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Ghent: exploring the lesser known Venice of the North, the green way

Everybody knows that if you want to glide along on canals looking at fabulous medieval architecture in Belgium, you go to Bruges, right? Well, think again, because as our travellers found out with the help of one of Belgium’s best known DJs, Sam De Bruyn, Ghent has plenty of that, as well.

Sam is a big fan of Ghent but he also writes a travel blog and when Yldau and Fabian talked with him about their shared passion, they agreed that very often the “top tourist destination” in a country is not as exciting as some lesser known places: in their experience it pays to follow the less beaten track.

Ghent is a good case in point. The city has the country’s largest car-free city center and it lies at the confluence of two rivers: the Lys (Leie) and the Scheldt (Schelde). Many canals connect them at various points, creating an extensive network of waterways that reach into the countryside.    

Ghent Road trip project

Along the waterways, one of Europe’s finest ensemble of superbly preserved medieval architecture awaits the visitor. To explore it, there is now a new and exciting way: by carbon-neutral raft courtesy of VlotGent! The rafts are powered by a small electric engine (a bit too small, if the wind is against you, our travellers found, but there was no hurry) which is fuelled by solar panels.

They come in three sizes for up to eight people and you can even have a picnic on them!

VlotGent fits right in with what the city as a whole wants to achieve, and it’s ambitious: to be entirely carbon-neutral by 2040.

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