We were pleasantly surprised to find, after climbing to the 1st floor, an elevator leading to the remaining floors, including the top observation deck. It was a tight squeeze on the balcony which encircles the belfry; when you encountered other people, you all needed to go in the same direction to the next corner in order to pass! There were spectacular views of the city, and once we ventured back inside, we enjoyed watching the mechanism that played a tune every 15 minutes (we sat and watched it twice!)
Next, onward to (3) St. Baafskathedraal (below).
We enjoyed a wonderful lunch at a cute Italian restaurant, and then meandered toward the (4) Design Museum, where regular admission is 8 euros. Once again, we whipped out our cards, and were quickly scanned in, and directed to the cloak room to drop off our bags and coats.
Then, off we went through the permanent displays as well as the special exhibit, Lightopia by Vitra (available through March 15, 2015).
That's my reflection in the mirror on the wall (left) of this 18th-century townhouse full of surprises, including these beautiful serving pieces (below). I told my husband that I would like an identical set, please!
So, if you are visiting Gent for at least 2 days, buy a CityCard Gent! I've given you 7 reasons, but there are at least 13 others!