Provincie Oost-Vlaanderen Things to Do

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Provincie Oost-Vlaanderen Things to Do

  • Castle of the Counts - Gravensteen

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Gent Things to Do

    Begun in the 12th century and expanded over time, this castle was the seat of the Counts of Flanders. Over the centuries, it functioned as a prison and as a cotton mill. Nowadays, it is open to visitors as a museum. It sits in the heart of old Ghent and provides the old city with its mediaeval charm.

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  • St Bavo's Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Gent Things to Do

    The mix of red brick and stone in the interior of Saint Bavo's Cathedral was a bit of a surprise for I had expected it to be entirely in stone, as most Gothic churches tend to be. Another observation is the lack of ornamentation, but this is less of a surprise given that Ghent underwent a turbulent period in the 16th century when iconclastic...

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  • Belfry Tower

    Gent Things to Do

    Rising 91m in height, the Belfry of Ghent is the tallest among the 56 "Belfries of Belgium and France" on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It was completed in 1380 and has survived largely intact with the exception of its spire, which was changed a few times since then, the last of which occurred in the early 20th century. The Gothic Belfry was...

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  • St Nicholas Church

    Gent Things to Do

    Dedicated to Saint Nicholas, this Roman Catholic church is one of the most prominent landmarks in Ghent. It was completed in 1250 on the site of an older, smaller Romanesque-style church that burnt down in 1176. It was constructed using stones from Tournai in an architectural style known as Scheldt Gothic, unique in its superfluous use of turrets...

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  • Boat Ride

    Gent Things to Do

    Another 'must do' when in Gent! It was so nice to meet vt member Joplaboem (Erwin) in Gent. Without Erwin we would not have stopped here, let alone experience the things we did in a short period of time. Erwin mate.... you are a gem!! As I said, do not leave Gent unless you have done a canal trip. It is relaxing, entertaining and a nice way to...

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  • Friday Market - Vrijdagmarkt

    Gent Things to Do

    The Ons Huis and Bond Moyson Buildings are probably due to their impressive Art Nouveau style my favourite buildings in Gent. They are linked to the Socialist Movement in Flanders and were built in the turn of the 19th to the 20th century. Most other buildings in the neighbourhood date back to the 18th century. The Ons Huis and Bon Moyson...

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  • Graslei

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Gent Things to Do

    One of the nicer parts of the historical center of Gent is the Graslei and Korenlei area along the river, at least when there's good weather. ;-) The river is lined by these lovely old buildings, and not much beats sitting outside, having a beer from one of the nearby cafes or bars. Of course, the people of Gent enjoy it, too, so you won't be...

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  • Saint Michael’s Church -...

    Gent Things to Do

    Standing with its chevet towering over the Ghent-Bruges Canal and a bridge, Sint-Michielskerk makes a great backdrop for a photo. The Roman Catholic church is dedicated to Saint Michael, and it traces its roots back to the 12th century or earlier, but the existing late-Gothic structure is thought to have been constructed beginning in 1440. The work...

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  • Dulle Griet - Mad Maggy

    4 out of 5 stars

    Gent Things to Do

    Gent is definately the place to go if you want to indulge in great Belgium Beers! I hear that it is a fella's buck's night dream! haha :o) ..... But if I lived close by...don't you worry.... I'd have a regular Sheilla's beer night too lol. And the best place to go is Dulle Griet right in the heart of the City. With a selection of 250 different...

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  • Groot Vleeshuis - Meat House

    4 out of 5 stars

    Gent Things to Do

    Known in English as the Great Butchers' Hall, Groot Vleeshuis was built as a meat market. The trade was regulated in mediaeval times to ensure quality and was centralised in this very market. The structure was completed in 1419, replacing an older wooden structure. It has an impressive wooden ceiling in its interior, which is nowadays a...

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  • St Baaf Cathedral

    Gent Things to Do

    This is the oldest church in Ghent and dates back to the 10th century. In 942 a place to pray was built here in honor of St-John the Baptist in the 11th century this church was enlarged. There is nothing left of this first place of worship. In the middle of the 12th century a new roman church was built on the same spot. The roman church was...

