The city of Gent is located in the Flemish region of Belgium; it can also be referred to as Ghent. It is the capital and largest city of the East Flanders province. As well as being a city Gent is also a municipality made up of the surrounding towns of Afsnee, Desteldonk, Drongen, Gentbrugge, Ledeberg, Mariakerke, Mendonk, Oostakker, Sint-Amandsberg, Sint-Denijs-Westrem, Sint-Kruis-Winkel, Wondelgem, and Zwijnaarde. Conveniently located between Brussels and Bruges, Gent showcases medieval buildings, canals, and a host of tourist attractions. Gent began life as a settlement at the confluence of the Rivers Scheldt and Lys. In the middle ages it became one of the largest and richest cities of northern Europe. Today it is a busy city with a port and a university.
North of the city proper lies the port of Gent, the third largest port in Belgium. It is accessed by the Gent-Terneuzen Canal, which ends near the Dutch port of Terneuzen on the Western Scheldt. The port houses big companies like Arcelor-Mittal, Volvo Cars, Volvo Trucks, Volvo Parts, Honda, and Stora Enso. The Gent University and a number of research oriented companies are situated in the central and southern part of the city. These companies include Ablynx, Innogenetics, Cropdesign, and Bayer Cropscience. Flanders Expo is the largest event hall in Flanders, and the second largest in Belgium. This attracts many business visitors to Gent. Tourism is increasingly becoming a major employer in the local area. There are both many options for office space in the area.
Entertainment And Dining Out
Visitors to Gent should take the time to visit the basement of the Belfry Tower. Here they can view an incredible archaeological site. There are plenty of great restaurants and cafes throughout the city. Many of the restaurants are located near the riverfront and along the pedestrian walkways. De Gekroonde Hoofden is a large, airy restaurant situated just a few steps from Gent’s castle, it offers spare ribs as a specialty.
The Brussels International Airport is where most visitors to Gent fly into. There is passenger rail service available between Gent and the airport. Visitors from the United Kingdom can catch a ferry to Ostend, as Gent is only a short train ride from the Ostend ferry terminal. The R4 and the R40 are ring roads that connect the city to the suburbs and surrounding areas.