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Gravensteen

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The only surviving "castle of the count."
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Sint-Veerleplein 11, Ghent 9000, Belgium
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A must see when visiting Ghent. The castle was built in the 8th century and has been extremely well preserved and looked after. It’s a stunning grey stone construction, surrounded by water on most sides (but not entirely). Go in and get the audio guide,...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Onnanohito184
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This was such a fun stop while exploring Ghent. It only cost €10 and came with a funny, free audio guide. The rooms are relatively bare, but the castle is beautiful. Be sure to go to the underground room with the dragon boat (not a...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank PatrickTenor
Reviewed 3 days ago

Gravensteen was originally built as a castle and being residence of Counts of Flanders in 1180. Subsequently been re-purposed as court, prison and even as cotton factory. Currently as a museum and being the major landmark of the city of Ghent. Nice views of the...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank YTCHENG
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A local friend took us to Gravensteen. Even though he lived in the area, he’d never been. The castle is very accessible - the tour takes you through the whole place from top to bottom. There are excellent views from the top towers. We all...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank KathyA678
Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed exploring this castle and the view from the top was great. We tried the audioguide but quit about halfway through. It was very silly and seemed more for kids.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank srb7181
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great castle to see, you can see nearly all of it. Though the stories in the audio guide can be quite random.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank benstokoe
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is a nice and historical castle. You should visit when you go to Ghent. It is in Ghent city centre.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank legatoo
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was grossed out when I noticed the staff doesn’t clean the audio guide headphones after they are returned. They just go right back on the table. At least provide a sani-wipe optional if you want to wipe the hair grease and dandruff off your...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank valleylily
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fort was closed around during my time of visit (4:00 PM) on Ode Gand festival. Got to know that it is 10th century castle, Looks good from the outside.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank SaiVengatesh
Reviewed 1 week ago

The castle is stunning from the outside, in such good condition it’s hard to comprehend it was built in the 12th century. We loved the audio guide although skipped the room with the top five executions as that was a bit too gruesome for the...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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jadblue
April 6, 2018|
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Response from justynaszlosarczyk | Reviewed this property |
The city center is very accessible. The best option is to leave the car outside of the heart of the town. It is very easy to get to the biggest highlights walking or cycling.
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March 16, 2018|
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Response from lisa8369 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, yes it is included. Worth the trip.
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Ryan B
May 23, 2015|
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Response from Bicyclerepairman | Reviewed this property |
Yes, some parts were closed on our visit in April. But there is still plenty to see.
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