One of the best waterfront walks in Ghent begins at Dampoort station and follows the tree-lined quay Schoolkaai to reach the River Leie. The route then continues down a quiet stretch of waterfront until the river splits. Here you can follow the overgrown towpath Achtervisserij to discover a forgotten corner of Ghent where locals paddle in canoes past factory walls sprayed with graffiti by Bué the Warrior.
One of the best urban walks in Europe follows the quiet, overgrown quay Bijlokekaai, with strange fin-de-siècle university buildings on one side and steep gardens and old tea houses on the opposite bank. The walk contunues along Lindenlei, then crosses over to the other bank at the start of Predikherenlei. Here you see the ancient stone monastery Het Pand on the opposite bank before passing under the Sint-Michielsbrug to emerge on the beautiful Graslei waterfront.
Ghent after dark
Ghent is an exceptionally atmospheric city after dark because of dramatic lighting installed in 1998. Start a night walk on Sint-Michielsbrug and follow the waterfront north to the Vrijdagmarkt. Then head east to the streets around the Sint-Jacobskerk.
Art Nouveau walk
A one-hour walk through the streets around the Citadelpark takes you past some of Ghent's most beautiful Art Nouveau houses. Begin at Sint-Pietersstation and walk down Prinses Clementinalaan to see the flamboyant Art Nouveau houses decorated with ironwork and painted tiles. Then walk down Parklaan, Fortlaan and Kunstlaan.
Some of the most striking architecture in Ghent can be seen if you walk down the narrow towpath that runs along Muinkkaai. Start at the north end, near Woodrow Wilsonplein, and you will see the East Flanders Chamber of Commerce, the back of the 1913 Vooruit building and several university buildings, including the brutalist concrete Faculty of Economics from the 1970s and the new Facultuty of Economics building designed by Stéphane Beel. then you come to the baroque Sint-Pieters Abbey, followed by the Artevelde College built just beyond the bridge built by architects Crépain-Binst.