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. Arrange your visit to Gravensteen Castle and discover more family-friendly attractions in Ghent using our Ghent vacation generator.
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  • August 17, 2017
    The castle is well preserved. It contains all the regular castle structures like moat, walls, lots of rooms, circular stairs and such. In addition it contains exhibition in which you get to see weapon...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Very nice Castle and impressive restoration. All explanations are in several languages. To do in coming to Ghent.
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  • August 17, 2017
    My family and Ireally enjoyed our visit to this fascinating castle located in the centre of Gent. The displays of medieval weapons and armament was interesting and educational.  more »
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  • June 27, 2017
    Was an interesting visit with some English Translations. I felt they could have put a bit more effort into some of the rooms as some of the numbers as you go round are as simple as 'this room was used for x', been no longer than a sentence or 2. Was still lovely to walk around.
  • June 30, 2017
    The ruins of the castle is majestic. Very authentic structure with a strong heritage to the region. Entry tickets are required for a tour, which is expensive. But the place is beautiful enough without the tour. Conveniently situated at a tram-stop.
  • July 6, 2017
    Amazing place to discover a lot about the history of the place. It was an important place in history. You can see a lot of materials, gear and tools from then.
  • June 4, 2017
    Super interesting, albeit a bit creepy. The history of this place is atrocious, but it's an enlightening experience for those who are curious about said history. The architecture is something to behold, as well. Also, nice views from the top.
  • June 25, 2017
    Beautiful castle with lots of things to see and learn. Lots of steps all around but it's really a great option to visit around town.

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