The Achterdok is one of the three old Ghent docks that are undergoing a complete transformation. The Oude Dokken district is thus well underway to become a versatile new part of the city, where living, working and relaxing are wonderfully well interwoven.

The Achterdok is the lowest of the old docks, on the side of Dampoort. The Kleindokkaai has already been beautifully redeveloped and now creates a perfect connection with the other docks for pedestrians and cyclists.  Green areas have been developed and the neighbouring streets have been turned into a low-traffic residential area.  A delight! 

Looking for a place to stay at the Achterdok? Then check out Ibis Budget Gent Centrum Dampoort, Adagio Access Gent Centrum Dampoort or Big Sleep B&B.

A visit to the old Ghent docks

This 7.5km walk takes you along the former quays, loading and unloading docks, warehouses, harbour cranes, industrial relics and new developments. You’ll explore Handelsdok and Houtdok, and an (optional) extra 2.5-kilometre loop will guide you through Ghent’s largest listed townscape: the Voorhaven area.

Available in English, Dutch and French.

This map is also available at VisitGent Inquiry Desk and Museum of Industry.

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