When you arrive by train at Gent-Sint-Pieters and you’re heading to the city centre, there are 2 options: you can either take the tram, all packed and sweaty, or you choose to go on foot and fill your lungs with fresh air. At only 800m from the railway station lies the Citadelpark, an oasis of peace near the city centre.
The Citadelpark is the oldest and biggest park of Ghent, named after the large-scale citadel built on this site following the fall of Napoleon. On a sunny day this is the perfect place to have a picnic or play some outdoor games with a couple of friends. No wonder this is quite a popular meeting point among Ghent students.
What attracts me most, is that green and culture go perfectly hand in hand here. Within the park you can find different statues, monuments and cultural buildings such as the City Museum for Contemporary Art (SMAK) and the Citadel Park Velodrome.
Nice to know: all the special trees have been flanked by a name silt since 2005. A stroll through the park really feels like flipping through a nature encyclopedia.