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Gravensteen Castle

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Address: Sint-Veerleplein 11, Ghent, Belgium
Phone Number: 09-225-9306
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10:00 am - 5:15 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Description: The only surviving "castle of the count."

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Mideavel castle in the middle of a blooming city

I went here a few days ago with my daughter and we were very pleasantly surprised. The whole castle is renovated and gives of a homely vibe, with fire places and wooden floors.My... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Ghent, Belgium
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Ghent, Belgium
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

I went here a few days ago with my daughter and we were very pleasantly surprised. The whole castle is renovated and gives of a homely vibe, with fire places and wooden floors.My daughter felt like a real princess going through the small stairways to the top veranda, which has a spectacular view of the city around on a sunny... More 

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Rochester, Minnesota
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

This is the typical castle from my childhood images of what a castle would be like. Incredible history and classic looks like it was right out of the movies and storybooks. Horrible torturing and even manufacturing occurred here over its thousand year history.

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The Woodlands, Texas
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115 reviews 115 reviews
56 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Loved this castle. The tour was kinda slow paced and lacking a lot of information. The relics of prison/ torture were very scary but fascinating.

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London, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Interesting on the whole but if you're like me and felt too lazy to climb ghent's bell tower then the views from the castle are definitely worth seeing.

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San Francisco, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I really loved seeing the castle when visiting Ghent on a day trip. I did not go to that many places in Ghent, but I wanted to make sure I saw a real castle. It had a lot of authenticity that was as unique to me as my trips to the arenas of the South of France. It did have... More 

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Ghent, Belgium
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

This is real amazing castle, with a beautiful view on lovely Gent and a museum of some old stuffs, The castle is the only place in Gent that you SHOULD see!

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Gent, België
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Arnulf I (918–965), Count of Flanders, was the first to fortify this place, building a medieval bastion on this high sand dune, naturally protected by the river Leie and its marshy banks. This bastion consisted of a central wooden building and several surrounding buildings, also in wood.n 1907 the restored parts of the Gravensteen were opened to the public. Since... More 

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Tempe, Arizona
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We really enjoyed this castle! We've visited many and were surprised by this one. The free audio/video tour was very lacking - very drawn out scenarios. We toured at our own pace. The torture relics were a highlight.

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North Scituate, Rhode Island
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

This castle is amazing. It is open to the public and it is a self guided tour. You walk through an 11th century castle, complete with an armory and a room exhibit torture devices from that period. It is definitely a must see.

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Hamilton, Canada
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

We loved visiting the castle. The midieval torture museum inside is fantastic and creepy. Since the castle was decorated for Christmas it was strange to see the torture devices and Christmas trees together. Overall it is a must see and a fantastic look into the past. Well preserved and great.

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