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  • Belfort

    Gent Things to Do

    The Belfort (belfry) like in many other Belgium cities gives you a chance to have a great view over the city as it’s located between the St.Nickolas church and the cathedral. The tower is 91 meter high and was built in 1380. There is a steep and narrow staircase but don’t worry about that because you can take a lift to the parapet (fourth floor)...

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  • Gentse Feesten

    Gent Things to Do

    Si quieren conocer la mejor fiesta de verano de Belgica, vengan en Julio a Gantes a participar de los 10 dias de fiesta de la Gentse Feesten! Es lejos el mejor momento de conocer la ciudad (aunque este un poco sobre poblada por que cada año viene mas gente). Los espectaculos son gratuitos y de muy buena calidad, y la ciudad, esta realmente de...

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  • Castle of Gerald the Devil

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Gent Things to Do

    Geraard de Duivelsteen was built in the 13th century and is named after Gheeraert Vilain who was nicknamed "The Devil". This castle has been used, over the centuries, for many different purposes, including : a monastery, a school, a prison, an orphanage, a juvenile detention center, an institution for the demented, an arsenal and a fire...

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  • Jacob Van Artevelde

    Gent Things to Do

    The Statue of Jacob van Artevelde was errected in 1863 by Devigne-Guyo. The Flemish politician was born in 1290 in Gent and became a local hero when he allegedly saved the local textile industry by allowing imports of English wool. The bronze statue shows Jacob van Artevelde speaking to the masses and pointing towards England. Directions: The...

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  • Vrijdagsmarkt

    Gent Things to Do

    I don’t know if I should admit this in public (especially since the American authorities might read it and not let me back into the country), but the most moving and emotional sight for me in Ghent was this Art-Deco building from the year 1899 called “Our House” (Ons Huis), which is clearly identified in golden letters as the home of the Socialist...

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  • City Hall - Stadhuis

    Gent Things to Do

    This flamboyant Gothic façade is the Town Hall (Stadhuis) of Ghent. It is in fact made up of several adjacent structures constructed over several periods with contrasting architectural styles. In the main photo is the Gothic style building, which dates from the early 16th century, and has a stunning elaborately decorated façade. Next to it is a...

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  • Walking

    Gent Things to Do

    I couldn't help but notice my name on the front of this former church and so a little research had to be done. It turns out that this is the Galerie St John which is a commercial art and antiques gallery in a former 18th century chapel. It specialises in Belgian 19th and 20th century works and although primarily a business concern it has links to...

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  • Museum of Decorative Arts

    Gent Things to Do

    Museum voor Sierkunst, Design Museum, offers exhibitions of 20th century and contemporary design, with a fine representation of objects from the 19th century and earlier. The design of the museum is worth taking of. Behind an 18th century facade there is a modern building filled with light, which does the various exhibits justice. There are...

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  • Old Fish Market

    Gent Things to Do

    “The following day we proceeded to Ghent, where we spent the remaining hours of daylight in sight-seeing, through rain and dirt so terrible that precaution appeared vain and I quite gave up picking my way.” — from a letter, dated 17.October.1835 written by Fanny Mendelsohn Hensel (1805-1847, sister to composer Felix Mendelsohn) The distinctive...

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  • Groentenmarkt

    Gent Things to Do

    Groentenmarkt means Vegetable Market, and you really can buy vegetables here, but first you might have to wait for the tram to go by. Another thing you can do here is buy tickets for a boat trip on the canals. In former times this square was used for executions, so there is a small house here called the Galgenhuisje, meaning Gallows House, where...

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  • The Roeland Bell - Klokke Roeland

    Gent Things to Do

    The "Klokke Roeland" cast in 1314 and hung in the Belfort , was used as an alarm bell until it was re-cast in 1659. After that it was used to ring out victories and other celebrations. During the Gent Festival of 1914 it cracked ( one wonders if it was reverting to its former role as a harbinger of danger?). It was not replaced in the belfry...

