Ghent has two locations where graffiti is allowed: the ‘Keizersviaduct’ (near ‘het Keizerspark’ (Check the Keizerpark article) and the graffiti alley in the ‘Werregarenstraat’. Last one forms the corridor between the Hoogpoort and the Onderstraat.
Every time I cross this venue, art works have changed. Although some works are maybe from less quality, there are always some nice pieces to behold. If you’re in the neighbourhood, you should definitely pass by!
But I also like this place for another reason. If you walk through the alley, you’ll see – a bit unexpected – a nice garden. And guess what, it’s open for public! The building where the garden belongs to, ‘het Hof van Ryhove’, dates already from mid 12th century. Over the centuries it has had several functions, going from a dungeon for catholic bishops during the Calvinistic regime to even a house of pleasure! Nowadays it houses several public services of Ghent.
The garden contains several tables and benches and is pretty cozy. If you’re in need of a quiet place to relax, to read a book or even to study, I must say this is one fine spot!
Graffiti alley & medieval garden | Art & culture, Relaxing | Free
Werregarenstraat & Onderstraat 22
Garden Mon – Fri 09:00 – 17:00 | Alley 24 hours daily