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Guided tours

The Guides of Ghent offer a wide range of guided tours. Select your tour and book your guide.

Enter the Saint-Nicolas church, watch a magical light spectacle projected on all walls and vaults and discover afterwards the traces of Van Eyck in Ghent with a guide.

Discover our guided tours durning the Ghent Flower Show

What did Ghent look like in the 15th century during the reign of Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy? Who was alderman Joos Vijd and why did he commission such an expensive altarpiece from the brothers Van Eyck? Where did he get the money from?

You will discover the true story of one of the world’s most coveted works of art

Are you ready for a dive into Ghent’s past? An experienced guide takes you along the treasures of the historic centre. You’ll be amazed by the fascinating history, art and culture.

Walk along the nicest locations in the historic heart of the city. The Ghent guide will cheer up the atmospere with his humour and enthusiasm.

Join us for a walk through the “Patershol” (“Cavern of the Fathers”) and Prince’s Court, two beautiful districts where the medieval soul of Ghent is still alive.

Ghent, February 24, 1500. A proud town celebrates the birth of her most famous resident: the Emperor Charles V, one of the most powerful monarchs ever in European history. Forty years later love has come to an end. Find out about the love-hate relationship between the Ghent people and their emperor.

For some it is art, for others it is rubbish. What is the policy of the city with regard to graffiti? Learn everything about ‘tags’ and ‘pieces’ and leave your own signature.

Welcome in Belgium’s third largest sea port! The port of Ghent is the industrial heart of the town. On this tour you will learn all about the North Sea Port, the ‘access gate to Europe’.

The world’s oldest profession is very well known in Ghent. Our guide will take you to the famous and less known red-light quarters in this town.

Food and sexual pleasure have always been a happy match, also in Ghent: love goes through the stomach! Our guide will take gourmet travellers on a titillating walk in town.

Just outside the centre, behind Saint-Peter Station, you wil find a number of impressive country houses from the interbellum. Discover the Millionaires’ Quarter, once the location of the famous World Exhibition of 1913

Beer, the number one beverage, makes a comeback in the city. Or has the barley beer never completely disappeared? Why not discover with us the past and future of beer and breweries in Ghent?

What does the last resting place of singer Luc De Vos look like? Which other famous people lie buried in Campo Santo? Which tomb was first? Who was buried in it? You can learn all about this on our fascinating guided tour of Campo Santo.

The Ghent folk have enjoyed the beautiful landscape Citadel Park for more than a century. It was laid out on the site of the old citadel. Take a walk with our guide in more than fifteen hectares of lush green landscape.

Of all the channels in Ghent, the Coupure is one of the most sought after residential environments in the city. But that wasn't always the case ... Join us on a tour along the attractive watercourse with its many faces.

A mere few minutes away from St Bavo Cathedral lies a unique spot of Ghent’s rich past in an oasis of natural tranquillity: the ruined abbey of St Bavo.

Jump on your bike and follow our guide on a bike tour showing you many well-known and secret green spots in Ghent and around.

Do you love water? Then Ghent is the place to be… Get on your bike and cycle with us along the most beautiful rivers, canals and other waterways.

The Leie river curves back and forth between Ghent and Deinze. The meadows, polders and picturesque villages in this very scenic valley make up a magnificent nature reserve. Are you ready to enjoy it?

On this 12-kilometre bike tour you will meet the most beautiful religious heritage sites of Ghent.

Once night falls over Ghent, you have the impression to be in a completely different city. Allow yourself to be enchanted by fairy-like views and get lost in the romantically illuminated little streets.

Once upon a time-750 years ago in Ghent-the beguinage Our Lady Ter Hoye! This unique site is on the Unesco World Heritage list and is one of the best preserved and attractive beguinages of the thirteenth century.

Just outside the centre of Ghent you will find the “Groot Begijnhof van Sint-Amandsberg”, a special place where time seems to have come to a standstill. Join the guide on a walk through a 19th century ‘town within a town “, an oasis of quiet on sacred soil.

The Old Beguinage Sint-Elisabeth is to be found in the north-western corner of Ghent, in the Rabot neighbourhood. The stone wall around the beguinage has disappeared, but the extraordinary atmosphere remains.

During the First World War Ghent was occupied by the German army. Discover how the city and its inhabitants tried to live on. Smuggling e.g. was a simple but dangerous way to survive.

May 23 1940: Ghent falls into the hands of the German soldiers. A war mayor is appointed. What’s the impact of war on the daily lives of the inhabitants? What exactly was the German oppression? Meet the victims and heroes of the violence of war.

Wondering why the third son of king Edward III is called John of Gaunt? Has this “Gaunt” anything to do with Ghent? Well, yes! His godfather was the famous Ghentian merchant and politician Jacob van Artevelde, who more or less saved the city from ruin around 1340. Discover the city of merchants who were rich enough to be friends with the English king, and with many more.

Plunge into the turbulent sixteenth century, when protestantism raged against the Catholic Church. Our guide will tell you about stake burnings and executions, about the critical Chambers of Rhetoric, but also about the Pacification of Ghent, the treaty signed in the gorgeous Town Hall.

Ghent was the biggest industrial Flemish town in the 19th century, but the living conditions of the labourers were often appalling. They were tightly-housed and underpaid. The onset of the social revolution….

Explore the Zuid-site. This forgotten Ghent neighbourhood on the “Waalse Krook“ is now very much alive thanks to the brandnew library De Krook.

Welcome in the Sleepstraat ! Walk along, soak up the multicultural atmosphere past numerous colourful shops and you will be carried away by the stories of migration of old and new Ghent inhabitants.

The south site in Ghent is on the verge of a vibrant future with the realization of a brandnew city office. But the past of this neighbourhood is well worth exploring as well. Walk through almost 200 years of turbulent history.

Have you always wanted to see the inside of a court room? Our guide fulfills your wish and don’t fear to be locked up!

Unesco entitled Ghent as a ‘Creative City of Music’. Each year Ghent hosts renowned festivals of music of international standard. There are many concert halls, an opera and a library of music. Hear and feel the city sing and play in every corner.

Throughout the centuries women have left their mark on Ghent in different ways and areas.

What did day-to-day life look like in the twentieth century? There is no better place to go back in time than in the Museum House of Alijn, in a uniquely preserved former God’s house.

Ghent Flower Show 2021: 'My paradise, my worldly garden'

Ghent Flower Show 2021: 'My paradise, my worldly garden' A special program for people with reduced mobility or people in a wheelchair

From the abbey of Saint Peter to the abbey of Saint Bavo, discover the green areas of Ghent

A 30 km discovery of green areas and parts around Ghent