The 5 best offbeat tours in Ghent
Viadagio runs ecological boat tours that don’t harm the environment or annoy local residents. They use beautiful wooden punts that are hand-crafted in Bangladesh to take you on a silent tour of the city’s waterways. Boat tours have to be booked for groups of at least six people. The ideal departure time is around dusk on a warm summer evening.
2) De Fietsambassade
One of the world’s great cycling cities, Ghent is the perfect place to get around by bike. The city has developed a network of dedicated cycle routes, along with bridges and tunnels to separate bikes from cars. You can rent a sturdy city bike for a day or longer at several locations in the city, including the underground bike park below the Stadshal in the city centre.
3) Minerva Boat Company
You can spend a summer day exploring the waterways of Ghent on your own little motor boat. The boat can be picked up at a small harbour office near the Kouter for a little trip of a couple of hours, or a full day messing around on the River Leie. The helpful staff tell you everything you need to know about navigating the local waterways.
4) Bike Ghent
Ghent local Christophe De Smet organises mountain bike tours that take you to unexpected corners of the city. Beginning on the main square, he heads to hidden places on the urban edge, including industrial areas with eclectic street art.
5) Tram 1
The cheapest way to see the sights is to hop on tram 1. It takes you right through the centre of Ghent, down narrow streets lined with stylish shops, across the busy Korenmarkt and around the grey stone walls of the Gravensteen. Pick up the tram at Sint-Pietersstation.
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