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The symposium will be held in the heart of the historical city of Ghent. Find a video about Ghent here



Belgium fires one’s imagination. People from all over the world are attracted to Belgium. It is no surprise then, that Belgium has a lot to offer. You will be able to briefly escape the daily grind, with a weekend in a Belgian city, but you can also plan a true voyage of discovery throughout Belgium. Those with a craving for art and culture or architectural beauty, will be pampered in our cities of art.

Those who would like a taste of our gastronomy, cultural events and nightlife will have every wish satisfied. As a result, the many cities of art are able to depend on an ever-increasing interest from tourists.

Other tourist attractions in Belgium are the Ardennes and the coast. Do you like hiking, cycling, sport, nature and tranquility? Then you will undoubtedly want to go to the Ardennes, Belgium’s lungs. Are you more likely to be tempted by sun, sea, sport and enjoyable bustle? Then there is the lure of the Coast. Belgium plays an important role in the gastronomic life of Western Europe. The Belgians are well known for their exuberant lifestyle and they take pleasure in their guests enjoying themselves. The restaurants are outstanding, and what is more agreeable to finish a beautiful day, than the enjoyment of a Flemish meat casserole with a Trappist beer from the Ardennes?



 It can’t be a coincidence that Ghent, the capital of East Flanders, was given several pretty names: medieval Manhattan, historical heart of Flanders, a city of all times, one of the most beautiful historical cities in Europe. According to National Geographic Traveller Ghent is “the most authentic Historic city in the World“ And Lonely Planet called Ghent “Europe’s best kept secret” The city combines an impressive past with a vivid present. You will hardly ever find such a diversity of architectural styles and treasures of which most are protected as national heritage by UNESCO. Strolling through Ghent often coincides with an adventurous travel through history.


But above all, Ghent is alive! Here pounds the young heart of a dazzling city of culture with music, theatre, film and visual arts. A city where cultural perspectives are constantly renewed and enlarged, where culture is a feast and where feasting is a form of culture. Not only art lovers but nearly everyone can find something here to suit his taste. Ghent offers over 500 restaurants, numerous pubs, pleasant shopping streets and an exciting nightlife.

Ghent, city of students

Over 72,000 student shave their homes in Ghent, which makes us the largest university town of Belgium with an international reputation when it comes to research and innovation. This creates a young and lively vibe and makes sure you’ll never feel like you’re walking alone through the city at night. Important to note in this context is that overall, Ghent can definitely be considered as a safe city.


Ghent, city of light

When the sun sets, the city lights up again with a magical play of light and shadow with the award-winning lighting plan developed by the famous lighting designer Roland Jéol. The Ghent lighting plan (Ghent is the only Belgian city with a lighting plan) kicks in as thousands of lights are switched on. It’s not a mishmash of styles, but a carefully crafted network of atmospheres and accents. As a meeting destination, the city can be proud of what they achieve on a yearly basis. Ghent houses about 120 international congresses a year, good for a total amount of 30,000 participants.


Ghent, city of water

Water plays a key role in Ghent. The city developed at the confluence of the rivers Lys and Scheldt. Water invariably creates a sparkling atmosphere, distinctive of water cities: you always get a holiday feel. The Municipality was rewarded for its considerable efforts to obtain clean water, full of life.

Explore the old city center of Ghent by embarking on a classic boat trip through the old city center of Ghent or on a long exploration of the inland waterways. Original formulas such as the brunch boat, aperitif boat, the champagne boat and the Ghent party boat are ideal setting for parties. Special roofed boats keeps one dry at all times.

Colorful parasols and cheerful chattering voices have once again conquered the banks of the Lys and the Scheldt. Above all, water tourism attracts new visitors to the city, who will find prime anchorage in the perfectly situated Portus Ganda marina. Together with four other marinas Ghent hosts about 500 berths for motor and sailing yachts near the city center.

Worth seeing are also the cities of Brussels, Antwerp and Bruges.