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Gravensteen Castle

Sint-Veerleplein 11, Ghent, Belgium
09-225-9306
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Ranked #6 of 114 attractions in Ghent
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, History Museums
Description: The only surviving "castle of the count."
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Fabulous exhibits (a lot focused on medieval torture!!!) and great city views from ramparts. Try to go when not wet as can get slippery on stairs and ramparts!

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

This castle looks like every castle should. Wide moat, lots of turrets. Let your imagination run wild. Dungeon to explore to scare the squeamish with medieval instruments of torture.

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London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

A great place to walk around and explore during the day. The castle is well-maintained, has enough nooks and little passageways to explore for hours and a fascinating mini-museum of torture equipment - what more could you ask for?

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Melbourne, Australia
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153 reviews 153 reviews
67 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Make the most of the exterior views Gravensteen Castle, including photo shots from a multitude of angles. For us the interior had nothing new to offer. If you have already viewed a number of European castles, you might be better rewarded by walking around the Castle, taking photos, and then spend the entry fee at one of the many nice... More

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

It was so interesting to see how the castle was rebuilt and the facts about torture in the middle ages. Just a note, there are a lot of stairs, but you can get great pictures of the city.

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Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The castle is worth a visit if you have a spare 45 minutes or so. There's not much in it but it is remarkable for having being rebuilt into its current state a long long time ago and over a period of several years. The exhibition inside gives you an understanding of the size of huge task and you can... More

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Ghent, Belgium
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The castle is a great historic place in Gent. It is incredible that such a castle can exist in a modern city. When you learn about the history of the castle then it is almost a miracle that it is still there as 100 years ago you could not see it anymore as houses we build all around the castle... More

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I am a history teacher so I took lots of pictures of their torture displays - rather gruesome but interesting! I also liked their weapons display too. Make sure that you read the info sheet (they have them in different languages) to get more facts on the weapons. The views from the top of the castle were good and you... More

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Ghent, Belgium
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

If you are a resident of Ghent or a teacher the entrance is free. Visiting this Castle is like a journey back to the history of the Middle Age: how the Lord of Ghent lived at that time and how they treated the prisoners. The stones and style of the building is typical Flemish, something that I dont see the... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I'm probably a bit biased because Gravensteen was the first ever castle I visited, but I found it amazing to wonder within its 12th century walls. It made me feel like a little girl. The insides aren't really furnished and I overheard somebody complaining about that, but the castle is in a good state and feels authentic inside. The castle... More

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