Ghent (35 mi/56 km northwest of Brussels) is set on the banks of three rivers—the Lys, Lieve and Scheldt. This university town has a nice combination of the ancient and the contemporary—and fewer tourists than Bruges, even though it isn't quite as perfectly preserved as its neighbor.
The old section of town should be seen on foot. Start at St. Michael's Bridge to get an overview of the famous Ghent towers (St. Nicholas' Church, the Belfry, St. Bavo's Cathedral), then visit the belfry (note th... Subscribe to travel42 to read the full Destination Guide. travel42 offers professionally written guides on more than 5,700 travel destinations and ports-of-call worldwide. Go to travel-42.com to learn more, or call 1.866.566.8136 to subscribe. Copyright (c) 2017 Northstar Travel Media, LLC. travel42.