Free Evening Tour: The Dark Side of Ghent | History & Mystery Tour | By Local Legends

Duration: 2h
Languages: English, Spanish
Quality Verified Registered on March 24, 2020

Legends Free Walking Tours offer free tours, private tours and other fun experiences in Bruges, Brussels, Ghent and Antwerp. From its foundation in 2015, the Legends team has guided tens of thousands of tourists through Flanders thanks to the work of its large team of experienced local tour guides, who strive every day to provide a quality service and maximize the customer satisfaction. For this reason, Legends Free Walking Tours is the best rated tour company on TripAdvisor and has been named the top 20 best experience in Western Europe by Viator.

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Tour description

Get to know the more hidden and enigmatic face of the old town of Ghent with this free tour of mysteries, legends and curiosities through the beautiful birthplace of Charles V.

Ghent is a beautiful city where echoes of the past still remain. Its medieval skyline can be best observed from the Saint Michael's bridge, where we will start the tour. After a brief introduction to the origins of the city, we'll head to the Graslei wharf, the old harbour of medieval Ghent.

Following the banks that mark the channels of the River Lys, we will arrive at the Appelbrugparkje to learn how those sentenced to death spent their last hours. Very close we will see the Hoofdbrug, also called “decapitation bridge”. From this place we will enjoy excellent views of the Gravensteen, the castle of the counts of Ghent.

Our next stop on this free tour takes us to the remains of the old Royal Palace where Charles V was born. After the rebellious people of Ghent came into conflict with him, he punished the city so severely that the city was never the same. 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 is the old Augustine monastery, where we will tell you the bloody history of religious repression in Ghent, when the King of Spain, Felipe II, and his right hand, the Duke of Alba, fought against the rise of Protestantism in the provinces of the Netherlands.

Finally, we will conclude the tour in Patershol, one of the most beautiful medieval neighborhoods in Ghent, with some final tales of history and folklore...

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Sint-Michielsplein 21, 9000 Gent, Bel...
    Sint-Michielsplein 21, 9000 Gent, Belgium
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    At the entrance of the Uppelink Hostel. Red umbrella

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How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Juan 15 Jul 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jul 2024
Ha sido una gran experiencia. El recorrido se hizo muy ameno con las explicaciones del guía. Lo recomiendo sin ninguna duda!
Sarah 14 Jul 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jul 2024
Padrísimo todo. Nuestro guía era súper bueno y divertido
Felix 12 Jul 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jul 2024
Muy buen tour, Valentina tiene una vibra muy cool y te mantiene al filo de la Butaca con las historias.
Allison 09 Jul 2024

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Travelled in group - Jul 2024
Loved it...entertaining and full of historical facts and grisly stories. Even our 18 year old had a good time! Thanks, Kenny, for a 5* tour!
Chad 09 Jul 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
Isabella was great! We were really impressed by the knowledge and also their enthusiasm. Isabella kept her energy up the whole time despite the rain.
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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