Before visiting Ghent, it is highly recommended that you know everything that the city has to offer. It is a lot, and if you have limited time, better know what suits you best. Luckily it has it's own tourism-focused website available in 5 languages: www.visitgent.be.

Some of the guides that you may want to take a look at are:

- Berlitz Pocket guide: Bruges and Ghent. It is a compact guide with lots of maps and photographs that will immediately give you an idea of your surroundings. It will provide you with suggestions of activities for shorts and long trips.

- Brussels, Bruges, Antwerp and Ghent by Antony Mason.

- Top 10 Brussels & Antwerp Bruges, Ghent (Eyewitness Travel Guides) by DK Publishing, yes, the top ten of everything from museums to hotels.

- Frommer’s Brussels and Bruges with Ghent and Antwerp by George McDonald. McDonald does a pretty job to highlight Ghent’s main attractions (what you shouldn’t miss to know the real Ghent), great itineraries to know the historical sites and the unique landscapes. Additionally, the guide will give you some historical and art insights into the city and suggest sources to explore your topic of interest.