Peace & Quiet
Is Ghent Safe?
It is impossible to imagine the streets of Ghent without the police. The city centre is a car-free zone so the police in that area use bicycles. The strong police presence is a preventative and should not be seen as an indication of the level of crime.
Some historic towns have become open-air museums - but not Ghent. Here periods of history merge seamlessly. The residents of Ghent do not simply live in the past but are open to modern ideas.
Ghent locals are fond of talking, arguing and discussing. The topic doesn't matter: art, politics or the awful weather, the visitor to Ghent just cannot avoid a good discussion. The locals are steeped in a centuries-old tradition of stubbornness. Whether the subject is something everyday or the deeper meaning of life - words rule.
Ghent is a hospitable city and there are plenty of places where you can daydream in peace about other countries. You can drink tea in Turkishtown, feast on Spanish tapas and dance the tango in a Latin American bar. Once you have finished eating you can carry on into the small hours before the barman finally shuts the door.
If you are spending time in Ghent during the winter, be sure to wear a thick overcoat. Wrap up warm against the chilly afternoon and wander through the streets of the town. You may experience a feeling of melancholy and wistfulness and surrendering to it might just result in a fondness for the place.