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Mark Smither

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Should we spend three nights in Ghent or move around a bit?

We are going to spend three nights in northern Belgium in between stops in Amsterdam and Paris in mid-July. The Ghent Festival will be going on, but we also enjoy bicycling and beer. We were considering spending all three nights in Ghent and taking a train to Bruges to spend one of our three days.

We are an adventuresome, fairly fit couple in our early 50's. 

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  • Jessica Van Dop DeJesus

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    Ghent is my favorite Flemish cities! The Ghent Festival is a lot of fun and there is a lot to do during that time. If you like to bike, go to the canals on long bike rides and you can get to see a more rural side of Flanders. I suggest you also take a day trip to Antwerp from Ghent, it's cheap and short trip on train.

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  • Tina Fabry

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    Since Belgium is small you can stay in Ghent and move around. It's about a half hour to Bruges, or about the same if you want to visit Antwerpor even Brussels. So if you do not want to move with suitcases all the time it would be a good idea to stay in Ghent You can take a small boat when the weather is nice in Ghent. You are your own captain and see some great nature and houses… Have fun !

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      Ooooh, renting a boat there sounds like it would be awesome! · (0 likelikes)

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    If you like cycling, Ghent is a good basis. The area around the rivers Leie and Schelde is fairly flat. Flanders has a system called the "fietsknooppuntennetwerk" (literally translated as cycling nodes network) which you can use to assemble your own route. More info on knooppunter.com.

    Taking the train to visit Belgium, Brugges is a good idea. The journey is less than 20 minutes and you won't need more than a day to visit the city. The same goes for Brussels, half an hour by train and certainly worth a visit as well (but you can easily spend more than a day there).

    Keep in mind that the center of Ghent will be packed in the evenings during the festival. It could be very noisy (till early in the morning: 7am, 8am) if you're in a hotel near a busy street.

    You can enjoy beer pretty much everywhere. Bars in all cities will have a large variety of beers. If you want to visit a brewery: Brouwerij De Halve Maan in the center of Bruges or Stadsbrouwerij Gruut in the center of Ghent for example can be an option for you. Or you can go to a brewery outside the city by bike.

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    I would choose for 2 days Ghent and 1 day Bruges. I studied in Bruges and it's very cosy and very friendly, but you're able to see the most beautiful things in 1 (long) day

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