Get to know the enchanting and symbolic side of Ghent's old town with this Ghent Free Evening Tour. Discover mysteries and legends around the beautiful hometown of Charles V.
Ghent Free Evening Tour
Ghent is a spectacular city where echoes of the past still remain. Its medieval layout can be seen perfectly from the Sint-Michielsplein bridge, where we'll meet at 6 pm. After a brief introduction about the origin of the city, we'll head towards the Graslei pier to learn about its history.
Following the banks along the canals of the River Lys, we'll arrive at the Appelbrugparkje park to learn how those condemned to death spent their last hours. Nearby we'll see the Hoofdbrug, also called the "Bridge of the beheadings". From here, we'll enjoy excellent views of the Gravensteen, the castle of the counts of Ghent.
The tour will continue to the old Royal Palace ruins, where Charles V was born. The king, and emperor, wasn't very kind to the neighbours who rebelled against him, known as "the Ghent hanged men". The most powerful man in Europe in the 16th century will be the protagonist of several legends and curiosities that we will reveal to you during the tour.
The next stop will be in front of the Augustijnenklooster, an old monastery where we'll explain how the religious repression in Ghent was. The King of Spain, Philip II, and his most prestigious soldier, the Duke of Alba, nipped in the bud any attempt at Protestantism in the provinces of the Netherlands.
Finally, at 7.30 pm the tour will end at the Patershol, one of the most beautiful medieval quarters in Ghent. But also one of the areas with more enigmas to solve...
Reservations are limited to a maximum of 6. If you would like to get to know this beautiful Flemish city with an exclusive guide just for you and your partner, family or friends, you can book the private tour of Ghent with an English speaking guide.
Free tours do not have a fixed price, rather each person offers the guide the amount they consider appropriate, depending on their level of satisfaction.
Please check local restrictions before traveling. All of our services comply with recommendations to avoid the spread of Covid-19.
1 hour 30 minutes.
The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.
speaking guide specializing in the history of Ghent.
When to book?
You can book up to the start time, as long as there are places remaining. Book now to guarantee your spot.
Type of voucher
Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.
All services published on Civitatis are carried out in accordance with our Sustainability Code. Specifically, this activity applies the following practices: Show more
Printed material is avoided.
No single-use plastics are used.
The activity helps the dissemination of local cultural heritage.
No printing of documentation required.
Promotes local employment.
Has a gender equality policy.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
Q - Is a minimum number of participants required?
A - This activity requires a minimum of 5 participants. Should this number not be reached, we'll get in touch with you to offer alternatives.
If you have any other questions please contact us.
If you are not able to attend the tour, please cancel your reservation, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Sint-Michielsplein Bridge, 21 (next to Hostel Uppelink).