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Gravensteen Castle

Address: Sint-Veerleplein 11, Ghent, Belgium
Phone Number: 09-225-9306
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Ranked #9 of 100 Attractions in Ghent
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, History Museums, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
Owner description: The only surviving "castle of the count."
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Type: Castles, History Museums, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Owner description: The only surviving "castle of the count."

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Melbourne Australia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

This was not what I expected, and I think it was not worth the amount paid for the entrance fee. There is plenty of information available on panels in each section. Some of the views were pretty, and I suppose the instruments of torture in the museum were interesting. It is far prettier looking at the castle from the canal... More 

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Whitehorse, Canada
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 NEW

Large castle! Free reign on tour. Many things to look at and great view! Can't wait to take my children.

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London, United Kingdom
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Unusual to find a castle as well preserved as this in the centre of a decent sized European city. Two world wars have destroyed a lot of these historical buildings, again showing how barbaric we can all be! From the entrance there is a numbered route to follow with lots of information boards explaining each room, its function, history and... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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54 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

On our first evening we saw Gravensteen Castle all lit up at night. The hotel staff said it was a nice, authentic place to visit. We arrived there the next day after seeing some other places, a good 45 minutes before the posted closing time. We were rudely turned away by the staff, who told us we were too late... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I liked the history, but not the torture chamber. Excellent view of Old Ghent. There was construction going on to reinforce some of the walls

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

AbuGrhaib prison from the middleages. Nice castle in the centre of Ghent. Entrence fee 10, kids till 19 free. Realy worth a visit!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

It is mind blowing to realise every stone seen 900+years passed by. Great view from the top. The exhibition is average.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Looks impressive this castle and the view from the ramparts over Ghent is very nice. But is it worth the 10 euro entrance fee ? Don't think so, since most of the building is a reconstruction and the collection of arms and torture instruments are not really related to the Original building. So when with kids, it is nice to... More 

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Oak Ridge
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

I had been to Gravensteen twice before -- usually we do the audio tour, which comes on an itouch with a small movie that weaves a backstory to the castle. Pretty ho-hum. This time the castle was made up for CMas and that was terrific -- very nice displays with a lot to do for kids. It was the first... More 

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Fort Worth, TX
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Not the best castle I have ever visited, but while I liked Ghent a lot, there are not a lot of tourist sites. A couple of churches, one with the famous Ghent alter pieces, the old city architecture and the castle. Worth seeing if you are in the area, but probably not worth a special side trip. A little expensive... More 

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