Meet your guide

Kristel Vereecken: Founder Ghent-Authentic : Dutch/English

After working as a lawyer for over 12 years, I took a sabbatical which would change my life forever. I decided to follow my passions in life which are traveling, writing, speaking and creating new ways of thinking on for instance tour guiding, tourism and travel. In the fall of 2010 I set up my own tour guiding business 'Ghent-Authentic' in my hometown Ghent for those who want to discover Ghent in a more personal and above anything inspiring way. 

Besides that, I live to travel. The movement which goes along with intuitive solo travelling is an addictive abundant source of insights and creativity. The same goes for the to me very inspiring places as New York City and Oxford (UK) where I retreat myself a couple of weeks/months a year. They bring out the best in me :)

In 2017 I gave my first TED Talk 'A square meter of soul' at TedxGhent, which has been translated in several languages.

I keep on improving my speaking skills and have a strong passion for the Ghent Altarpiece which became along the way my expertise and inspiration. In 2021 I do a series of inspiring, digital talks about the Ghent Altarpiece of Van Eyck in Belgium as well as abroad.

Marijke Mortier : Dutch/English

Although my professional carreer as a historian lies behind me, history keeps on inspiring me. Not so much the facts and figures of days long time gone, but how history affects the way we live today and defines our culture. How much I love to travel together with my husband all over the world, I gladly come home to give my cute little granddaughter a big hug :)


When I'm not teaching French, I love to tour guide in French as well as in Dutch and Spanish ! The beauty of Ghent keeps on inspiring me. I love to share my passion with people from all over the world. It brings a smile on my face when I see and feel their amazement and awe for Ghent :) 

Joachim Van der Fraenen : Dutch

Despite my busy professional carreer as a youth counselor, I keep on making the time to guide and share my passion for Ghent. Seeing people excited, happy and inspired is what drives me :) 

Kathleen Sempels : Dutch/English

After years living abroad, I touche based again in Ghent. More than that, I am proud to have finished the Ghent guiding programme last year and to share my passion and knowledge about it with you. I'm fond of contemporary architecture, art and hotspots; luckily we have plenty of those ones in Ghent !

Eugène Vanherreweghe : Dutch/English/Italian

I recently became a licensed city guide in Ghent. Before that I guided on the countryside or in nature. I love cities as well as nature and that shows throughout my tour guiding. What I really like about the Ghent Altarpiece ? The flowers and plants on it. Did you know that Van Eyck painted 75 different flowers and plants on the Altarpiece ? When you don't find me in the city, you find me guiding our brand new Latem tour on the splendid countryside around Ghent.

Denise Hendrickx : French/English

Born of a French mother and a Flemish father, I was raised between Ghent and Marseilles. My grandparents gave me the love of history and classical music. And of course I got a degree in History. After a few years in teaching, I choose to turn to the private sector. My language skills opened the doors of international institutions. I traveled a lot and after a number of years spent abroad, I came back to live in Belgium. And I became a guide at Ghent Authentic. I love this job because it allows me to share my love for my city and meetings with people from different backgrounds. Besides guiding, I like to read, cook and watch Games of Thrones.

Nicole Schuddinck : Dutch/French/German