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Guided tours

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

Ready for a dive into Ghent’s past? You will be amazed by the fascinating history, art and culture. Combine the tour with a visit to the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb.

Visit the belvedere of the Book Tower and soak up the atmosphere of this fascinating university quarter during the walk that follows. Nowhere else in Ghent is the dialogue between science, knowledge, religion and art more intense than at the highest point of the city, Monte Blandinium

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

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.

Our guide will explore, together with you and your family, the medieval city centre. The best way to discover Ghent.

Our guide takes you on an adventure through the heart of the city. The ideal way to experience the city through children’s eyes.

A guide takes you along the most beautiful spots in the historic centre. Furthermore, you will participate in an exclusive visit inside the town hall.

A guide takes you along the most beautiful spots in the historic centre. During this tour you will also savour some local delicacies.

Discover with our guide the treasures of the historic centre. You’ll be amazed by the fascinating history, art and culture.

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

Join us for a walk through “Patershol” and "Prinsenhof", two beautiful districts where the medieval soul of Ghent is still alive.

Schizophrenic and flamboyant, that is how the 600-year-old town hall of Ghent is described. A description it owes to the contrasting architecture of its façades. Inside the town hall our guide will tell you all you need to know about these buildings.

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?

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.

The Castle of the Counts was once the pride of the Counts of Flanders. Do come in and plunge into the past!

The Castle of Counts in Ghent was once the pride of the Count of Flanders. Take a leap into the past ... both in the castle itself and in its surroundings.

How did a medieval count show his powerr? By means of a fortress of course! The Ghent Counts’ Castle was once the pride of the Counts of Flanders. Our guide will bring the past to life for the little ones!

Opening in March 2017 De Krook has been shortlisted ever so often as one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. The library at the Ghent South is a real gem of design….and so much more!

Filliers is a lot more than just the classic grain genever. The range includes also gin, whisky and vodka. Because they all belong to the same family. Get an insider’s look in the largest grain distillery in Flanders.

Welcome to North Sea Port, the 60-kilometre-long cross-border port area that stretches from Ghent tot Vlissingen on the North Sea coast in the Netherlands. 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.

Also crazy about Ghent? In the STAM museum the story of the origin and the evolution of the city is brought to life in the unique setting of the Bijloke abbey.

Also crazy about Ghent? In the STAM museum the story of the origin and the evolution of the city is brought to life in the unique setting of the Bijloke abbey.

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?

The St Nicholas Church on the Corn Market has a tragic but incredibly rich history. Follow our guide and learn the story of its construction and of the restoration that lasted decades.

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.

What used to be a medieval monastery and hospital has become a popular international cultural and museum complex only a stone’s throw away from the center of Ghent. Welcome to the site of De Bijloke!

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.

Enjoying local beers or even something stronger ‘between pot and pint’, that is what this guided tour boils down to. Our guide will be happy to share a few spicy bar stories with you. An ideal experience to impress your friends!

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.