Old Fish Market, Ghent

Old Fish Market, Ghent: Our most recommended tours and activities

Ghent: 50-Minute Medieval Center Guided Boat Trip

1. Ghent: 50-Minute Medieval Center Guided Boat Trip

Take a boat close to the amazing Castle of the Counts to discover the most beautiful places in Ghent. A guide will take you through the fascinating history of medieval Ghent and its historical buildings and architecture on this 50-minute tour. Enjoy the famous three towers of Ghent, various medieval churches and monasteries, the birthplace of Charles V of Spain, majestic guild halls, a breathtaking castle, and much more! Hear the stories behind these magnificent monuments. Your tour is guided in English, Dutch, and French. There are also illustrated translations in German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, and Japanese available on board.

From Brussels: Bruges and Ghent in a Day Guided Tour

2. From Brussels: Bruges and Ghent in a Day Guided Tour

Meet your guide in the center of Brussels and relax on the 100-kilometer journey to Bruges by bus. Upon arrival, discover the charms of “the Venice of the North” and see why the entire historic center was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Marvel at highlights such as the Lake of Love (Minnewater Lake) and the 13th-century Begijnhof complex, founded in 1245 to house lay religious women. Go to Walplein Square, where the shady trees and cafes provide a perfect place to relax. Visit Stoofstraat on the site of the city's former Red Light District, and see medieval monuments such as the 11th-century Old St. John’s Hospital. Look at the world's second tallest brickwork tower at the Church of Our Lady, and see other historic monuments such as Gruuthuse Palace or the Dijver Canal. Go to one of the city's most photographed spots at Rozenhoedkaai, and admire the Belfry on Castle Square. Visit Market Square (Grote Markt) to see the Bell Tower (Belfort). Then enjoy 1-hour's free time for lunch (at your own expense) and the chance to sample some of the city's delicious chocolates.  Next, drive to Ghent, where the inhabitants have been popularly known as "noose-bearers“ since the days of Charles V. Take a guided tour of the city's historic buildings, such as the Castle of Gerald the Devil and Saint Bavo Cathedral, where you can learn about the painting of “The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb” by the Van Eyck brothers. Admire the Belfort (Bell Tower) and peculiar Gothic and Renaissance-style Town Hall. See one of the city's oldest monuments at St. Nicholas’ Church opposite the unusual facade of the Masons’ Guild House. Journey along the embankments of the medieval port of Graslei, and discover other highlights such as the majestic Castle of the Counts of Flanders, the Great Butchers’ Hall, the Old Fish Market, and Friday Market Square. Enjoy some free time in this magical city before returning back to Brussels. Our adventure is over! Don't wait and enjoy this day with us!

Ghent: 40-Minute Historical Boat Tour of City Center

3. Ghent: 40-Minute Historical Boat Tour of City Center

Departing from the picturesque jetty, embark on a relaxing 40-minute cruise of Ghent city center. Learn about the history of this beautiful city from a local, knowledgeable guide. Discover Medieval Ghent and its prestigious and glorious past. See the beautiful house fronts of the Graslei and the old meat-market. Be in awe at the rugged and steep walls of the Castle of Counts. Imagine the lives of the powerful people that once stalked its corridors. Soak in the history from your riverside view point.

Ghent: Guided Walking Tour

4. Ghent: Guided Walking Tour

Discover the beauty of Ghent and its medieval monuments on a walking tour with a Spanish-speaking guide, and learn more about its historical former residents, including the famous Van Eyck brothers.  Learn why the local inhabitants have been known as "noose-bearers“ since the time of Charles V, a Ghent native who went on to become the Holy Roman Emperor and King of Spain. Visit the 13th-century Castle of Gerald the Devil and see the Gothic facade of Saint Bavo's Cathedral, where you can learn about the well-known painting “The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb” by the Van Eyck brothers. Look at the Belfort bell tower and the peculiar Gothic and Renaissance Town Hall. Marvel at St. Nicholas’ Church and the nearby Masons’ Guild House. Go to the Graslei embankment, and see the majestic battlements of the Castle of the Counts. Stroll the Patershol neighborhood, and see the open wooden truss roof of the Great Butchers’ Hall. Experience the lively atmosphere of the Old Fish Market and Friday Market Square.  Ask your guide any questions you may have along the way. Get recommendations on places to eat lunch outside the touristic area, advice about Belgian beer and what monuments and museums you might like to see on your own.

