Those traveling by train to Ghent will arrive on one of the city’s main stations, Gent-Dampoort or Gent-Sint-Pieters. Those arriving from Antwerp will alight at Gent-Dampoort whilst all other passengers, including those coming from Brussels, Bruges and along other BeNeLux train routes will need to alight at Gent-Sint-Pieters. All trains to Ghent are operated by the national train line, SNBC. Gent-Sint-Pieters is found to the south of central Ghent whilst Gent-Dampoort can be found nearer the center, just to the east. Both are connected to the rest of the city via tram and bus, although travelers arriving at Gent-Dampoort can choose to take the 10 minute walk to the city center.
Ghent is a fascinating and charming historic city, offering a more provincial feel than larger Belgian cities yet still boasting the cosmopolitan air and vibrancy of a top European destination. Once a major global powerhouse, much of the city’s architecture lends to its thriving medieval past. The old center of Ghent, Graslei, is built upon the canal side where visitors can enjoy along a street of perfectly conserved medieval buildings. Other top sights include the UNESCO protected 14th Century Belfry, adorned with a dragon and St Bavos Cathedral, home to Van Eyck's masterpiece, The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb. The imposing ‘Castle of the Counts’ and the city’s modernist towers blend seamlessly to add to this unique destination. Travelers can also learn more about the city’s industrial past at the MIAT museum before viewing fine and contemporary arts at the MSK and SMAK galleries.