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Zuiderlaan 12, B-9000 Gent
Ghent, Flemish Region
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Understand Ghent

Ghent (Gent in Dutch; Gand in French) is a city in Flanders, the northern part of Belgium. Ghent is a city with a population of a quarter of a million. As such, the inhabitants praise the city for its interesting crossover between open cosmopolitanism and the quiet atmosphere of a provincial town.

Ghent is thriving as many young people choose to live here instead of in the narrow-minded countryside or the crowded and disintegrating city centers of Brussels and Antwerp

Ghent is a city of history. During the Middle Ages, it was one of the richest and most powerful cities in Europe, second only to Paris (the Italian penisula excluded). This can be seen clearly when viewing the imposing architecture of churches and the houses of rich traders. The whole of the city center is restored in this fashion, and still breathes the atmosphere of a thriving late-medieval city state. As the city council made the center free of cars, it is now a very welcoming and open area, which does not fail to impress even the people who live there.

Ghent is also a university city with more than 100,000 students. As such, its streets are filled with young people. But, unlike Leuven, another university town in Flanders, youth is not the only category of people living there. There is an interesting mixture of foreigners who came to live there, or artists, amongst the native people of Ghent. Interestingly, other than the smaller provincial cities or the bigger city of Antwerp, this mixture makes the people more tolerant and open-minded. This atmosphere seeps into every aspect of city life. Many people of Ghent truly see the place like home, and are very proud to live there, seeing it as a place that will always welcome them back home.

The dense highway network in Belgium allows you to access Ghent easily by car. Two main highways E40 (Liege-Brussels-Ghent-Bruges-Ostend) and E17 (Antwerp-Ghent-Courtai-Lille) cross at Ghent. Brussels and Antwerp are 40 min away, Bruges 30 min. During rush hour you can easily double this times.

Modified: 2007-02-14 12:54:17+01
Source: http://wikitravel.org/en/Ghent


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Emperor Charles V was born in Ghent in 1500

Emperor Charles V was born in Ghent in 1500

Emperor Charles V was born in Ghent in 1500

Source: http://wikitravel.org/en/Ghent


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