Ghent is a city that you can’t drive through without stopping to look. They’ve long since known it at National Geographic and we can only confirm that it’s true. So visitors are always happy to come back and spend an evening over a cosy dinner and enjoyable coffee.
But did you know that Ghent became a great city as a result of textiles? In the Middle Ages, Ghent was one of the biggest cities in Europe. The cloth trade generated vast wealth for the city, which was translated into the construction of great stone houses, guildhalls and huge public buildings. However, the growing self-awareness of the people of Ghent also led to long, drawn-out conflicts with the various counts, dukes and emperors. Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, who was born in Ghent in February 1500, had a very special relationship with the city. Under his rule, the Ghent gentry were roundly humiliated because they opposed his taxes. Charles had them parade through the town, barefoot and in their nightgowns, with a noose round their neck. Since then, the noose has become the symbol of Ghent pride.
Here you’ll find all the interesting sights and experiences of the city: