Peace & Quiet
* Other peaceful places in the centre
Going for a walk in the Citadelpark in the south of the city is a Ghent tradition and is part of a visit to Ghent. You don't have to walk; you can just sit on a bench and watch the world go by. Like every park, this one has its well-loved and familiar characters, from the old ladies who feed the ducks to people walking their dogs. Waterfalls, rockeries, hilly areas, carpets of flowers and statues create the atmosphere of an English garden. For example, there is the well-known sculpture The Prisoners by Jules Lagae. But the words peace and quiet certainly apply here because this is the home of the Museum voor Schone Kunsten (Museum of Fine Art) and Stedelijk Museum voor Aktuele Kunst (Museum of Contemporary Art). The Kuipke, a large hall, part of which was once destined for the Belgian Congo, stands in the middle of the park. It is now used for rock concerts and the six-day cycling championships also take place there. The calls for an underground car park to be built here are getting ever louder.