After Slovenia, our next stop in our series presenting the numerous youth hostels of Hostelling International, a charity that manages a federation of nonprofit youth hostel associations, is Ghent, a place often tipped as Belgium’s best kept secret.
Why you should go
The city of Ghent boasts a handful of museums, even more ancient churches, and countless bridges spanning the two rivers that wind themselves through the city. Yet, Ghent is also trendy, with its many shopping streets, welcoming restaurants, typical pubs and vibrant night life.
For hostel manager Sara Geysels it was love at first sight: “Ghent is a wonderful city! When I arrived here for the first time, I felt right at home. People from all over the world find their way to our hostel, so there’s a fun melting pot of cultures, groups and individual travellers.” If you want to go sightseeing, ask the local tour guide Ben for a free tour to discover Ghent.
The ‘highlights of Ghent tour’ is the perfect tour to get to know the city in two hours and see the three towers, the medieval harbour and the Castle of the Counts. Another interesting tour is the ‘graffiti & street art tour’, which leads off the beaten track and through the heart of the young, contemporary and creative Ghent. If you’re a night owl and rather visit the city by night, why not take the gorgeous ‘Ghent by night tour’ and discover the illuminated historic centre with its night stories.
The hostel in a nutshell
De Draecke Hostel is known for its unique location in the medieval heart of funky Ghent. The Castle of the Counts is just around the corner and also other hotspots are within walking distance. Central but still in a really quiet area of Ghent, the hostel is close to the canal.
After more than 20 years, De Draecke Hostel got a complete make over in 2015. The result is a modern and green hostel, with all necessary comfort. In 2018 the hostel has been awarded the Green Key eco-label, for their focus on sustainability and green efforts. De Draeke Hostel is open during the whole year. It’s a modern hostel for groups, families and solo travellers who are looking for a comfortable and quiet place to stay in the centre of the city. The guests can stay in one of the 30 rooms with an en-suite bathroom or take a break in the lounge or at the bar. Furthermore, the youth hostel holds meeting rooms, luggage storage, lockers, bike parking, a kid’s corner, a restaurant for groups (upon request) and free Wi-Fi at thei guests’ disposal.
More information about De Draecke Hostel in Ghent and registration : www.jeugdherbergen.be
Further articles of this series
De Draecke Hostel is known for its unique location in the medieval heart of funky Ghent.
De Draecke Hostel got a complete make over in 2015.
Entrance of the hostel – with a mural of Bué the Warrior.
The Draecke Hostel is a modern and green hostel, with all necessary comfort like for example a lounge.
The guests can stay in one of the 30 rooms with an en-suite bathroom.
Just around the corner: the Castle of the Counts. (Copyright: Tom D'Haenens)
The medieval port of Ghent: Graslei & Korenlei . (Copyright: milo-prof)
An interesting tour is the ‘graffiti & street art tour’, which leads off the beaten track and through the heart of the young, contemporary and creative Ghent.
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