Luxurious hotel close to the city centre of Ghent
Do you want to get away for a few days and visit the centre of Ghent? Then Van der Valk Hotel Ghent is the perfect base for a relaxing mini holiday. In fact, the luxury hotel is located a stone's throw from the center, on the outskirts of Ghent, close to both the E17 and E40. By car, you are in the centre within 15 minutes and by bike within 19 minutes. Do you prefer public transport? Then you can also reach the centre of Ghent quickly and easily.
You will not be bored in the hotel either. From a relaxing day in the wellness centre to drinking cocktails in our Skybar. We have it all.
Curious about what you can experience in the city of Ghent? We have listed a number of attractions for you. From a city walk through the centre of Ghent to a visit to the City Museum Ghent. In Ghent, you will experience it all.
Please note that Ghent has a low-emission zone. Check your vehicle online and avoid a fine. Registration is mandatory for all foreign license plates. Check here for more info and registration.
The historic city centre of Ghent
Would you like to discover the city of Ghent by foot? Then we recommend a city walk through the historical city centre of Ghent. You'll come across many historical points along the way. You can walk across the Korenmarkt, the Saint Michiel Bridge, the Korenlei and Graslei. You can also visit other unique sights such as the medieval Castle of the Counts or the stately St Baafs Cathedral.
A visit to the City Hall should not be missing from your to-do list during your visit to Ghent. At the Town Hall, you can enjoy an extensive guided tour. During this tour, you will visit the Pacification Hall, which used to be used as a courtroom. You will also visit the Arsenal Hall, where you can admire a beautifully painted wooden spit-board vault, and the Throne Room, which is distinguished by the paintings you can admire there.
Would you like to admire Ghent's Town Hall with your own eyes? Then you can take a virtual look inside the Town Hall on the site in advance!
Saint Michiels Bridge
Are you looking for a nice place to take unique photos? Then it is advisable to visit the Saint Michiels Bridge. In whichever direction you look, you are surrounded by the beauty of Ghent!
When you are on the Saint Michiels Bridge, you have a magnificent view of the famous Graslei and Korenlei, the medieval Castle of the Counts, the Saint Michiels Church and the 3 most famous towers of Ghent. Only on this bridge you have the unique view of so many different sights together. For an extra enchanting view and picture, it is recommended to visit the Saint Michiels Bridge in the evening: all the historical sights are then beautifully illuminated, which is perfect for some great pictures.
Korenlei & Graslei
The Graslei and the Korenlei are considered the most beautiful streets in Ghent. The Graslei is also the old port of Ghent. Would you like to see the centre of Ghent from a boat? You can take a boat trip along the Graslei and the Korenlei. There are various boat tours on offer. For a long boat tour, you can choose the city tour "Gent Compleet". This tour takes 1 hour and 30 minutes. Would you rather take a short tour? Then choose the city tour called "The Medieval Centre". During this tour, you can admire various sights from the water and it lasts 40 minutes.
Saint Baafs Cathedral - The Lamb of God
This majestic and stately building does not pass you by lightly. The impressive Saint Baafs Cathedral in Ghent was originally called the Saint John's Church. In this magnificent cathedral you can admire the divine masterpiece of the brothers van Eyck: the Lamb of God. You can also see the story of the Van Eyck brothers in Augmented Reality, which allows you to experience the story as if you were there yourself. How special is that? You travel through the past with your glasses or tablet and even come face to face with the one and only Lamb of God! Would you like to visit the Lamb of God and Saint Baafs Cathedral?
The Lamb of God:
Monday to Saturday: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday: 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Saint Baafs Cathedral:
Monday to Saturday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Gravensteen, a castle in Ghent
A visit to the medieval Gravensteen cannot be missed during your stay in Ghent. It is the only remaining medieval moated castle in Flanders with a virtually intact defence system. Your visit to the Gravensteen will give you a good idea of the chivalric culture in the 12th century; let yourself be carried away by the stories that happened in this castle and experience the medieval time of the knight.
Would you like to visit the medieval Gravensteen?
Monday to Sunday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
The Belfry of Ghent
This building is part of the world heritage. When you look at the magical skyline of Ghent, you cannot miss it. The Belfry is the middle tower of the famous row of towers, between the Saint Baafs Cathedral and the Saint Nicholas Church. The Belfry symbolises the city's prosperity and independence. The Belfry also houses a city carillon. Would you like to hear the city carillon? Then come to the centre on Sunday afternoons from 11:00 to 12:00 or on the first Friday evening of the month from 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM and admire the special sounds of the city carillon. For an even better view, there is also the possibility to climb the tower.
Would you like to visit the Belfry?
Monday to Sunday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saint Nicholas Church
Do you love history and want to know more about it? Then you can visit the Saint Nicholas Church. The Saint Nicholas Church is pure history. In the church, you can admire various beautiful pieces of furniture, including the twenty altars in baroque style, paintings by special masters, valuable stained-glass windows, funeral plates and fraternity plates of the Holy Sacrament. Did you know that St. Nicholas' Church acts as a kind of natural lantern by the way the light enters the tower of the church?
Can't wait to visit the Saint Nicholas Church? Then take a virtual look on the website.
The city museum of Ghent (STAM)
In this modern city museum, consisting of an abbey from the 14th century, a monastery from the 17th century and new buildings from the 21st century, you will learn about the story of the city of Ghent, from the Middle Ages to the present, through beautiful collection pieces that can be admired in the museum. There are also several exhibitions to visit. You can also have a nice cup of coffee in the STAMcafé. In short, the city museum of Ghent is definitely worth a visit.
Monday to Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM