Gent is a city and a municipality in the Flemish Region of Belgium. It is the capital and largest city of the East Flanders province and after Antwerp the largest municipality of Belgium. The city started as a settlement at the confluence of the Rivers Scheldt and Leie and in the Late Middle Ages became one of the largest and richest cities of northern Europe, with some 50,000 people in 1300. It is a port and university city.
Gent has a beautiful Christmas market, which was not as crowded as the markets in Luxembourg or Trier. The food stalls offer mulled wine, wurst and all the usual Christmas market delights. There were more than 130 wooden huts in the market spread out from Sint-Baafsplein, along the Botermarkt and Klein Turkije to the end of the Korenmarkt. The whole neighbourhood had got out its Christmas decorations, including Donkersteeg, Groentenmarkt and Sint-Veerleplein. The giant Ferris wheel located in front of St Bavo’s Cathedral gave us a panoramic views of the city. Well worth a visit.