Stand at the helm of a minerva boat or luxury sloop.
Go boating on the touristic Leie with your friends, colleagues or relatives for just a couple of hours or maybe all day long. You’ll peacefully pass beautiful gardens as well as the painter’s villages St.-Martens-Latem and Deurle. Every day a few cabrio boats, family boats and luxury sloops can explore the historic center of Ghent. Due to heavy boat traffic experience is recom-mended. Therefore everybody has to navigate first on the Leie and only then in the center of Ghent.
Our boats are designed to be easily operable and comfortable:
• Standard boats/cabrio boats up to 4 passengers,
• Luxury sloops up to 5, 6, 10, 12 passengers
• Very simple to operate
• No boating license or experience required (min. age 18)
• No floodgates or swing bridges on the route
• Pets are not allowed on the boats
• Qualified staff on site to provide you with all necessary information, advice and directions.
You can find us at the Minerva port, at the corner of Coupure and Lindenlei.
Tel. : 0032(0)9/233 79 17
Maldegem has a charming station built in 1862. Preserved as a monument and expanded into a unique center with steam locomotives and other old trains, Maldegem Steam Center is a living museum!
On board industrial archealogical treasures, you return, puffing and steaming, 50 years back in time on wooden benches or in plush first class compartments.
As well as the “big train” there is also a narrow gauge line with open coaches, perfect for children.
In the cinema coach you can watch a film about trains of the past.
On board the train you can relax with a beer or soft drink served at your seat! In the Steam Center you can certainly pass at least half a day!
Trains run every Sunday and national Holiday from the 1st of May up to and including the 25th of September. In July and August, the train also runs on Wednesdays. On request for groups, the train can run any day of the year!
Check the website for the exact timetable of the trains
Steam Center organizes annual events: Steam festival: April 29th and 30th and the 1st of May
pam Velzeke, a voyage of discovery from prehistory to Merovingian times
At Velzeke a rich collection of archaeological objects is displayed from prehistory, the Gallo-Roman period, and the early Middle Ages. In Roman times Velzeke was a prosperous trade centre that lived on into the early Middle Ages. Excavations brought to light magnificent objects from this rich past.
Visitors can touch objects, dress up as prehistoric hunters or according to Gallo-Roman fashion, or try out the weapons of a Roman legionnaire. Get to know and understand our ancestors better by literally touching the past. The story of a living museum collection combined with a fascinating journey through time!
The Stedelijk Museum Aalst, housed in the old Gasthuys, a historic building in the city centre, tells the story of the city and the region.
Did you know that Dirk Martens was the very first printer in Belgium (1473), that landscape painter Valerius de Saedeleer was born in Aalst, that the political and social fight of priest Daens started in Aalst, that Louis Paul Boon described his native town in his books in detail? These stories, as well as an evocation of the well-known carnival in Aalst, are all told at ’t Gasthuys –Stedelijk Museum Aalst.
Ronse is a vibrant and historic town located on the language border in the Flemish Ardennes. Download free guided walks from the website www.mytours.be in order to discover the highly varied history of Ronse.
The Romanesque crypt of Saint Hermes is unique in Belgium and is not to be missed under any circumstances. It is highly remarkable both aesthetically and archaeologically. In 1089 the crypt was consecrated as a storage area for the relics of Saint Hermes. Audio guides are available in four languages (Dutch, French, English, and German).
Must (museum for textile)
At the work section of the Must you can attend demonstrations of the extensive collection of operational looms and their evolution within the textile sector.
Almost the entire town of ENAME exudes history! There is the archaeological site with the remains of an abbey of the Order of Saint Benedict, a little higher up are the protected Bos t’Ename woods, the town is home to the beautifully restored Saint Laurence church, and the provincial archaeological museum of pam Ename serves as the gathering point for all information. Not to mention the things that escape the eye: a fortress once stood here which served to protect the border of the German empire. The story behind this fortress can be found at the museum. And there is much more: discover the museum as an individual visitor with or without audio guide, become a true time detective along with your class, see the old abbey or the old town arise with the press of a button, … To experience, to learn, to unwind, to be surprised… Anything can be found within walking distance in Ename!
Oudenaarde is the ideal starting point for a further exploration of the Flemish Ardennes, a thousand years of history among endlessly rolling hills.
MOU, the Museum of Oudenaarde and the Flemish Ardennes, brings this history to life. Via interactive media and exceptional historical pieces you will experience the stories of the town and its inhabitants, travelling through time from the Middle Ages till today. You will meet the emperor Charles V, who gets a chambermaid pregnant, and Louis XIV, who suffers defeat in the fields around the town. But especially the inhabitants will cross your path. Those from the sixteenth century, for instance, who drank three times as much beer as they do today, scenes that were later painted by the internationally renowned Adriaan Brouwer.Well-known faces such as Frank De Bleeckere, Jotie T’Hooft and Johan Tahon explain what fascinates them in this town. Top model Cesar Casier and four other characters pose as historical figures before the camera of Stephan Vanfleteren, one of Belgium’s best photographers. Also his present-day interpretation of Louis XIV is an eye-catcher.
MOU is a contemporary museum. A medieval manuscript shines out next to a multi-touch table, archaeological finds are followed by an interactive scale-model, a wall with more than two hundred picture postcards changes into a video wall, the main characters sit to portrait-painters as well as to an actual photographer. With all these stories and these many layers every visitor can weave his own story. You can also put yourself in the shoes of Vauban, Louis’ specialist in defensive works: every visitor can build a fortification around Oudenaarde and test how strong it is.