Ghent: Guided Walking Tour and Canal Boat Trip

5. Ghent: Guided Walking Tour and Canal Boat Trip

A local Ghent expert guide will make sure you finish your tour with the feeling that the city no longer holds any secrets for you. On our tour we will visit the Church of St. Nicholas and the Cathedral of St. Bavo, which, in addition to its architectural value, stands out for housing one of the most outstanding paintings in history: 'The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb', by the Van Eyck Brothers. Interpreting it will be a piece of cake with the explanations we will give you about its symbols. Nearby, you will see the Town Hall and the Belfort of Ghent, a bell tower that acts as a lookout point and is one of its tallest towers. But if the heart of the city surprises you, you've only just begun. Next, we'll delve into 16th-century Ghent by visiting the Herb and Grain Quay, a key trading post in the city at the time. Here we will also learn about the old guild trades. From here we will also discover the Meat and Fish Markets, the supermarket of the time, where we will find out why they played such an important role in the development of the city. We will continue our tour through the Patershol (or weavers' quarter) to the Castle of the Counts of Flanders. Its history is full of legends and curiosities and we will tell you all about them. In addition, so that you can visit other places of interest in Ghent on your own, we will give you recommendations and tips that will make your stay in the city unforgettable. In the second part of our tour we will take a boat trip along the main canals of Ghent. Sailing along the river Leie and the Lieve canal, we will have a wide view of the two banks and their lively life. In the meantime, we will have an audio guide with illustrated translations that will make our trip much more enjoyable and interesting.

From Brussels: Ghent Guided Day Tour

6. From Brussels: Ghent Guided Day Tour

Meet your English-speaking guide at 8:30 AM in the center of Brussels and relax on the 60-kilometer journey to Ghent. Explore Ghent and learn the history at sights such as the 13th century Castle of Gerald the Devil, and St. Bavo's Cathedral, where you can learn about "The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb" by the Van Eyck brothers.  Hear why Ghent's inhabitants are known as noose-bearers as you visit the Belfry of Ghent and the Town Hall. Go to St. Nicholas’ Church and the Masons’ Guild Hall and see the quay side buildings of the Graslei. Visit medieval Gravensteen castle and enter the pretty Patershol neighborhood. Explore Ghent's trading history at the Great Butchers’ Hall, Old Fish Market and Friday Market. Get 4 hours of free time for lunch and to stroll on your own.

From Brussels: Full-Day Guided Tour of Ghent in Spanish

7. From Brussels: Full-Day Guided Tour of Ghent in Spanish

Explore Ghent with a Spanish-speaking guide and learn the history at sights such as the 13th-century Castle of Gerald the Devil and St. Bavo's Cathedral, where you can see “The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb” by the Van Eyck brothers.  Hear why Ghent's inhabitants are known as "noose-bearers“ as you visit the Belfry of Ghent and the Town Hall. Go to St. Nicholas’ Church and the Masons’ Guild Hall and see the quay side buildings of the Graslei. Visit medieval Gravensteen castle and enter the pretty Patershol neighborhood. Explore Ghent's trading history at the Great Butchers’ Hall, Old Fish Market and Friday Market. Get 4 hours of free time for lunch and to stroll on your own.

Ghent: Private 2-Hour Walking Tour

8. Ghent: Private 2-Hour Walking Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel or other location on agreement. Then, walk along the pretty Graslei and Korenlei to admire the gables of the guild houses. Get panoramic views of St. Nicolas' Church and medieval St. Bavo's Abbey, where you can see the "Adoration of the Mystic Lamb" by the Van Eyck brothers (own expense). Continue towards the Vrijdagsmarkt and admire the façade of the Town Hall. Encounter the 15th-century cannon of the Dulle Griet (“Evil Woman”), and then cross the Lys to enter the inner courtyard of the House of Alijn. Continue to Gravensteen Castle to take a look at the "Castle of the Counts" and end with a visit to the Old Fish Market.  