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  • Theatre - Groot Huis

    Gent Things to Do

    One of the highlights of the exterior of the Groot Huis (former Royal Dutch Theatre) facing Ghent’s Sint-Baefsplein, is the sgraffito painted tympanum (see photo #3) by Constant Montald (1862–1944), a Belgian painter, muralist, sculptor and teacher. The tympanum’s allegorical scene shows Apollo, on his chariot, being led by the Muses. The theatre’s...

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  • Saint Michael's Bridge

    Gent Things to Do

    The Saint-Michael's bridge is the most monumental bridge in Ghent. From this bridge one can enjoy the beautiful view of the famous Ghent towers: Saint Nicholas' Church, the Belfry and Saint Bavo's Cathedral.

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  • Het Rabot

    Gent Things to Do

    The Rabot was built in 1491 with the purpose to strengthen the city's defensive system. Just 3 years before its construction, Maximilian of Austria tried to seize Gent at exactly this location. The Rabot also functioned as a floodgate and much later it was also used as an ammunition depot. Directions The Rabot stands at the Lieve canal in the...

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  • Geraard de Duivelsteen

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Gent Things to Do

    Known as Castle of Gerald the Devil (Geeraard de Duivelsteen in Dutch), this Gothic edifice dates from the 13th century. It belonged to a certain Gerald who, according to legend, married five times, but killed each one to marry the next, hence the nickname "the Devil". The castle is said to be Ghent's first residential building to be built from...

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  • Great Butcher Hall

    Gent Things to Do

    In the historic center of Ghent, the long Great Butcher Hall (Groot Vleeshuis) was a mediaeval covered meat market; the building also contained a guild house, a chapel and numerous attics in the gabled roof. It was not primarily a guild of butchers, like many other guildhalls, that were only used as a meeting room by the member tradesmen. The...

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  • Canal Trip

    Gent Things to Do

    Since I had arrived too late in the evening to take a canal boat tour in Brugge a couple days before, I was determined to take one in Gent. So I went over to the dock at the Vleeshuisbrug Groentenmarkt and took the next boat that was leaving. This happened to be a tour with explanations in French, which had the advantage that our boat was not...

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  • Korenmarkt

    Gent Things to Do

    The Korenmarkt is a square in the center of Ghent, between St. Nicholas Church and the Lys River. Koren means corn, so this is a place where grain was bought and sold in the Middle Ages. For most of the twentieth century the Korenmarkt was nothing but a large parking lot for cars, but now they say it is “the heart of the largest pedestrianised...

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  • Floralies

    Gent Things to Do

    Floralies of Ghent - Edition 2005/33 A daytrip to the Expo hallen with some good friends like Danielle and Caroline ( Irisbe and B.Caro)First looking at the art of flower culture - than up to Oudenaarde for tasting the art of Beer Brewery.

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  • Lakenhalle

    Gent Things to Do

    Adjacent to the Belfry of Ghent, this Flemish Gothic edifice was built in 1425 as the cloth and linen trading hall -- naturally, as its name means "Cloth Hall". Cloth weaving was one of the trades that greatly enriched Ghent during that period. When I visited in Dec 2014, a flee market of sorts was taking place inside the hall.

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  • St Michielsbrug

    Gent Things to Do

    The bridge over the River Leie is the best place from which to view the skyline's trademark of the 3 towers; Sint Niklaas, The Belfort & St. Baaf's. From this bridge there are wonderful views to behold of Gent - in every direction.

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  • St Nickholas Cathedral -...

    Gent Things to Do

    Just opposite of St. Bravo's cathedral is another stunning cathedral, St. Nick's... again built sometime in the 16th century, the stainless glass windows and marble scupltures inside are just amazing. No admission price to enter just a donation for the upkeep of this great building.... just be carfeul entering as there in construction all around it...

