Free Walking Sightseeing Tour #2 in Ghent, Belgium


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Tour Facts

Number of sights 19 sights
Distance 8.6 km
Ascend 122 m
Descend 127 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: 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

1122 meters / 13 minutes

Sight 2: Sint-Machariuskerk

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St. Macharius Church is a church building in Ghent, Belgium. The church is located near St Bavo's Abbey and is dedicated to Macharius.

Wikipedia: Sint-Machariuskerk (Gent) (NL), Heritage Website

695 meters / 8 minutes

Sight 3: Sint-Bavohumaniora

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Sint-Bavohumaniora is a Catholic secondary school in Ghent, Belgium.

Wikipedia: Sint-Bavohumaniora (NL), Heritage Website

352 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 4: 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 5: 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 6: 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

303 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 7: Oud Postgebouw

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The Old Post Office Building is a monumental building in Ghent, located on the Korenmarkt and on the Graslei, next to the Sint-Michielshelling.

Wikipedia: Oude Postkantoor (Gent) (NL), Heritage Website

431 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 8: Saint Michael's Church

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Saint Michael's Church is a Roman Catholic church in Ghent, Belgium built in a late Gothic style. It is known for its rich interior decoration.

Wikipedia: Saint Michael's Church, Ghent (EN), Heritage Website

78 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 9: Sint-Michielsbrug

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St. Michael's Bridge is a stone arch bridge in the center of the Belgian city of Ghent. The bridge is located over the Leie, on the south side of the Graslei and the Korenlei. The current monumental bridge was built in the period 1905-1909, after the construction of the post office. Both St. Michael's Bridge and the Old Post Office Building were created by architect Louis Cloquet.

Wikipedia: Sint-Michielsbrug (NL), Heritage Website

380 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 10: Arnold Vander Haeghen

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Arnold Vander Haeghen Mertens, Joeri / CC BY 4.0

The Museum Arnold Vander Haeghen in the mansion Hotel Clemmen is a museum in the Veldstraat in the Flemish city of Ghent. Highlights of the collection include a reconstruction of the study and library of the Belgian Nobel Prize winner Maurice Maeterlinck, the cabinets of Charles Doudelet and Victor Stuyvaert, and a Chinese salon. The museum is housed in the building of the former Hotel Clemmen, a patrician house that was built in 1746 to a design by David 't Kindt.

Wikipedia: Museum Arnold Vander Haeghen (NL), Heritage Website

17 meters / 0 minutes

Sight 11: Hotel d'Hane-Steenhuyse

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The Hotel d'Hane-Steenhuyse is an 18th-century hôtel particulier in the Belgian city of Ghent. It is located in the Veldstraat and was formerly owned by the D'Hane de Steenhuyse family.

Wikipedia: Hotel d'Hane-Steenhuyse (EN), Heritage Website

182 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 12: 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

600 meters / 7 minutes

Sight 13: Minardschouwburg

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Minardschouwburg Donar Reiskoffer / CC BY 3.0

The Minard Theatre, commonly referred to simply as "De Minard", is a theatre in the Belgian city of Ghent. The Minard Theatre is located on the Walpoortstraat in the Waalse Krook. It was built in 1847 by the Belgian architect Louis Minard, as a reaction to the French-speaking theatre and opera in Ghent.

Wikipedia: Minardschouwburg (NL), Heritage Website

673 meters / 8 minutes

Sight 14: Sint-Annakerk

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St. Anne's Church is a church in Ghent, Belgium. The church was protected as a monument in 1980 and the entire area as a cityscape.

Wikipedia: Sint-Annakerk (Gent) (NL), Heritage Website

481 meters / 6 minutes

Sight 15: Begijnhof Ter Hoye

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Begijnhof Ter Hoye No machine-readable author provided. Francis Schonken assumed (based on copyright claims). / CC BY-SA 3.0

The small beguinage O.L.V. Ter Hooyen is situated in southern area of Ghent. This beguinage was built on the ‘Groene Hooie’, between the ‘Hooipoort’ and the ‘Vijfwindgatenpoort’. That is how this little beguinage got its name.

Wikipedia: Our-Lady Ter Hooyen (EN), Heritage Website

133 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 16: Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ter Hoyekerk

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Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ter Hoyekerk Davidh820 / CC BY-SA 4.0

The Church of Our Lady of the Hoye, also known as the Church of Our Lady of the Presentation, is a church building in the Belgian city of Ghent. It is part of the Small Beguinage of Ghent. The beguinage and the church get their name from a meadow that was called the "Green Hoye" in the early Middle Ages.

Wikipedia: Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ter Hoyekerk (NL), Heritage Website

872 meters / 10 minutes

Sight 17: Koning Albertpark

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The Koning Albertpark, also known as Zuidpark, is a city park in the Belgian city of Ghent. The park is located in the southeast of the city center, between Woodrow Wilson Square and the B401 motorway exits that terminate at Zuidpark in the city. It is a neo-baroque park, where the other parks in the city are mostly laid out in English landscape style.

Wikipedia: King Albert Park, Ghent (EN)

1457 meters / 17 minutes

Sight 18: Rommelaere Instituut

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The Rommelaere Institute is a neo-Gothic building of Ghent University and housed the Institute for Hygiene, Bacteriology and Forensic Medicine of the Faculty of Medicine. The Medical Biotechnology Center of the Flemish Institute for Biotechnology VIB had also taken up residence on the site, until it moved to Zwijnaarde.

Wikipedia: Rommelaere Instituut (NL), Heritage Website

566 meters / 7 minutes

Sight 19: Stadsmuseum Gent

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The Ghent City Museum is a museum in the Belgian city of Ghent. The museum exposes the city history and opened its doors on 9 October 2010. With respect to the collection that is shown, the history of this museum goes back to 1833, the year in which the Oudheidkundig Museum van de Bijloke in Ghent was founded. In 1928 the museum was situated in the Bijloke abbey - this led to the name Bijlokemuseum.

Wikipedia: Ghent City Museum (EN), Website


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