When you arrive in Ghent by train you can hop on the tram to go to the city center. But you should know it’s only a 30 minute walk with beautiful views.
Let me guide you on the route I do every day. If you leave the Sint-Pieters-Station you’ll have to look for the street to the left in front of you, the Koning Albertlaan.
First thing you need to do: look up. The houses are magnificent. This neighbourhood developed in the beginning of the 20th century together with the train station. The rich and famous of that time built their houses here. You’ll find different styles of architecture. Truly a pleasure for the eye of the architect lover. Most of the houses stood the test of time, that’s what makes this street unique.
Once you reach the bridge across the water Google maps will tell you to walk straight ahead. But you should listen to me and go the right into the Henleykaai. Wave at the building on the corner, I might wave back, because that’s where I live.
The only thing you need to do now is follow the water. You’ll pass the ringroad and the STAM, the city museum. And at the Bijlokekaai you’ll have a wonderfull view of the modernist Boekentoren. I love it! After the Bijlokekaai and the Baertsoenkaai, the Lindelei, Recollettenlei and Ajuinlei brings you to the most famous view of Ghent. That’s what we all wanna see, aren’t we?