Evening Tour of the Dark Side of Gent

30 Ratings
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  • 105 min

Join our evening tour of Ghent and discover the fascinating history, myths and legends of our city with an experienced and passionate local guide. We take you off the beaten track to show you some highlights and hidden gems of our gorgeous city. After 1.5h we will finish the tour in the medieval quarter of Gent, very close to the city center, with a deeper understanding of Gent and perhaps some new friends! IMPORTANT NOTE: Our guides are volunteers who offer tours for tips. The charged fee only covers the cost of booking via this platform.

Itinerary Details

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Stop At: St Michael's Bridge

We start here with an introduction to the history of Ghent and the role the city played as a trading hub in medieval times. We also introduce you to the 3 towers of the Ghent skyline, which are best visible from this spot.

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: St. Bavo's Cathedral (Sint-Baafskathedraal)

We’ll tell you the gruesome story of why the beautiful cathedral is also known as the ‘Devil’s Tower’.

Stop At: Graslei and Korenlei

We take you to the heart of the bustling medieval harbour of Ghent, back when the city was an economic powerhouse in Europe, to tell you about the lucrative trading activities.

Duration: 10 minutes

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On this bridge overlooking the giant Butchers’ Hall, we tell you the legend about the execution of a father and son and the miraculous event that saved them.

Duration: 10 minutes

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Built by Count Baldwin in the 9th century to protect the inhabitants from the Viking raids, it was around this impressive fortification that the city started to develop. Our guide will share its fascinating history with you.

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Prinsenhof

Next, we take you to what once was a gigantic palace called the Prince’s Court. Today we need some imagination to envision it, but our guide will bring its history to life!

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Here, we will show you the only remaining tower of the 14 km long defence wall that was built around Ghent in the Middle Ages.

Duration: 10 minutes

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We take you to the Bridge of Imperial Delights, which is flanked by 4 sculptures which depict legendary scenes of the life of Charles V. Our guide will explain you some of them.

Duration: 10 minutes

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On this stop, we’ll tell you about the troublesome history of the Religious Wars and the effect the Calvinist rule has had on the history of the city.

Stop At: Patershol

To finish the tour, we take you to the picturesque medieval quarter of the Patershol or ‘Monk’s hole’ to tell you about the social impact of the Industrial Revolution and the role it played in the revival of the city’s economy!

Duration: 10 minutes
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