Ghent is known as one of Belgium’s liveliest cities with its many bars and terraces located throughout the city. No wonder Ghent is popular with students! As a tourist, you’re guaranteed to have a wonderful time here too. But take note, holiday budgets have a limited lifespan and time flies on a terrace! So we listed a few budget tips to make sure you spend a delicious and affordable city break in Ghent.
In Ghent you can celebrate the best vacation on a shoestring budget! We put a few budget tips in a row, from transportation to unforgettable attractions.
Stroll and save
Next to Antwerp and Bruges, Ghent is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Belgium. What makes Ghent stand out from these three cities however, is its smaller size, attractive vibe and cost-friendliness. Ideal for any budget! Just as in Antwerp and Bruges, the city’s atmosphere can best be felt while walking through its streets. The centre of the city in particular is one vast attraction. Be sure not to miss out on the St. Bravo Cathedral, an amazing piece from the 14th century. Continue inside, where for a few euros you can see the famous work by the brothers van Eyck: ‘The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb’.
The Belfry is another must-see attraction in Ghent. The 95-meter high tower symbolizes the city’s independence. For a small fee you can venture up the stairs where a stunning view awaits. The options for an amazing view are endless in Ghent. For a few euros, they can also be had from castle Gravensteen (castle of the counts) or the St. Michael’s Bridge. Saves you a fair number of steps to climb and a few Euros while you’re at it!
UNESCO for free
Is visiting a UNESCO World Heritage Site on your bucket list? Then you’re at the right place in Ghent! The Kleine Begijnhof (small beguinage) is a quiet, private courtyard where beguine women once withdrew to in order to devote themselves to God. In essence, it’s a ‘village’ created with all the necessary amenities for living together. Like most UNESCO sites in Belgium, the Kleine Begijnhof is free to visit.
CityCard Ghent: the smart buy!
Public transportation in Ghent is relatively inexpensive. A handy tip: buy a CityCard Ghent if you’re planning to visit different museums and get the most out of public transport. You can then travel by tram or bus in the city for free! This furthermore covers all the costs for museum entrance fees, attractions and an inner city boat ride. You can purchase the CityCard Ghent at tourist offices, hotels and participating museums.
Night out on a budget
A large shareof the vacation budget usually ends up being spent on wining and dining. But you don’t always have to spend a fortune for quality. Romain Roquette is a great example where you can create the tastiest salads yourself. Visit the old but beautiful building of Julie’s House for the finest cup of coffee and a relaxed ambience. Want to enjoy music after dinner? Then be sure to stop by Café de Loge where a free concert is held every week!