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“A must see while in Ghent” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Gravensteen Castle

Gravensteen Castle
Sint-Veerleplein 11, Ghent, Belgium
09-225-9306
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Ranked #9 of 163 things to do in Ghent
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: The only surviving "castle of the count."
Smithtown, New York
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“A must see while in Ghent”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

My understanding is that the castle was rebuilt in modern times, so not sure how original it is. But it is still very impressive. Not sure how you could go to Ghent and skip this, definitely worth a couple of hours while your exploring the city.

Visited April 2012
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“Number 1 thing we did in Gent.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012 via mobile

The written information on the placards (and guide handout in the room of artifacts) is different than the handset tour included with the ticket. Ensure you get the handset at stop #1 of the tour and watch the movies on it AND read the placards. The movies depict better what life would have been like in each room. Stop #3 requires asking the room guide for a laminated handout to describe (excellently) each display in detail. This castle is a fabulous museum!

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Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
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“Good for a few hours”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

Good value entry fee and decent place to while away a few hours. Brilliant (if a little gruesome) torture instruments display! Lots of steps so be wary if you have any difficulty walking.

Visited November 2012
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“AMAZING”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

Really amazing castle, well conserved, with nice installations and exibitions of medieval weapons and stuff. I really recommended. Really nice place to take pictures and know more about history. It's an old castle, so obviously you will have to climb difficult old stairs and old people might find it difficult.

Visited November 2012
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Lommel, Belgium
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“cool castle”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

If you are some days in Gent this worth to see.
Castle is renovated and in a very good state.

On the rooftop you have a nice view on the city Gent and the story around the caste is very unique...

They have guided tours but you can also walk alone without any problem in this castle.

Visited September 2012
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