Bike Touring Highlight
Who would have thought that; Ghent has an important inland port. It is connected via a canal via Bruges to Ostend and the North Sea. The length of the canal from Ghent to Bruges is 42 kilometers. His story is even longer. It dates back to the 13th century when the Reie and Zuidleie rivers were widened.Again and again there was a dispute between the cities of Bruges and Ghent, because functioning waterways mean trade. The two economic centers eyed each other suspiciously and enviously, always looking to their advantage. Who has the better connection? Who could possibly overtake the other city?However, the canal was not only used for shipping, but also as a line of defense in the 16th century. For this reason about twenty entrenchments were built on the southern dykes. The largest fortress, Fort Sint-Filips, was halfway between Bruges and Ghent.Today the canal no longer separates, but is an important inland connection and, above all, a picturesque backdrop for your tour.
August 4, 2021
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