Free Walking Sightseeing Tour #1 in Ghent, Belgium


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Tour Facts

Number of sights 19 sights
Distance 6.8 km
Ascend 94 m
Descend 93 m

Explore Ghent in Belgium with this free self-guided walking tour. The map shows the route of the tour. Below is a list of attractions, including their details.

Activities in GhentIndividual Sights in Ghent

Sight 1: Aula UGent

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The Aula Academica of Ghent University is a university auditorium built in 1826 on Voldersstraat in the Belgian city of Ghent. The building has played an important role in the history of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands, Belgium and the Flemish Movement.

Wikipedia: Aula Academica (NL), Heritage Website

387 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 2: Wolweverskapel

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The Woolly Weaver's Chapel is a former chapel that was part of a complex with a place of worship that was founded by the guild of wool weavers. It is located in the Belgian city of Ghent on the Kortedagsteeg. The chapel and an outbuilding on the west façade are all that remain of this complex.

Wikipedia: Wolweverskapel (NL)

360 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 3: Geeraard de Duivelsteen

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The Geeraard de Duivelsteen is a 13th century gothic architecture building in Ghent, Belgium. It served as defense of the Portus Ganda, the city's port.

Wikipedia: Geeraard de Duivelsteen (EN), Heritage Website

183 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 4: Bisschoppelijk Paleis

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Bisschoppelijk Paleis

The Episcopal Palace of Ghent is the administrative seat of the diocese of Ghent and the residence of the bishop. The current building is located on the Bisdomplein in the East Flemish capital Ghent. It is protected as a monument.

Wikipedia: Bisschoppelijk Paleis van Gent (NL), Heritage Website

107 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 5: Saint Bavo Cathedral

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Saint Bavo's Cathedral, also known as Sint-Baafs Cathedral, is a cathedral of the Catholic Church in Ghent, Belgium. The 89-meter-tall Gothic building is the seat of the Diocese of Ghent and is named for Saint Bavo of Ghent. It contains the well-known Ghent Altarpiece.

Wikipedia: St Bavo's Cathedral, Ghent (EN), Heritage Website

171 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 6: Koninklijke Nederlandse Schouwburg

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The Royal Dutch Theatre (KNS) is a theatre building in Ghent, Belgium.

Wikipedia: Koninklijke Nederlandse Schouwburg (Gent) (NL), Website, Heritage Website

75 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 7: Belfort

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The Belfry of Ghent is one of three medieval towers that overlook the old city centre of Ghent, Belgium; the other two belonging to Saint Bavo Cathedral and Saint Nicholas' Church. Its height of 91 metres (299 ft) makes it the tallest belfry in Belgium. The belfry of Ghent, together with its attached buildings, belongs to the set of Belfries of Belgium and France, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Wikipedia: Belfry of Ghent (EN), Heritage Website

197 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 8: Hogeschool Gent: Koninklijk Conservatorium

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HOGENT is one of the 17 Flemish universities of applied sciences. It was created in 1995 during the reform of higher education in Flanders from a merger of thirteen educational institutions. The branches of the university of applied sciences are spread across Ghent, Aalst, Melle, Lokeren and Bottelare:Campus Aalst Campus Bijloke Campus Grote Sikkel Campus Ledeganck Campus Lokeren Campus Melle Campus Mercator Campus Schoonmeersen Campus Vesalius Proefhoeve Bottelare Site Geraard de Duivelstraat Site Buchtenstraat (FTI-Lab) Gymnasium

Wikipedia: Hogeschool Gent (NL)

181 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 9: Koninklijke Academie voor Nederlandse Taal- en Letterkunde

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The Royal Flemish Academy for Dutch Language and Literature is an institution focused on the study and promotion of the Dutch language in Flanders. It is the Dutch-speaking counterpart of the Académie royale de langue et de littérature françaises de Belgique and one of Belgium's numerous academies.

Wikipedia: Royal Academy of Dutch Language and Literature (EN), Heritage Website

335 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 10: Dulle Griet

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Dulle Griet

The Dulle Griet is a medieval large-calibre gun founded in Gent (Ghent).

Wikipedia: Dulle Griet (EN), Heritage Website

347 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 11: Castle of the Counts

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Castle of the Counts Marc Ryckaert (MJJR) / CC BY 3.0

The Gravensteen is a medieval castle in the city of Ghent, East Flanders in Belgium. The current castle dates from 1180 and was the residence of the Counts of Flanders until 1353. It was subsequently re-purposed as a court, prison, mint, and even as a cotton factory. It was restored over 1893–1903 and is now a museum and a major landmark in the city.

Wikipedia: Gravensteen (EN), Website, Heritage Website

191 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 12: Groot Vleeshuis

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The Groot Vleeshuis is a Gothic building built in Ghent in 1408-1417. For centuries it was the covered market and the guildhall of the butcher's trade.

Wikipedia: Groot Vleeshuis (NL), Heritage Website

232 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 13: Design Museum Gent

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Design Museum Gent is a museum in Ghent with an extensive collection of Belgian and international design. The collection includes designs from the Art Nouveau of Henry Van de Velde to contemporary avant-garde design. The museum complex, located in the tourist heart of the city of Ghent, consists of an 18th-century mansion and a modern wing. It is one of the twenty most visited museums in Belgium.

Wikipedia: Design museum Gent (NL)

413 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 14: De school van toen

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The School of the Past is a museum located at Klein Raamhof 8 in Ghent.

Wikipedia: De School van Toen (NL)

378 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 15: Kerk Paters Karmelieten

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The Carmelite Fathers, also known as the Monastery Church of the Discalced Carmelites, is a church building in the Belgian city of Ghent. The church was built by the Discalced Carmelites who settled in the city from 1651.

Wikipedia: Kloosterkerk van de Ongeschoeide Karmelieten (Gent) (NL), Heritage Website

461 meters / 6 minutes

Sight 16: St Stephen's Church

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St. Stefanus is a Catholic parish church in Ghent, Belgium, part of an Augustinian monastery. It is dedicated to St. Stephen. The present building dates from 1841.

Wikipedia: St. Stefanus, Ghent (EN)

859 meters / 10 minutes

Sight 17: Museum of Industry

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The Museum of Industry, Work and Textiles is a museum in Ghent in Belgium. Ghent was at the centre of the Flanders textile region. The museum is an Anchor point on the European Route of Industrial Heritage.

Wikipedia: Museum of Industry (Ghent) (EN), Website

1934 meters / 23 minutes

Sight 18: Begijnhofkerk Sint-Elisabeth

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The Beguinage Church of Sint-Elisabeth is a church building in the municipality of Sint-Amandsberg in Ghent. It was the beguinage church of the Great Beguinage Sint-Amandsberg that was built in the last quarter of the 19th century. The church is dedicated to Saint Elizabeth, Saint Michael and the Holy Angels.

Wikipedia: Begijnhofkerk Heilige Elisabeth van Hongarije, Heilige Michael en Heilige Engelen (NL), Heritage Website

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Sight 19: Groot Begijnhof Sint-Elisabeth

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The Groot Begijnhof Sint-Amandsberg is an eight-hectare beguinage in the Sint-Amandsberg suburb just outside the centre of the Belgian city of Ghent. It was built between 1873 and 1874 on the abandonment of the Old Saint Elisabeth Beguinage in the city centre. There is also a third beguinage in Ghent, that of Our-Lady Ter Hooyen.

Wikipedia: Groot Begijnhof Sint-Amandsberg (EN), Heritage Website


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