Known as the third largest city in the country of Belgium, Gent has a lower tourist population than other major cities such as Antwerp and Bruges, yet it still holds its own unique presence. With its glorious canals, cobblestone streets, medieval towers and quiet ambiance, this university town should not be missed when in Belgium. It is a fabulous escape for travelers who really want to stay away from large crowds and busy traffic.
Major attractions include St. Baaf's Cathedral, Gravensteen Castle, the Belfort Tower, St. Michielsbrug, Graslei boat trips across the waterways, the bustling Belgian market called Vrijdagmarkt, the 13th century Bijlokemuseum and the leading art gallery, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst. (SMAK)