Ghent has a special bond with the waterside and even owes its very origin to the waterways.

On the very confluence of the river Lys into the Scheldt, the Romans and later also the Celts already built a settlement. In the early middle ages, the city that now-a days is called Ghent has originated. The word ‘Ganda’ means ‘confluence’ in the Celtic language.

Water and everything which is related to it might be the most important patrimony of the city. But it are not only the waterways in the city centre that boast a historic, tourist and economic significance for Ghent. Also the Port of Ghent bears an important contribution.

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