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2. Belfort - Ghent's belfry is a prominent landmark, rising 91m (299ft) to the gilded dragon on the tip of its spire. It was built in 1380-91 and served for centuries as look-out tower, clock and alarm. It houses a 54 bell carillon, which is used for regular concerts. There is a lift to the top.
3. Stadhuis - The impressive town hall was the scene of some of the great landmarks in the city's history. Inside is a series of council chambers, still in use today - some dating back to the 15th century, others refurbished during restoration after 1870.
5. Graslei and Korenlei - The Graslei and Korenlei are departure points for canal trips. The two quays are lined with the step-gabled guild-houses of merchants and tradesmen that date back to the 12th century. Sint Michelsburg, the bridge at the southern end, offers the best views of the city.
6. Design Museum Gent - This museum is a must for anyone with the slightest interest in furniture, furnishings and interior decoration. Housed in a grand 18th century mansion, plus an uncompromisingly modern extension, it provides a tour through changing European styles from the 17th century to the present. The Art Nouveau collection is particularly rewarding, with work by Horta, Galle and Lalique.
8. Klein Begijnhof - There are three beguinages in Ghent, but this is by far the prettiest. With step-gabled, whitewashed houses set around a little park and Baroque church, it is a classic of its kind - a fact recognized by its statue as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was founded as a community of single women in about 1235, and has been continuously occupied, although the residents are no longer beguines. Most of the present houses date from the 17th century.
9. Het Huis van Alijn - Just north of the center of Ghent is a quaint and folksy quarter called the Petershol, a warren of little medieval streets and alleys. This is the backdrop for one of the best folk museums in Belgium (it was formerly called the Museum voor Volkskunde). A huge and fascinating collection of artifacts - toys, games, shoes and crockery, as well as complete shops and craftsmen's workshops - are laid out within almshouses set around a grassy courtyard.
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*** Ghent River Hotel - This functional modern hotel has 77 rooms occupying a converted 16th century house and 19th century factory. It is located on the bank of the River Leie close to the lively Vrijdagmarkt. A small brick pier means that this is the city's only hotel that can be accessed by boat.
*** Hotel Harmony - a stylish, family-run hotel located in Patershof, the oldest quarter of Ghent. The hotel features a courtyard swimming pool and a series of upscale rooms facing the canal; all have roof terraces with views over the city.
*****NH Gent Belfort This chain certainly knows how to deliver style and comfort. The Belfort has all the facilities of a hotel of this rank, including a fitness room sauna, and is very centrally located, opposite the Stadhuis.
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