Gravensteen Castle, Ghent

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Modeled after crusaders' castles, Gravensteen Castle dates back to the Middle Ages. Up until the 14th century, the castle acted as the seat of the counts of Flanders, later becoming a courthouse, a prison, and a factory. In 1885, the city of Ghent purchased the castle, saving it from demolition. The city renovated the castle, restoring the walls and dungeon to near-original condition. Inside, visit two museums displaying medieval tools. The arms museum showcases medieval weapons, such as swords, crossbows, and bludgeons. Explore the museum of judicial objects for an exhibit of torture devices, including shackles, a torture wheel, thumb screws, and more disturbing objects. Climb the narrow spiral staircase to the top for a view of Ghent below. A visit to Gravensteen Castle represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Ghent trip itinerary planner to plot your vacation.
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  • I loved this monument and worth the visit! Very nice place with his little piece of island behind the Castle. I recommend.
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  • Fantastic structure in the centre of Ghent. Tourists can access most of it, as well as displays of armour and weaponry, with information available in a number of languages for free.  more »
  • 10 EUR per person, not a bargain, but a 1000 year old Castle wants to be entertained and therefore the price is ok. There are many displayed objects and you have a beautiful glimpse of Ghent. It's worth a visit!
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  • Walk through a medieval castle. It was well worth the reasonable price. Displays were interesting. The signs guide you from beginning to end. Not suggested for people with difficulty climbing stairs as the rooms were accessible only by spiral stone staircases that had me go slowly and holding the rail. Elderly may have a difficult time with this. It took us an hour to complete. Perfect.
  • There are amazing views over the whole town so be sure to climb all the way up to the ramparts on the roof. The castle itself contains brilliant displays of old weaponry and torture devices - it gets pretty graphic! After that get some fresh air - the gardens are nicely looked after and are lovely for a stroll around.
  • Nice to see castle. Well organized path way and interesting war tools inside. Adult 10, under 26 6 euros. It is possible to have a beautiful city view on top of the castle. It is one of the important tourist attraction when you consider the city.
  • This is such a beautiful castle and it’s located in the heart of the city. We didn’t take a look inside but even just seeing it from the outside, it’s gorgeous. I would highly recommend if you’re in the area to at least walk to it and see it from the outside. It’s a sight to see.
  • A lovely castle. The numbered signs making guiding yourself round very easy. Wasn't busy so could spend as long as desired in each section. The information is concise yet informative and in several languages.
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