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Standing at the convergence of the Scheldt and Leie rivers is the beautiful city of Ghent

A city with a long history, during the Medieval times Ghent was actually the second largest city of Europe after Paris. The city is popular among youngsters because of the university. The city is built around different open spaces and historic churches.

Ghent has a few Masaajid including the Islamic Cultural Centre, Masjid Al Fath and the Masjid van Ghent. Visitors can also find a few halal restaurants in the city. The local cuisine in Ghent is simply delicious. The local delicacies combine the French taste with strong European flavours.

The Ghent Belfort towering over the old cloth hall is a beautiful belfry. If you have the energy to climb to the top, you can enjoy some great views of the city from there. The Ghent Cathedral of St. Bavo is the most impressive piece of architecture in the city. Do make a visit to the Ghent Castle of Counts or the Gravensteen. Another fascinating attraction in the city is the Gerard de Duivelsteen or the Castle of Gerard the Devil.

Ghent has a fair share of museums among which the Ghent City Museum and Museum of Modern Art are a must visit. The Museum of Fine Arts has some spectacular exhibits. The Folklore Museum has been created carefully and features Belgian handicrafts from the ancient time. Another worth visiting gem is the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design; it features furnishings from the Renaissance period and 19th century and exclusive artwork. The Museum of Archaeology and Industrial Textiles is also a noteworthy museum. If you are visiting Ghent between April and October, then do take a cruise on the canals, it takes you along the main highlights of the city.

The Veldstraat is the main shopping street in the city. Lined with shops that sell almost everything, this pedestrian friendly street is best for getting great deals. Flemish handicrafts, fashion accessories, Belgian chocolates and sweets and handmade linen and lace are the best souvenirs to buy in the city. You can also enjoy shopping along Hoomstraat, Hoogpoort, Kortrijksepoortstraat and the Mageleinstraat. You can also check out the shops around the Brabantdam and the Vrijdagmarkt.

The centre of Ghent is quite small and you can easily get around on foot. You can also take a tram or a bus. Hiring a bicycle to explore the city is also a great option.

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Belgium Info

ADMINISTRATIVE CAPITAL: Brussels

 

GEOGRAPHY

Situated in the North Europe, Belgium is surrounded by the boarders of France, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany and boarders the north sea. Belgium has an area of 30,527 sq Kilometres.

DEMOGRAPHY

A population of close to 11 Million. Muslims account for about 6% of the population.

CLIMATE

Influanced by the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean Belgium has a temperate maritime climate like most of Northwest Europe. The average temp in the country is Aprox 9.8C (50F).

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

Belgium uses three official languages : Dutch, French and German

LOCAL TIME

GMT +1 hr.

BUSINESS HOURS
General: 10 AM to 6 PM

HOLIDAYS
New Year's Day: January 1st
Labour Day : May 1st
National Holiday: July 21st
Assumption of Mary : Augest 15th
All Saints : November 1st
Armistice Day : November 11th
Christmas : December 25th

CURRENCY

Euro

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Police/Medical/Fire: 112

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