Discover the world of prostitutes and brothel owners throughout history in Ghent!

Duration: 1h and 45min
Languages: English
Guru: Barbara
Registered on April 26, 2023

Hi! I am Barbara Vos and I live with my husband and cats in the beautiful city of Ghent. I have been a history teachter for fifteen years. If you are looking for the perfect guide to show you around the beautiful city of Ghent, look no further! As a resident of the city for the most part of my life and as a passionate explorer of its hidden gems, I am the ideal guide for your tour. I have spent years immersing myself in the city's culture, history, and cuisine, and I am eager to share my knowledge with visitors. Whether you want to explore the city's architectural marvels, stroll through its picturesque streets, or indulge in its world-renowned cuisine, I can help you discover the best that Ghent has to offer. I am well-versed in the city's transportation options, making it easy for you to get around and see as much as possible. I can also provide insider tips on the best times to visit certain attractions and the best routes to take, ensuring that you have a seamless and enjoyable experience.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

Explore the historical city of Ghent from a unique perspective: how did prostitution flourish in the medieval city, starting from the "Stoofstraatje" to today's modern "Glazen straatje"?
We'll follow a route through the city that will take you through the centuries. You'll be introduced to prostitutes and brothel owners who will come to life for you from the city's archives in this tour. You'll gain an authentic insight into the underbelly of society through time in this vibrant city.

The tour begins at the Korenlei in front of the Marriott Hotel and continues to the Schepenvijverstraat. Along the way, feel free to ask your guide any questions that come to mind – they are well-versed in the themes of this world. 

Bekijk de historische stad Gent vanuit een uniek invalshoek: hoe welig tierde de prostitutie in de middeleeuwse stad vertrekkende vanuit het Stoofstraatje tot het moderne 'Glazen straatje' van vandaag? We leggen een parcours af doorheen de stad dat u zal meevoeren doorheen de eeuwen. U maakt kennis met prostituees en bordeelhouders die voor u uit de archieven van de stad tot leven worden gewekt in deze tour. U krijgt een authentieke inkijk in de onderbuik van de samenleving doorheen de tijd in deze bruisende stad. 
De tour vangt aan op de Korenlei voor het Marriott Hotel tot aan de Schepenvijverstraat. Stel onderweg alle vragen die in u opborrelen aan uw gids, die volledige thuis is in de thematiek van deze wereld.
Deze tour wordt aangeboden in het Engels en het Nederlands. 

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  • Meeting point:
    Korenlei, 9000 Gent, Belgium
    Korenlei, 9000 Gent, Belgium
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    Korenlei, in front of the Marriott Hotel. I will be carrying a sign of Guru Walk.

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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Klaus 24 May 2024
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Travelled in group - May 2024
hi.. i travel a lot.. and normally i try at least one tour a day.. but this one is extraordinary.. i ve done a lot of different tours all over the world.. but you should try that one.. barbara is definitely one of the best guides i ve ever had.. the topic is interesting.. and she did the tour information with a lot of respect for the members of the tour AND for the women, she spoke about.. she was really good informed and it was a pleasure to have that tour.. we all really appreciate that one.. and can recommend that tour.. do not miss it.. it was a highlight in gent. bedankt.
Philine 19 Oct 2023

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Travelled in couple - Oct 2023
Very interesting and original content. Barbara is a History geek with plenty of information about the topic and much more! She is also very available for all kinds of questions and generous in terms of tips and tricks about the city
Romina 27 Sep 2023

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Travelled in couple - Sep 2023
Barbara was a lovely guide full of interesting facts about the city from a completely different perspective. She was very passionate about the subject and bringing the stories of days gone by to life. Highly recommended for a different take on the city of Ghent.
Julia 07 Sep 2023

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Travelled in couple - Sep 2023
We didn’t know what to expect. The tour was a mixture of city/history and prostitution info. Very interesting and not like any other type of tour.
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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
There is no minimum number of people 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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