Ghent is the capital of the province East-Flanders. The spoken language is Dutch, but many people will speak English as their second or third language. It is a city where past and present co-exist. Walking trough the city with it’s scenic canals feels like traveling trough the past. The city is filled with ancient and modern culture.
Motorized vehicles are banned in a large part of the city. However, Ghent has an extensive network of public transport lines. Ghent also has the largest designated cyclist area in Europe, with nearly 400 kilometres (250 mi) of cycle paths and more than 700 one-way streets, where bikes are allowed to go against the traffic.
There are trains to Ghent running from almost all major Belgian cities. Brussels is only 40 minutes away, Bruges only 25. Antwerpen is about 50minutes away from Ghent by train. For more information about the trains in Belgium, check the Belgian Public Transport guide: http://belgiumtravel.info/en/belgium-public-transport-guide/
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