Pre-congress City Walk Ghent

Walking through the streets of Ghent

The city of Ghent was a powerful medieval town at the confluence of the rivers Scheldt and Lys, strategically situated at the border between the historical France and German Empire. As an important proto-industrial and trade centre, it also had a significant imprint on the surrounding rural landscapes. In the 19th century, Ghent imported the industrial textile industry from England and expanded rapidly as an industrial port. Successive phases of urbanisation are clearly recognisable.

The walk will explore the historical heart of the city by foot, walking in the streets and along the canals of the city.


Marc Antrop (Department of Geography, Ghent University) and Frank Gelaude (University of Antwerp) 

When and where

The walk starts in front of the congress venue ‘Het Pand’ at 18h00 and ends around 20h00.