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  • Mammelokker

    Gent Things to Do

    The Mammelokker is a small building leaning at the Belfry and Lakenhalle. It was built in 1741 designed by David ‘t Kindt. It was the wardens house and entrance to the city prison. From 1742 to 1902 the prison was housed in the crypte of the Lakenhalle. The name Mammelokker comes from the relief on the gable. A roman legend tells of an old men...

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  • Postgebouw

    Gent Things to Do

    This is yet another impressive building that we saw exploring the city. It turned out to be the Post Office! Just look at its luxurious decorations! The building was built of stone in 1910. The picture was taken from the St Michael's Bridge (St Michielsbrug) and you can also see the Church of St Nicolas in the distance.

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  • Koornmarkt

    Gent Things to Do

    Korenmarkt lies at the center (Centrum) of the city. If you arrive by train at Sint-Pieters Station, take tram 1, 10, 11, or 12 from under the bridge to your left when you exit the station, to Korenmarkt. Unless you need to count every euro, don't walk to the center; it's a dull route. Save your shoe leather and energy for sightseeing in the oldest...

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  • Ghent

    Ghent is one of the jewels of Flanders, with a monument-filled historical centre and an animated cultural life. Surprisingly, this city is often forgotten by visitors to Belgium, which, in a way, makes it a much more rewarding destination for those who make the effort or stopping here on their way from Brussels to Brugge.

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  • Sint-Lievens-Esse

    This is one of my favourite memories of Belgium. We (a few friends and me) arrived at the gate of the Van den Bossche brewery, asking if we could visit it. "My husband is very busy", the brewer's wife said. Just when we wanted to leave she thought said "Okay, 15 minutes then" and showed us the entire brewery! And it took more than 15 minutes!...

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  • Herzele

    Herzele has one of the best breweries in Belgium. Although it has a long tradition it is quite unknown. Reasons; the beers are only available in casks and plastic 2 l. bottles, which makes it unfit for export. I recommend you to try Rochus, a nice dark beer, a bit like a stout. But they're all good. Oh, not that it really matters, but it's a bit...

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  • Gent

    The city of Gent is the capital of East Flanders, one of the 10 Belgian provinces. In the late mediaeval times Gent was the second largest city in NW-Europe, after Paris. Today it is the second largest city of the Flanders region, and the third in Belgium.Gent, is located 55 km to the west of Brussels, and covers 156 sq. km of which 36 sq. km is...

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  • Centrum Ronde van Vlaanderen

    This interactive museum is all about the Tour de Flanders. When you enter you choose a hero out of twelve legends of the tour. During your visit you discover all about this cyclist.The Museum starts with a 15 minutes multimedia show. After that you can discover on your own. Try to ride a hill behind Peter van Petegem, a winner. See how Filip is...

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  • Ename

    Ename is part of Oudenaarde. It is just downstream the Schelde river. The main attraction is the archeological site. From 974 till 1050 Ename was the fortress that defended the northern border of the Ottonian empire. When its great fortress was destroyed monks came here and lived here for more than 7 centuries. The french revolution chased the...

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  • Carillon, Oudenaarde

    Beside the St Walburgs church are 4 of the 37 bells of the Carillon that used to be at townhall. The bells were made by Andreas van der Gheyn in 1759. In 1894 the carillon moved to the St Walburga church. Every sunday from 11:45 to 12:45 there is a carillon concert here.

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  • Beguinage, Oudenaarde

    One of the nicest beguinages we have seen in belgium is located in Oudenaarde.A beguinage consists of a number of small houses within a courtyard enclosed by walls.Unlike regular nuns, beguines are not under vows of celibacy, obedience and poverty. They do take a vow of chastity and obedience for as long as they choose to stay at the beguinage. If...

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  • Oudenaarde

    Oudenaarde is almost 1000 years old.When you enter Oudenaarde the first thing you see is the giant tower of the St Walburga church. Opposite of the church is the centre of the Tour de Flanders. Behind the church you will find the beautifull townhall. Oudenaarde has some more interesting sites, over 100 classified monuments and house of which we...

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