Sampling famous Belgian beers. In the 17th century, some 550 breweries were based in Gent. You can still try many of their beers in nearby bars but only one operational brewery remains, Gruut, where you can take a tour and enjoy a tasting session.
The architectural finery of the medieval old town surrounds you as you loop the River Leie. Gaze up at everything from stark Art Deco buildings to ornate 14th-century churches, the best city views being from the 12th-century Gravensteen castle.
Take a lazy cruise along the River Leie for a new perspective on what was once one of the biggest and wealthiest cities in the world. The small tour boats leave from a pretty wharf near the impressive Great Butcher's Hall, known as Vleeshuis.
The city centre of Gent has the largest pedestrianized shopping area in Belgium with plenty of traffic measures in place. This hotel is outside the Low Emission Zone. No registration req. More details on lez2020.gent. Ask the friendly Front Desk staff at Holiday Inn Express Gent for your most convenient travel options when heading into the city. Bus 8 and 19 stop regularly at walking distance.