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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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98 reviews 98 reviews
44 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Is not so often to see a city with a castle in its middle :). Imposing building, nice architecture, will attract you to visit it...and you won't be sorry ! It will take you back in time a few hundred years, will show you a part of the weapons used in that period, and oh, yes, some torture tools and... More

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Hershey, Pennsylvania
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7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

The castle was worth a visit, but some question the authenticity of its reconstruction. There was a small torture museum inside (if you like that stuff) and a panoramic view of Ghent from the roof. Extremely narrow, circular staircases may discourage some.

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Honiton, United Kingdom
18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Well worth a visit. Undergoing restoration at the moment but this doesn't detract. Good displays including a lot of torture instruments and the like (gruesome)

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Prague, Czech Republic
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37 reviews 37 reviews
30 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Castle is just a breathtaking imposing place, very cool to explore, couple weapons on display, few torturing devices. Highly recommended.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Interesting, and unusual to find a castle in the centre of a city. Many of the rooms are pretty-much as they would have been hundreds of years ago. Hasn't changed much since I was first there in 1966! Good views over the city from the battlements.

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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

Though the ramparts at the top of the castle were closed the day I visited, I still had a lovely time wandering through the rooms of this castle. I've visited a few damp and drafty ones in my day, but this one was the most comfortable of any I've hung out in, and the visit was made more enjoyable by... More

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Houston, Texas
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49 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW via mobile

What a sight to see! This castle really takes you back to the old days of knights and Kings. One of the great photo opportunities in Ghent

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Merelbeke, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

It is a fun place to go with children. Winding stairs, beautiful rooms, a spacious rooftop with excellent view, the walls... They can run, admire, pretend. There is a dragon in the basement, in the niche at the back, but he hides most of the times and is rarely seen ;) Careful though: some of the walls are very high... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We traveled to Ghent not knowing anything about the city. The first thing we saw when we got off the bus was this castle! We went to check it out and decided to buy tickets, which were only 6 or 7 euros. The castle was so incredible! It made me go back in time and think about how life was... More

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Home Counties UK
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61 reviews 61 reviews
13 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Castle of the Count and built in 1180 by Philip of Alsace this is a very worthwhile way to spend an hour or two. Collect your personal video tour viewer with your entrance ticket which will cost less if your are a senior as well! Some steep steps inside towers but only those with very poor mobility would struggle.

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