After a thorough renovation the Oude Vismijn is now a state-of-the-art congress and meeting venue, in the heart of Ghent's historic city centre.




up to 850 pax

The Oude Vismijn (Ancient Fish Market) stands at the confluence of two waterways. From the late Middle Ages onwards, this was the only place in the city where fish could legally be sold. In the 17th century the jumble of stalls and sheds made way for an elegant market building. Its next-door neighbour was - and still is – medieval Gravensteen castle, the former residence of the mighty Counts of Flanders.

Comprehensive renovation

In 1872 the market building was devastated by fire. Only the monumental Baroque portal remained largely unscathed. It stands to this day, topped by a statue of a trident-bearing Neptune greeting visitors as they enter the intimate courtyard.

After the fire, a new market building was erected in the then-popular neo-Gothic style. It remained in use until the 1960s. Following a period of decay, it was comprehensively renovated. It now houses Ghent’s Tourist Office – and offers state-of-art congress and meeting facilities.

Let's meet in the city

At the Oude Vismijn, you have a choice of four spacious meeting rooms. De Markt is the former market hall. This huge space, which has retained its original cast-iron roof structure, can hold 500 people seated and 850 standing. It is connected to a separate mezzanine and a sky box.

Other rooms hold up to 250 people, depending on whether you are organizing a dinner or a standing reception. Each room offers splendid views on the River Leie, Ghent’s famous Three Towers and the magnificent Graslei, where the city port was located during the Middle Ages. In the summer months, your guests can enjoy their drinks on a sunlit pontoon on the river.

All rooms, including another 6 break-out rooms, offer state-of-the-art facilities and exquisite catering, for which collaboration with local partners is crucial. The catering partners offer a local plantbased alternative. Oude Vismijn also gives your delegates the opportunity to reach the venue in a sustainable way, by electric boats and steps.

Green Key label

The heart of the action

The Oude Vismijn isn’t so much close to a historic city as right in the middle of it. Ghent’s shops, restaurants, cafés and historic monuments are all within walking distance, as are dozens of hotels in every price range. So if you want your visitors to be in the heart of the action, the Oude Vismijn is the place to go.

Located in the city of Ghent

Historical without being provincial, lively without being boisterous. That's the perfect way to describe Ghent. The compact city is the ideal location for your conference, with all the venues and hotels right in the middle of the magnificent historic center.

Practical information


  • By rail: 40 minutes on foot from Gent Sint-Pieters Station
  • By air: 45 minutes by car from Brussels Airport

Technical Info

  • Hybrid conferences possible


up to 850 pax


Sint-Veerleplein 5
9000 Ghent
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