A day trip from Antwerp back in 2006, Ghent is a lesser known but very pleasant Belgium town, filled with huge churches and historic buildings, plus lots of bikes and canals of course.

The skyline is dominated by three huge churches, a reminder of when it was the second largest city north of the Alps (after Paris). St Niklaaskerk is the oldest and most dominant.

St Baafskathedraal and Belfort complete up the ‘three towers of Ghent’.

Gravensteen Castle was well worth visiting, for an atmospheric interior (including torture chamber) and views of the city skyline.

Huis Van Alijn is home to objects from the recent and not so recent past.

The best museum though was the Ghent Design Museum with some lovely examples of Art Nouveau interiors.

To end with more historic architecture, a pleasure to explore on foot or bike.

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