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Gravensteen Castle, Ghent

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Castle History Museum
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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  • As with most of the main places to see in Ghent the castle is easily within walking distance of everything else. There is a numbered visitor tour sequence so you just follow the numbers. In each place...  more »
  • Interesting castle, with good self-guided tour and exhibits explained in several different languages. They specialize in weapons and torture devices... indeed almost every room seemed to have been use...  more »
  • Beautiful and very well maintained Castle and quite surprising in the middle of the city. Very nice to walk around here and the history to read. I missed a printed Guide, which I find personally always very pleasant to wander in the hand by a location. In any room hung a sign, but this info was so sketchy. All in all I found it some against falling for the entrance fee of €10,-p/p. do I have to say that children under 19 for nothing to. The exhibition of torture equipment is funny. I understood that they grow from 2018 to make it all more interactive and you thereby the more. Sounds good wonder.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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One of Belgium's main cities, Ghent offers a good variety of places to stay. Because of its proximity to the capital city of Brussels and the city of Bruges, Ghent has fewer options than one might expect for a city of its size. Locals recommend booking a room in advance. The city has options for travelers on any budget, from inexpensive hostels to pricier hotels, with most visitors choosing to stay within the historical center. Prices drop slightly as you move away from the Old Town.
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