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Ghent and WWI

The harsh occupation of the city during the Great War

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.

More about this tour

During WWI Ghent was the pleasant resting place for German soldiers, but a hell for its inhabitants suffering from hunger and unemployment. Our guide will stop at buildings, murals, commemorative plates that tell the story of the harsh daily life of the Ghentians, of the comforts of the military commandment and the pleasures of the soldiers who tried to forget the western front. You will learn about Flemish Activism and collaboration, and about the University, which was supported by the Germans. And what happened to the famous Triptych of the Mystic Lamb?

Practical information
  • Meeting point at the entrance to the former Post office, on the Korenmarkt or in consultation with the guide
Meeting point Ingang van het voormalige Postgebouw, Korenmarkt (autovrije zone)
Point of arrival
Languages Dutch, French, English, German, Italian, Gents
Price from € 115
Duration 2 h