Opened in July 2019, Ghent in Motion is the newest way to explore the city. You go down a set of steps into a 13th-century cellar where you can choose between 8 languages for your headset. Every half hour you’re guided into the screening room where you can either stand or sit on one of the benches for the 25-minute experience.
I like the way it’s organised into 5 chapters: a brief history of the cellar you’re actually in, a whistle stop tour through Ghent’s historical highlights (while a light projects a handy year counter on the wall), sweeping drone views of the city, a bit about culture and Ghent’s present and future, and finally a really arty light installation projected onto the wall of the cellar itself.
If you’re visiting the city for the first time I think this is the perfect place to start, as it gives you a nice intro to the history and vibe of the city. And as a local, I learnt quite a bit about Ghent’s history. But trying to recognise as many of the city’s landmarks as possible from the sky is definitely the most fun part.