Graslei and Korenlei are two quays in the historic city center of Ghent, Belgium, located on the opposite banks of the Leie river. They were part of the medieval port and are now a cultural and touristic hotspot of the city, with a high concentration of café patios and a unique row of historical buildings that are a protected cityscape .
To get to the Graslei and Korenlei, you can take public transportation, such as buses or trams, that stop near the Korenmarkt or Sint-Michielsbrug. You can also walk from the city center or other nearby landmarks, such as the Saint Bavo’s Cathedral or the Belfry of Ghent. If you are driving, you can park your car at one of the nearby parking lots, such as Vrijdagmarkt or Sint-Michiels.
What to see on the Graslei and Korenlei include the beautiful façades of the historical buildings that date back to the Middle Ages, such as the Guild House of the Free Sailors, the old corn store (Spijker), the tollhouse (Tolhuisje), and the Cooremetershuys. You can also admire the lovely Grasbrug bridge that connects the two quays and offers a panoramic view of the river and the city. You can also enjoy a drink or a meal at one of the many cafés or restaurants that line up along the quays .
Some tips for visiting the Graslei and Korenlei are to go early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid the crowds and to catch the best light for taking photos. You can also visit during different seasons to see how the quays change their appearance and atmosphere. You can also look for some details on the façades, such as the two gilded swans on the Marriott hotel or the coat of arms of Ghent on some buildings.
Tours of the Graslei and Korenlei are available from various providers, such as boat tours, walking tours, bike tours, or segway tours. You can choose from different themes and durations, depending on your interests and budget. Some tours may include other attractions in Ghent as well. You can book your tour online or at one of the tourist information offices in Ghent.
Prohibitions on the Graslei and Korenlei include littering, vandalism, noise pollution, camping, swimming, fishing, or feeding animals. You should respect the environment and the heritage of this site and follow the rules and regulations that apply to public spaces in Ghent. You should also be mindful of other visitors and locals who share this space with you.