The proud city, Manhattan of the Middle Ages, City of Flowers or Flanders' Secret - these are all names for Ghent. Just as versatile as its names also is the culture of the Belgian city.
In the Middle Ages, Ghent was a metropolis in Europe - only Paris was bigger. This background explains why there are nearly 10,000 buildings of cultural and historical value in the city. In addition to its exciting past, the city also has a modern scene with small boutiques, hip cafes and many vegetarian restaurants. During the ‘Gentse Feesten’ – a ten-day festival of street performance, music and culture that takes place in the city centre every July – these magnificent buildings really come into their own, illuminated by light installations It is a truly spectacular sight. Ghent is a lively city that combines history and modernity and is perfect for those who are interested in Belgian culture and at the same time want to unwind on vacation.
Step aboard one of the A-ROSA cruise ships and discover Ghent from the river.
During your cruise on the Rhine, the A-ROSA AQUA, the A-ROSA BRAVA and the A-ROSA SILVA will dock in beautiful Ghent. Explore the city by yourself, or join one of our guided excursions with a guide who knows their way around. While you are still chatting to your fellow guests, the ship will depart and head for the next city – perhaps Antwerp or Rotterdam.
In the Middle Age castle Gravensteen you can immerse yourself into the medieval world of castles and knights and learn more about the habits, traditions and stories of the 12th century. The count's castle looks back on an eventful history and since its restoration at the beginning of the 20th century shines again in its old glory.
At 91 meters tall, the slender watchtower is the tallest of its kind in Belgium and offers a breathtaking view of the skyline. A fiery dragon awaits visitors at the top of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The proud symbol and mascot of Ghent has watched over the historic heart of the medieval city there since its construction in the 14th century.
Not only the St. Michael's Bridge itself has a very special charm with its brass fences and bronze lanterns, but also the panorama is amazing. From here, among many other sights, especially the famous three medieval towers of Ghent can be seen perfectly. The towers of the Belfry, St. Bavo's Cathedral and the Sint-Niklaaskerk church have formed the distinctive silhouette of the city for thousands of years.