Halfway between Bruges and Brussels is Ghent (Gent). Like Bruges, much of Ghent’s medieval architecture remains intact. Like Brussels, it has a lively nightlife and arts scene. Ghent is like having the best of these two great cities in one, which is why I don’t understand why Ghent isn’t as well known as it should be. To compare, there is one hostel in Ghent, and at least six in Bruges.
[The view from Sint Michiels Bridge is one of the greatest views in Europe]