Ever wondered how it would have been like if you had to study at a university located in a city decked with picturesque canals and medieval architecture buildings so close to being surreal and yet not indifferent to the city life.
An atmosphere where calmness and charm of the city would offset the load of the heavy books. And a multitude of festivities throughout the year would keep you relaxed and rejuvenated.
Belgian city Ghent is a university city thriving with a large population of students. The allure of the city is an inspiration to the students who in turn have kept the city vibrant amidst the riches of the well-preserved medieval charm.
The University of Ghent ranks among the top hundreds and has produced many scholars.
The city of Ghent hosts a string of festivals and carnivals throughout the year which beckon partygoers, music-lovers, and performers from all over the world.
Gentse Feesten held every year in the month of July is a music festival which is attended by more than 2 million enthusiasts. The 10-day festival hosts a series of street acts, free concerts, and music shows.
The Light Festival held every three years at the end of January lights up the city with stunning glow and spectacular colors. The arrangements all over the city by the light artists give a different perspective to the charm of the historical center. The festival also provides the Ghent students and youngsters with an opportunity to showcase their talent.
Then there is the six-day track cycling event held annually in the month of November in ‘Kuipke’ stadium where the cyclists race through the crowd engrossed in the carnival atmosphere. The city also hosts several other festivals which keep the spirit and vibrancy of the city intact.
The city of Ghent is well connected with the capital city Brussels by trains with a journey time less than an hour. The city of Ghent is also well connected with the other popular tourist cities of Belgium. Bruges and Antwerp can be easily visited as a day trip from Ghent.
Hop on onto one of the tour boats to cruise around the city’s romantic waterways dotted with Gothic guildhalls, iconic Castle of the Counts, and the local markets or spend an evening at one of the trendy bar or cafes and talk the time away.
The Ghent city awash with stunning medieval architecture, towering churches and gorgeous quaint houses along the dreamy canals would not have to try hard to make a place in your hearts.
How do you feel about an idea to spend your college life in a city bedecked with canals and festivities? Do share your views in comments.