Hidden Ghent: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

9. Hidden Ghent: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

Ghent has been described as both “a curiosity shop” and “a city of 26 slumbering islands filled with fantasies”. On this walking tour through some of its oldest neighbourhoods, you‘ll get to know one of Europe‘s most captivating cities and see the forgotten monuments that most tourists never find. Starting outside the former post office-turned-shopping centre, De Post, you‘ll wander through the city‘s historical heart, along cobbled streets and down hidden alleys. You‘ll stroll along the picturesque Korenlei waterfront, where medieval merchants used to trade, and walk around the massive stone walls of ancient Gravensteen Castle near the old fish market, Oude Vismijn. Along the way, you‘ll come across some of the city‘s unique shops including Dune Records, the quirky antique shop, the Fallen Angels, and Priem, where you’ll find vintage wallpaper. I‘ll introduce you to some of the characters who‘ve walked the city‘s streets, from Emperor Charles V to folk singer Walter De Buck. And I‘ll show you a few authentic bars where you can go for a unique Belgian beer after taking in the Gouden Zuil (Golden Column) sculpture by Ayse Erkmen at the end of the walk. Among the highlights of this 90-minute tour, you‘ll find out about: • The forgotten relics of a World Fair • Dulle Griet, the fearsome cannon that turned out to be a flop • Prinsenhof, the now vanished palace where an emperor was born • Chocolaterie Luc Van Hoorebeke, started by a passionate local chocolate maker of the same name • Dulle Griet Cafe, the bar where you hand over a shoe before you get a beer • Rozanetuin, the hidden garden named after a local actress who is also Ghent folk singer Wim De Craene’s ex-lover You‘ll also have an opportunity to: • Hear about the secret of the mysterious gold coins embedded in the city‘s paving • Cross over numerous bridges with gorgeous city vistas, including Saint Michael‘s Bridge, Lievebrug, Sint Antoniusbrug, and Zuivelbrug • Take in Patershol, one of the city‘s oldest neighbourhoods which was first settled by leather workers in the 10th century • Find out how the Bridge of the Emperor‘s Pleasures (De Keizer Karelbrug of Brug der Keizerlijke Geneugten) got its unusual name • Visit Hof van Rijhove, a 14th-century fortified house with a secret medieval-style garden • Pass by a few of the city‘s churches including St Stefanus, Saint Michael‘s Church, Sint Jorishof, Saint Bavo‘s Cathedral, and the former Augustine Monastery, now the Royal Academy for Fine Arts • Feel the atmosphere of 14th-century Ghent as you walk down Biezekapelstraat • Enjoy a refreshing beer or a tasty treat at the Alchemist bar, Café den Turk, Cafe ‘t Kanon, or Mokabon, Ghent‘s oldest coffee bar If this sounds like your sort of place, let me be your guide. You‘ll finish this walk with a better understanding of this ancient city‘s fascinating history and a greater appreciation for its quirky treasures.

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Pablo as a guide deserves an award! He is so knowledgeable, so passionate, so much fun! He explains history in an exciting and intriguing way and although he probably is saying everything for the 1000th time in his career, it seems like it's the first time with all the excitement he shows for the history of Belgium! Great value for money and well planned, 100% recommend!

The trip started in Brussels we went to Brugge and Ghent . The whole trip was great because of the professional guide called Pablo he is so well informed and intelligent that made this trip unforgettable.

Unfortunately, as Italians we didn't understand anything about the explanations in Spanish. A real shame that there isn't a tour in Italian at an affordable price

A great excursion to a beautiful city. Lots of amazing architecture. Beautiful churches. I would recommend the short river cruise. It was fun and informative.

Super nice guide, Ghent and Bruges two beautiful cities I highly recommend this experience