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Guided tours

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

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.