Private Highlights of Gent Historical Tour

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Join our Private Historical Tour: The Highlights of Gent and discover the most emblematic monuments of our gorgeous city in the company of a knowledgeable and passionate guide. We take you on a journey through the legendary past of Ghent and give you lots of tips on where to go and what to do in the city today. History and funny stories, legends and interesting facts, highlights and hidden gems — this tour has got everything to make your experience of Ghent authentic and exciting!

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

Stop At: Graslei and Korenlei

At the Graslei, the beating heart of the historical city centre, we show you which buildings were involved in the trading activities when this area functioned as the city’s port.

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Design Museum Gent

Here we explain why a specific aspect of the Design Museum very much symbolises the stubborn and rebellious mindset of the Gentenaars!

Stop At: Het Groot Vleeshuis

With a view of the medieval covered Great Butchers’ Hall across the water, we tell you some darker facts about this majestic building.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Gravensteen

Unlike most castles, the medieval Castle of the Counts is located right the middle of the city and and is very well preserved. We will tell you all about its impressive past!

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: St. Veerleplein

The square in front of the castle is both known as the square of death as well as the square of life. You’ll find out why!

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: The House of Alijn

The House of Alijn was a hospital and is the only remaining ‘god house’ in Ghent. We will tell you the unfortunate story of how it became a hospital.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Vrijdagmarkt

This illustrious square has played a prominent role in Ghent’s history, as well as the man whose statue is located in the middle. Our guide will share its fascinating history with you!

Duration: 10 minutes

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As a way to keep our monumental buildings from being sprayed by graffiti, the city has designated a specific area for street artists to go wild. We’ll walk you through it!

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Ghent Town Hall (Stadhuis)

To understand why our city hall looks a little bit ‘confused’, our guide will explain the most significant conflict in the history of Ghent.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: St. Bavo's Cathedral (Sint-Baafskathedraal)

Our cathedral has a rich history and houses many art treasures, most notably the world-famous Ghent Altarpiece by the brothers Van Eyck. We’ll share some of this history with you.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Het Belfort van Gent

The Belfry is the people’s tower and reflects the stubbornness, power and independence of the city. As the former prison, its façade also tells the story of a bizarre legend that our guide will share with you.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Saint Nicholas Church

This gem from the early 12th century looks out over Korenmarkt and has St Nicholas, the protector of merchants and sailors, as its patron saint. The façade of this building shows us the legend of its patron saint: the perfect way to end this legendary tour!

Duration: 10 minutes
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