00).
The Castle is not accessible for wheelchair users.
Once the visit is over, we stroll through the streets of Patershol's medieval quarter surrounding Gravensteen, filled with delicious restaurants and cafes.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Museum of Industry

Right in the Patershol district we stop for a lunch typical at Vier Tafels, a brasserie offering traditional Belgian cuisine from € 30,00 per person.

We then continue to the Museum of Industry (MIAT), just 600 meters. The museum is housed in an old cotton mill and houses most of the industrial heritage of the city (9:00 -17: 00, closed Wednesdays, weekends 10: 00-18: 00. It costs € 6,00).

3 - Evening: Dinner, Vooruit

In the evening we can check the events in the cartel of the Vooruit, a café that also hosts exhibitions and concerts and which is usually open late into the night. From the Museum of Industry it can be reached by bus 5 and 8.

Upon exiting, we can stop by Little Amadeus for the price and enjoy excellent ribs, starting from € 20,00 per person.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,7 km / 34 min
  • Places visited: Gravensteen (€ 10,00), Patershol (free), museum of industry (€ 6,00), Vooruit (free)
  • Ghent: 2-hour private walking tour
  • breakfast at In Choc (Get directions); lunch at Vier Tafels (Get directions); dinner at Little Amadeus (Get directions)

3 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, STAM Museum, MSK Museum

Another morning dedicated to museums, the main attraction of the city.
Let's do it first breakfast at the STAMCafé, starting from € 12,00 per person.

We choose the Ghent city museum (STAM) to start the day (9: 00-17: 00, closed on Wednesday, € 8,00). The museum houses a series of artefacts, including multimedia ones, which illustrate the history of the city.

At the exit, with a walk of about ten minutes, we reach the Museum of Local Fine Arts (MSK), which offers visitors a series of works from Flanders and ranging from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. The Museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 09:30 to 17:30 (Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00). It is closed on Mondays, 25th, 26th December and 1st and 2nd January. The entrance fee is € 6,00 for adults; for young people aged 19 to 25, cost of € 2,00; free for minors and disabled people.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Ghent University, cruise

We have lunch nearby, precisely from Mub'Art, with a beautiful terrace and menus starting from € 15,00 per person and then we dedicate ourselves to an afternoon of relaxation and culture.

In fact, just 350 meters away, we can find the University of Ghent which, in addition to having an immense park, also has a library that represents a real architectural monument: the Boekentoren it hosts more than three million books and is ideal for immersing yourself in an atmosphere full of suggestions.

At the end, we take bus 5 or 8 and we reach the quay of Graslei, to embark on our boat, which will carry out a mini river cruise lasting one hour, with prices starting from € 7,50 per person - book your tour online

3 - Evening: Vena, Vlasmarkt

We conclude our itinerary by reaching the square Vlasmarkt, one of the focal points of nightlife of Ghent e let's have dinner at Jack Premium Burger Ghent, a fast food restaurant that offers excellent burgers with potatoes, starting from € 15,00 per person.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 4,5 km / 56 min
  • Places visited: STAM Museum (€ 8,00), MSK Museum (€ 6,00), Ghent University (free), cruise (from € 7,50), Vlasmarkt (free)
  • Ghent: guided boat tour in the medieval center
  • breakfast at STAMCafé (Get directions); lunch at Mub'Art (Get directions); dinner at Jack Premium Burger Ghent (Get Directions)

How much does a weekend cost in Ghent

Ghent is found in the average of European cities. It is easy to find cheap flights to Brussels, and from here the city can be reached by train or bus.

Although the entrances to many museums and attractions are quite expensive, it is possible to reduce the cost with the CityCard Ghent and includes all the most important attractions and trams and buses to get around the center! In addition, this card includes the rental of a bicycle for one day and a 1 hour boat cruise!
Ghent can be visited on foot, so you hardly ever need a taxi or other means of transport! Let's see in detail the costs for a weekend:

  • Costs to eat: about € 45,00 per day per person (including breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Costs for museums and attractions: 72-hour CityCard Gent, € 35,00 per person
  • Transportation: cost of trams € 1,20 per ride (free with the CityCard Gent). The bus from the airport costs € 15,00 each way
  • Hotels, accommodation and b & b: Hotel and b & b starting from € 70,00 per room -
  • Fun: from € 12,00 per person per day (including snacks, coffee, aperitifs, drinks, ...)
  • Total cost of a weekend in Ghent: from € 376,00 per person (return flight excluded)

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Ghent: it is a European village that can be visited all year round but, given the latitudes, to better enjoy the canals, we recommend spring and autumn, when the climate is milder - for more info on the climate
  • the local airport is Brussels Charleroi, which is 65 km from Ghent. From here you can take the direct Flibco bus (€ 15,00, arrives in 1 hour and 40 min) or the train, getting off at the main stop of Sint Pieters (€ 11,00, arrives in 28 min). Alternatively the taxi costs about € 85,00 and takes 42 min - flights starting from € 26,00 -
  • it is a very small city and for this reason it is advisable to stay overnight directly in the historic center or in the Patershol district, where it is possible to find numerous luxury residences transformed into accommodation.
  • Getting around: within the historic center it is advisable to move above all on foot but, alternatively and over long distances, it is also possible to move through the efficient tram network - for more info
  • Other: for free access to museums, attractions and free travel by public transport you can buy the CityCard Gent, valid for 48h (€ 30,00) or 72h (€ 35,00). Free for under 18s.

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