In the old days the harbour of Ghent was in the city center at the Graslei (check the Graslei article). Now the harbour is in the north of the city. In the next couple of years an old part of that harbour is going to be transformed into a new city district. A place for young families with lots of green areas.
Some pieces are already finished and promising for the future. For me, the grindbakken are a real must see. Beautiful white in sunny weather, shiny when it’s cloudy. Old grain pits where sand and grain were transported from ship into trucks are transformed into a place to hang out, to party, to relax, to be. I already enjoyed some parties, an exhibition or a lazy Sunday by myself over there. I’m not always into the parks on sunny days, I can enjoy white concrete and nice architecture as well. Graffiti artists can use the white walls as their canvas. The Grindbakken are one of the ‘legal’ spots in the city to be creative with paint.
If I’m in the neighborhood by sunset I also often pass by the Bataviabrug about a 100m away from the grindbakken. The view over the old harbour is amazing.