This Travel Photography Guide of Ghent in Belgium with the top blogger things to do is the ultimate guide to explore the beautiful and historic Ghent or Gand in Belgium.
The Travel Photography Guide of Ghent in Belgium with the top Blogger things to do
Flashback to September.
Me and my friends went for a tour of Belgium and while it seemed still summertime in Bruges (read about the Ultimate Travel Guide of Bruges for the Blogger & Photography Lovers), it seemed proper winter in Ghent.
Which amplified the majestic old atmosphere of a true Belgium city. Travelling to Belgium is definitely an experience and if you wish to experience the local streets and corners, I highly suggest you to add Ghent to your travel list.
You won’t be disappointed.
As a blogger and big history lover, I have found Ghent to be a small hidden gem of Belgium.
The Travel Photography Guide of Ghent in Belgium
Ghent is a Belgium city where there is no sign in English so beware of that and be ready to start asking people for help. Luckily, locals are very kind. We went there by train on a rainy morning and got off at the wrong station. We were already lost.
You have to know that there are two station stops in Ghent and we obviously didn’t take the one closest to the city centre.
But never mind this, we took a tram and in 20 minutes we arrived at the main square.
The Photography Gear to Take with You to Ghent
As this is a travel photography guide I have to write a few things about what to carry on your backpack.
Since it may easily rain all of a sudden, be sure to have a waterproof backpack! Then I decided to take with me my Canon 5D MII because the city main colours are dark grey and orange so a little help from the higher digital ISO would come very handy.
- Take your Digital Camera with you (checked)
- Waterproof Backpack (checked)
- PowerBank or Charger for your Phone (not checked)
Another thing I highly suggest you is to take a charger or a power bank for your phone because if it rains, the best and quickest option you have to photograph is your phone.
Unfortunately, the battery of my phone finishes way too quickly, so in order not to miss any snaps, be sure to have your plan b at hands.
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The Top Things to Visit in Ghent Belgium as a Blogger
Despite not having road signs in English, Ghent has a double soul and it is very blogger friendly. The old medieval-gothic architecture co lives with new fancy bars and cafes.
Inside a beautiful old building with the town post office and a supermarket, you can find a fancy open space designed of wood and fairy lights with Le Pain Quotidian, a Beauty store (Byredo perfumes) and a fashion shop all in the same place.
My top tip is always to get a map but then starts to wander and get lost.
Follow what you see and what interests you and you might find some old house that looks like out of a creepy San Francisco street (Charmed kind of vibe) or an old castle on the river that I imagine Dracula’s twin brother lived there.
But let’s start by showing you some places you MUST visit.
The Best Instagram Spots to Visit in Ghent Belgium as a Blogger
It’s a greenhouse type of cafe in the city centre where its transparent glass design perfectly fit in the more historic scenario of the central square. Inside it’s full of plants and a joy for any blogger.
Ray Cafè – Klein Turkije 20, Ghent
The Graffiti Street of Ghent
Easy to find, just Google Graffiti Street on Maps – it’s a narrow street full of graffiti. Now if you know me a little you know that this is a stop I had to take. Street graffiti is a very fascinating art and here I was so happy to take some photos here.
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Like Bruges or Amsterdam, the canals are very typical and it’s impossible to resist and not photograph them. The reflection of the dark houses is quite the opposite of Bruges soft red buildings. Yet very compelling.
Gothic Churches & Medieval Architecture
If you are a history lover or you adore tv series such as The Witcher or Game of Thrones, then the overall architecture of Ghent will leave you breathless. I was so in love with it.
Okay, it is not Dracula’s castle but of another evil count of Ghent. I wish I entered to discover more of its history but even from outside is quite intimidating and beautiful.
Dracula’s Castle on the right – Gilmore Girls Inspired Bandstand below
Gilmore Girls Bandstand
Whenever I see a bandstand (exception for the Brighton one), I immediately think of Gilmore Girls. This metal one has a more Parisian vibe but still it is very pretty and you can find it in the Opera square.
I really have loved Ghent. It is a city perfect for a one day trip around Belgium where you will experience the real Belgian life. Bruxelles is too cosmopolitan, Bruges very touristic while Ghent remains a city of rebels and true Belgian citizens.
Plus since you are a photography lover, Ghent offers you so much to shoot and a different view of Belgium. So this Travel Photography Guide of Ghent in Belgium with the top Blogger things to do leaves with tons of reasons to book your ticket for Belgium!
Spring or autumn are the best seasons to go! So are you starting to think of your next trip?
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