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Gravensteen Castle

Sint-Veerleplein 11, Ghent, Belgium
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Ranked #7 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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Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Kids loved the visit at the Castle , it was the first thing we did while we were in a Ghent , lovely medieval castle , there is a room with the armory , daggers and swords , another is the torture chamber , chapel , dungeons and a beautiful view from the top of the castle .. A must... More

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Fort Worth, Texas
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Most castles you visit in Europe were lived in by royalty and its decors are just fabulous. That is what set this castle apart. This is a true midevil times castle, rough and tough. Torture rooms with its equipment, the forgotten hole, were they dropped the condemned down over a 100 feet and left to die. This castle will make... More

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Great castle, lots to explore, excellent views over Ghent. Interesting torture chamber and instruments!

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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Loved our look around this castle and the objects on display. The staff were very helpful and friendly and the rooms each have information boards in a number of languages including English.

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Leuven, Belgium
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56 reviews 56 reviews
12 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Visited Gravensteen Castle and from the outside it is a very nice building but I don't want to pay to walk around a few ruins and look at a few historic pictures. Although the kids would probably enjoy seeing the guys dressed up as nights. Nothing wrong with that but not my thing. I looked around the outside and took... More

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72 reviews 72 reviews
13 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Very interesting visit, and good value as there was lots to see. We thought the exhibits were very professionally presented.

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the prairie
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58 reviews 58 reviews
16 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We caught it on a nice day when the tourist load was low. The castle is amazing but the displays inside are really fabulous. From armor to swords to implements of torture this museum has it all. The torture device room was particularly evocative. I didn't realize guillotines were so small. Great views of the town from the ramparts. Here... More

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145 attraction reviews
349 helpful votes 349 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

What a treat to walk around this well-restored castle and the interesting exhibits it houses. The well-marked tour path around the castle and audio guide are quite informative. The torture exhibit was especially captivating, although not easy to stomach for 21st century folk.

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Dallas, Texas
20 reviews 20 reviews
15 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Some reviewer kind of take the "just another castle" approach, but I found this Gravensteen to be uniquely interesting and worthwhile on its own merits. I highly recommend going

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Melbourne, Australia
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65 reviews 65 reviews
25 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Excellent display of mediaeval weapons, armour, torture devices and other bedroom furniture :P Something you shouldnt miss when in Gent. I particularly enjoyed the torture devices with descriptions on how they were used during Gravensteen's history. Got me thinking about my ex-mother in law. A must for mediaeval enthisiasts, S&M devotees... or those with an irritating mother in law.

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