The city of Ghent is steeped in history, and no area has more to tell than the setting for the annual Prinsenhof Drum Market. The Prinsenhof, formally known as the Castle of the Counts, was a huge, completely walled complex and the birthplace of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. The building itself fell into disrepair in the 17th century, and over the years the site has been repurposed for many different businesses and events. Once a year, the castle hosts the Prinsenhofrommelmarkt, one of the largest and most popular flea markets in Belgium.
At the Prinsenhof Flea Market there are so many fantastic goods to be had. Since it only takes place once a year, it really feels as if the vendors save their best goods to sell at this flea market. There are wonderful old toys, comic books, china, glassware, record players, vinyl collections, ornaments, furniture, mirrors, artwork, jewelry, woodworking and more.
Vendors at the Prinsenhofrommelmarkt are happy to make a deal, so visitors should be prepared to bargain! There is also plenty of information about the goods on display, so it is always a good idea to strike up a conversation with the stallholders.
The area around the Prinsenhofrommelmarkt is a quiet, little-known gem of Ghent. Beautiful trees line the cobbled streets leading to the water's edge, creating a wonderful place to stroll and take in the historic surroundings. The hustle and bustle of the Prinsenhofrommelmarkt adds to the enjoyment of the area.
The Prinsenhofrommelmarkt is a true celebration of the people of Ghent, with live music, street performers and plenty of local food and drink. It is an event that everyone in the area has marked on their calendar, and visitors should definitely coincide their trip to Ghent with the annual flea. Shoppers are guaranteed to leave with plenty of things they do not need, but will enjoy!
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