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Gravensteen Castle
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Owner description: The only surviving "castle of the count."
Reviewed October 29, 2013

It looks like a classic castle - and the history later revealed it was designed to be exactly that.

The stairs are narrow and steep - although my four-year-old managed them fine. The view of Gent from the top of the castle is great.

There are small information panels in each of the rooms that give their purpose and history in English, so you come away with a sense of what happened in the castle.

The torture instruments exhibition was suitably macabre - although some parents may not their children to see them (ours were too young to understand the significance of what they were looking at).

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Reviewed October 28, 2013

A really unique castle! It's had a lot of restoration work so it's a better tour than many of the other European castles that more closely resemble ruins. It has a modest display of antique items, most of which focus on torture and imprisionment (it's a little macabre and creepy).

From the battlements you get a number of nice views of historic Gent. Crowds were not bad. Takes a hour to two hours at most.

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Reviewed October 21, 2013

Have to visit and see a real medieval castle...climbing difficult for me with mobility issues but I made it and the view of Ghent from the top was worth it!

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Reviewed October 19, 2013

The castle is wonderful, and to be able to walk around the turrets and look out at the City of Gent was a special treat.

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Reviewed October 19, 2013

Medieval castle set right in the middle of town Relatively inexpensive to enter and plenty to see when you're in there. There is an excellent room showinf weaponery and armour with an excellent guide sheet explaining it all. As you climb higher [oxygen would have been welcome] beware of very narrow and windy stairs which take you right to the top of the Castle with views over Gehnt and beyond. The 'Torture' room is not for the squeamish and only goes to remind you of mans inhumanity to man in days gone by. There is a photo montage of the restoration work that has gone on over the last hundred years or so and catalogues the 'before' and 'after' pictures which may not be to the purists liking of retaining things as they were but to give them their due they have done a marvellous job

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