Embark on a journey through the heart of Ghent, where you become the protagonist in a story that stretches back through centuries. This walking tour invites you to step into a world where majestic landmarks weave the narrative of a city brimming with cultural pride and historical splendor. From the towering Belfry that symbolizes Ghent’s independence to the poignant Jan Frans Willems monument celebrating Flemish resilience, each site offers a free, intimate glimpse into the past. Marvel at the Gothic grandeur of Saint Bavo’s Cathedral, pay homage at the Van Eyck brothers’ tribute, and confront the formidable Geeraard de Duivelsteen. Limited to just a few brief stops, this tour is designed for the discerning traveler eager to experience the essence of Ghent. Join us and make your mark in the story of Ghent.

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Highlights

  • Explore Ghent's Rich History.
  • Celebrate Flemish Art and Culture.
  • Discover Iconic Landmarks and Legends.

Included

  • Professional local tour guide

Route & Duration

Duration
Duration
2 hours
  • 1

    Het Belfort van Gent

    Ghent's Belfry represents the city's wealth and independence. The Cloth Hall, which was constructed opposite the Belfry, was finished in 1907. The Cloth Hall's exquisite Brabant Gothic design honours the industries to which Ghent owes so much. An antique guard house may be seen on the corner of the Cloth Hall. Every Sunday morning from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m., the city carillonneur is at work. Every Saturday evening in July and August, except for the Gentse Feesten, you may enjoy a live carillon concert with many guest artists and music from throughout the world.

  • 2

    Monument Jan Frans Willems

    Jan-Frans Willems, considered the creator of the Flemish Movement, is honoured by this sculpture. As the son of a poor bourgeois family in the 18th century, he witnessed his father being abused by French-speaking Belgians who took away some of his employment because he didn't speak French. This is what will drive him to assert Flemish culture while being completely devoted to Dutch culture. The sculptures force themselves on this memorial by striking patriotic stances and yelling proudly.

  • 3

    Saint Bavo's Cathedral

    Saint Bavo's Cathedral (Dutch: Sint Baafskathedraal) is a Catholic cathedral in Ghent, Belgium. The 89-meter-tall Gothic structure, dedicated after Saint Bavo of Ghent, serves as the seat of the Diocese of Ghent. It houses the renowned Ghent Altarpiece.

  • 4

    The Van Eyck brothers statue

    This magnificent monument was built as an ode to the artists for the 1913 World Expo in Ghent. Flowers, wreaths, and garlands are sent by men, women, and children. Hubert, the eldest of the two brothers, reads the bible as his palette and brushes lay at his feet. Meanwhile, his brother Jan stands straight ahead, clutching his palette.

  • 5

    Geeraard de Duivelsteen

    The Geeraard de Duivelsteen ("Devil Castle") is a 13th-century Gothic-style castle in Ghent, Belgium. It was used to defend the city's harbour, Portus Ganda. The structure was named after the knight Geeraard Vilain (1210-1270), the second son of the fifteenth Viscount of Ghent, Zeger III of Ghent. Vilain was known as "Geeraard de Duivel" ("Geerard the Devil") due to his dark skin and hair colour. (Outside Visit)

Meeting Point

The main entrance to the castle (Sint-Veerleplein 11, 9000 Ghent, Belgium) See Map

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.