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Proud Flandria is an open-air museum in which GENT is a unique architectural encyclopedia where there is logic, matter and poetry. Based on the number of cultural values, the city takes the second place in BELGIUM, conceding only to the city of arts - ANTWERP. Ghent is a worthy rival to Bruges on the influx of tourists and the number of monuments. Is the city merchant, proud and rich, rebellious, proletarian ... or prudent?
And it is no by chance that it is called "the city of Splendor" ...
ANTWERP is the capital of the world of the XVI century, the birthplace of Flemish painting. Brilliant Rubens and Van Dyck lived and created there. The city of diamonds is a brilliant city in a golden ring of lush churches and stunning mansions. River fog, cries of seagulls, port cranes, festive vanity on the streets - forever alive ANTVERP calls us to a journey!
Departure in the morning. Departure time depends on the city of departure and is reported when ordering a trip.
The second largest and most important city of Belgium, as well as its largest port, is the main city of the province of ANTWERP, which stretches along the banks of the deep river Scheldt (in German, Scheldt). Аrrival in Antwerp at about 13:00. The city knew both ups and downs, which tempered the character of its inhabitants, making it no less durable than diamonds. By the way, Antwerp ranks first in the world in the number of processed and sold diamonds. And in the XVI century in Europe there was a saying: "The world is a ring, and Antwerp is a diamond on it."
Joining the Hanseatic League in 1315, Antwerp turned into the second largest city after Paris in Europe north of the Alps by the 16th century. Trade gave a unique sense of freedom and led to the development of the arts, crafts, culture, print and finance. The exchange, transferred here "to the advantage of merchants of all nations and languages" from Bruges, has made Antwerp the financial center of the world. This is the hometown of a whole galaxy of brilliant artists: Rubens, Van Dyck, Brueghel, Jordaens and others whose works adorn the magnificent churches and museums of the city.
Modern Antwerp is one of the recognized centers of world fashion. Antwerp is cosmopolitan - it is a colorful mixture of nations, cultures, architectural styles with a unique atmosphere and aura that promotes the birth of talents. It is a paradise for tourists from all over the world.
During the tour, we will approach the symbol of the city, to its oldest building - the castle of Steen. Today it houses the Museum of Shipping. On the other side of the street rises a magnificent Gothic building - this is the House of Butchers. Today it also has a museum, in the halls of which there is a collection of art objects.
You will not be indifferent to the grandeur of the Grote Markt. On this square are located the Town Hall of the 16th century and the Gothic facades of the buildings of shops and guilds. In the center of the square, your attention will be attracted to the unusual Brabo fountain, the occasion for the construction of which was a legend that the guide will certainly tell you.
The Cathedral, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, opened in 1521, has the highest bell tower in Belgium and is decorated with works by Rubens and other famous Flemish painters. The central shopping street Meir is decorated with the first skyscraper in Europe about 100 meters high, the exchange building, the Royal Palace, the Festivity Hall, numerous shop windows and monuments to artists.
A little to the side we will see one of the main attractions of Antwerp - the house-museum of the Flemish genius Peter Paul Rubens (XVII century). At the end of the street you can see the magnificent dome of the most beautiful railway station in Belgium, next to which there are the Diamond Museum, Diamond Exchanges, the Jewish Quarter with numerous jewelry shops and one of the oldest zoos in the world with an area of 10 hectares.
In your free time, you will pay tribute to the excellent Flemish cuisine, and Flemish beer (300 varieties), excellent Belgian chocolate, and, of course, the inevitable shopping.
Upon arrival in the capital of Flanders, GENT - a walking tour. The city is located on 23 islands, at the confluence of two rivers, as evidenced by its name: Ganda - "merger" translated from the Celtic language. The visiting card of the city is the majestic Grafensten - the castle of the counts of Flanders (IX-XII centuries); the palace of Gerard the Devil; the exquisite buildings of the Korenlei and Grasli embankments - a panorama from which it is difficult to take your eyes off, the Belfort Tower, where at an altitude of “only” 96 m the non-dormant symbol of Ghent - the Dragon - will observe your delight ... There are many sights, starting from St. Michael’s Church and the houses of the Guilds to the "King" - guns of Dulle Grit (1431) and the bells of Roland. For dessert - St. Bavon's Cathedral (X-XII centuries), which stores the amazing creation of the Van Eyck brothers - the Ghent Altar. In short, are you ready to be speechless from admiration, meeting with the beautiful, to see all these indescribable beauties located in a very small area of the Old Town ?! Then come with us! And we are absolutely sure that you can exclaim, like Albrecht Dürer: “What a big and wonderful city!”
Ghent and Antwerp are two of the most beautiful cities in Belgium and all of Europe. We can only see them, admire and love! ..
In the evening, return to Germany. Arrival time depends on the city of departure.
Depending on the circumstances, the program may be changed by a guide or an accompanying person during the course.
The travel agency has the right to adjust. Prices can be changed depending on the season.
Entrance tickets are paid additionally (at will).
Departure is possible from the cities:
Aachen, Bonn, Dortmund, Duesseldorf, Cologne, Monchengladbach, Essen,
and also from Koblenz, Muenster, Osnabrueck and Frankfurt - at the weekend.
* - extra charge for departure (if available) is paid additionally
The list of possible departure cities and information about the availability of co-payment for departure is found in the block Calculation of the base cost by selecting the date and city of departure you are interested in.