ICUMT 2023


Venue and Travel

The ICUMT 2023 is hosted this time by the Hotel NH Gent Belfort, Ghent, Belgium. Address: Hoogpoort 63, 9000 Ghent, Belgium.

The accommodation in the conference hotel NH Gent Belfort can be booked with the special ICUMT 2023 price directly at the hotel website.

About Ghent

Ghent is a city and a municipality in the Flemish Region of Belgium. It is the capital and largest city of the East Flanders province, and the third largest in the country, exceeded in size only by Brussels and Antwerp. It is a port and university city. The city originally started as a settlement at the confluence of the Rivers Scheldt and Leie and in the Late Middle Ages became one of the largest and richest cities of northern Europe, with some 50,000 people in 1300.
Much of the city's medieval architecture remains intact and is remarkably well preserved and restored. Its centre is a carfree area. Highlights are the Saint Bavo Cathedral, the belfry, the Gravensteen castle, and the splendid architecture along the old Graslei harbour. Ghent has established a blend between comfort of living and history; it is not a city-museum. The city of Ghent also houses three béguinages and numerous churches including Saint-Jacob's church, Saint-Nicolas' church, Saint Michael's church and St. Stefanus.
This city is famous for its large marketplaces and public squares. A large student population and numerous festivals make it a vibrant city. Moreover, the festivities attract over 1.3 million visitors annually.
The city has been nicknamed “Medieval Manhattan” because three monuments are UNESCO World Heritage sites. The “creative city of music” is another UNESCO recognition bestowed on the city because it hosts numerous musical activities.

Important Facts

People in Ghent speak “Flemish,” which is similar to Dutch but pronounced slightly differently. It is a low Franconian dialect of the Dutch language and is often referred to as Belgian or Flemish Dutch. The two main languages are Dutch and French. Most signs on public transport and streets are in the two languages. English and German are also widely spoken. The residents are amiable and will switch to another language if they notice you don’t speak Dutch.
The average temperature in Ghent in October for a typical day ranges from a high of 16°C to a low of 8°C. Some would describe it as moderately chilly and breezy.
Euro is the official currency of Ghent, Belgium. Plenty of ATMs are available in the port city. Most restaurants and stores accept credit cards, with VISA being the most popular. Moreover, self-service banks allow you to withdraw money using your credit card.

Get in

By Plane

Brussel airport (IATA: BRU) is about 65 km from Ghent.
From Brussels Airport for Gent St Pieters Station: A shuttle departs every 30 minutes and is €15,50 per person per trip.
Taxi: It's a 55 minutes trip and will cost around €90.

By Train

From Gent St Pieters Station: take the Tram 1/21/22 to Korenmarkt. Bus daytickets.

By Car

The hotel's GPS Coordinates: 51.054749°N 3.725495°E
Please note: The inner city of Ghent is a low emission zone, helping to contribute to the conservation of the environment and increasing the quality of city life. Regulation is now in place restricting certain vehicles in this area. Access to the city requires prior registration and/or the payment of a fee. Please click here for more information.
The hotel is also located in an area restricted to traffic and needs to be accessed via the Ring Road as the city center does not admit through traffic. For more information click here.
Parking: Onsite, Paid Service (€25 per night). The hotel is located in a restricted area but the parking garage is accessible for guests as it's located outside of this area, before Hoogpoort. Access to Hoogpoort is not permitted without a valid permit. Should you access this street without a permit an automatic fine of € 58 will be issued which cannot be annulled. Parking cannot be reserved in advance. There's also and Offsite option, located 0.4 km from the hotel and is also with charge, around €23.50 for 24 hours. Click here to get directions.

Get Around

The car-free city centre is tailor-made for the pedestrian and the cyclist. With bus and tram you can reach any part of the city quickly and easily and taxis are also readily available.
Ghent’s public transport is well organised, with a wide network of trams and buses. The buses and trams in Ghent will take you to where you want to go from early in the morning until late in the evening. You will find a ‘Lijnwinkel’, or ticket shop, at Gent-Sint-Pieters railway station and Korenmarkt where you can buy tickets. Always buy your ticket in advance from the Lijnwinkel or a machine at the tram or bus stop.
Tram lines 1, 2 and 4 take you from one end of Ghent to the other, passing right through the city centre.
Contactless payment on the De Lijn buses and trams is possible with your debit card, smartphone or smartwatch. You just have to hold your card or device in front of the white terminal. One ride costs € 2.5. Within the hour, you can take any bus or tram you like free of charge. Please note: Only 1 means of payment (debit card, smartphone or smartwatch) per person.

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