A 2 hour walking and sightseeing tour of Ghent with private guide showing you the the must-sees of this beautiful and picturesque city.
What to Expect
Welcome by your private guide in Ghent (your hotel - if centrally located - or any other central place to be agreed on by mutual consent). During your 2 hour guided tour in the historic center of Ghent you'll see the city's main attractions.
Itinerary example (depending on the place of departure):
Place of departure: Korenlei
You will start the tour with a walk along the picturesque Graslei and Korenlei. The gables of their guild houses turn them undoubtedly into two of Ghent’s most beautiful historical streets. From one of the flanking bridges, you can see the postcard panorama of the three towers: the belfry and the steeples of the St. Nicolas church and the St Bavo’s cathedral. A stroll over the Korenmarkt , a stop at the St Nicolas church, the impressive belfry and its cloth hall (both on the World Heritage list) brings you to the cathedral. There, the famous altarpiece "The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb" (1432) by the van Eyck brothers, a milestone in art history, is not to be missed (entrance fee not included).
On your way to the Vrijdagsmarkt you'll stop by the city hall with its mixture of styles from flamboyant Gothic to sober Renaissance. In the middle of the Vrijdagsmarkt, the statue of Jacob Van Artevelde sees to it that Ghent thrives again like it did in the 14th century when Jacob ended the English boycott on wool imports. A little further you'll encounter Dulle Griet (“Evil woman”), a 15th century cast iron cannon, weighing more than twelve tons. Once you have crossed the Lys, you'll enter the inner courtyard of the House of Alijn. This former almshouse is now the Museum of Folklore. The exquisite complex is part of the Paterhol. The only neighborhood in Ghent where the original medieval street plan is still intact. Through winding alleys and cobbled streets with numerous restaurants, you reach the Castle of the Counts. This imposing fortress used to be the residence of the count of Flanders. Later on it was used as a courthouse, a jail and even a textile factory.
At the end, you'll return to the Korenlei passing the St-Veerle square and the Old Fish Market.
What's Not Included
- Entrance fees, transport and meals