The Beauty of Rainy Ghent

Ghent on a rainy day Belgium Travel Blog

There is not always a ‘real’ summer in Northern & Western Europe, so sometimes you just have to do deal with rain. I personally like summer rain but only if the temperature stays hot like in tropical destinations. This generally is not the case in Europe. Quite the opposite. A rainy day usually means that it’s a good idea to bring that jumper or light jacket with you. And an umbrella, of course.

Yet, rain doesn’t mean that the day is not beautiful. I spent a rainy summer day in Ghent and it was gorgeous. I love sitting in cafes, having a cappuccino or a glass of wine and reading in my kindle. What else is there to do when it’s raining haha. If you are not a fan of wine, did you know that Belgium has some really amazing beer?!

Architecture Ghent on a rainy day Belgium Travel Blog

Ghent makes a great weekend trip if you are based in Europe. Here are some of the must-see sights in Ghent: Gravensteen Castle, Saint Nicholas Church, Graslei and Korenlei, St. Michael’s Bridge, St. Bavo’s Cathedral, The Belfry, Vismarkt. Check out the Ghent tourism website for much more info and more suggestions for things to do in Ghent: Visit Ghent

Saint Nicholas Church

Graslei and Korenlei & St. Michael’s Bridge

Ghent on a rainy day Belgium Travel Blog

Ghent on a rainy day Belgium Travel Blog

Ghent on a rainy day Belgium Travel Blog


Ghent on a rainy day Belgium Travel Blog

The Belfry & Vismarkt


Ghent on a rainy day Belgium Travel Blog


12th Century castle Gravensteen

Ghent City Centre

There is so much to see in the city centre! Don’t forget to walk through a few of the quaint streets that will lead you to lots of hidden sights :)

Ghent on a rainy day Belgium Travel Blog

Ghent on a rainy day Belgium Travel Blog

.. and if you are lucky, after rain, there will be sun :)

So after all, the sun did decide to make an appearance. Perfect to walk through Ghent’s beautiful alleys and see the city’s stunning historic architecture. And if you like, hop on and have a little tour on the coach. FYI, I’m just pretending – I’m super allergic against horses. This kind of city tour would be such a nightmare for me haha


Ghent on a rainy day Belgium Travel Blog

Ghent on a rainy day Belgium Travel Blog


Ghent is such a beautiful city with lots of stunning historic architecture and quaint little alleys and shops. If you are doing an extended Western Europe trip, make sure to add a couple of days in Ghent to your agenda. And if you are a fan of little coastal towns, check out these 7 reasons why you should visit Belgium’s Ostend.




  1. September 7, 2017 / 12:38 pm

    I love Belgium. The people are so friendly and the architecture is just stunning! I did like Ghent and thought it was a lovely place to sit and watch the world go by.

  2. September 7, 2017 / 3:39 pm

    Lovely photos. We don’t really have a summer so we? Just few really warm days. Raining here as I type.

  3. September 7, 2017 / 9:18 pm

    There is so much beautiful architecture! Lovely series of photos depicting your trip and glad the rain didn’t spoil things for you

  4. September 16, 2017 / 11:14 pm

    OMG I loveeee travel and now I am missing it hard. I feel like I have been to Belgium, but a LONGGGG time ago – so …. OBVIOUSLY I have to go back! Europe is friggin’ amazing!

  5. September 25, 2017 / 9:59 pm

    i love visiting place like this! so picture perfect and beautiful!

  6. September 26, 2017 / 5:19 am

    Wow! These are gorgeous photos! I’ve been to London and Rome, but can’t wait until I can get to more countries in Europe! My husband’s family are from Prague, so that’ll probably be one of our first stops. Ghent looks lovely!

  7. September 30, 2017 / 3:40 pm

    I live in Los Angeles where it literally never rains in summer. Like not at all. So a little summer rain seems appealing to me now. But I’m sure it’s a different perspective when it rains all the time. Having said that, I love all the old architecture in Europe. It’s so breathtaking. I’ve never been to Ghent but would love it based on your pics.

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