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Gravensteen Castle, Ghent

Categories: Castles, History Museums, Museums, Tourist Spots
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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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  • After having visited so many castles in our home country Spain I can only say that it is not the most impressive, the largest or the oldest, but it has its charm. It is perfectly restored and very well organized. Clean rooms, well heated and ordered. The visit is linear without having to get off the site by the uploaded what makes it lighter and avoid crowds. One of the places to visit if going to Ghent
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  • And in fact is so well restored and preserved that it could inhabit. With the canal encircling him, he is very handsome look and if there is desire to enter and feel chills because there is already a Museum of torture instruments to remove the desire to eat.
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  • Probably one of the very best preserved medieval castles ! Maintained is perfect conditions for a safe visit yet still offering the "feeling" and "spirit" of it's history. Fairly well furnished, inclu...  read more »
  • This was a great first castle to visit! There is a museum inside and well worth the ten euros a person if you are interested in learning about medieval times and love panoramic views! The ten euros is worth it for the view alone! You can go to several different areas to see the surrounding city of Ghent. I would highly recommend going to the top if you enjoy views of cities! I also wanted to see this castle because it was featured in The White Queen on BBC.
  • Great place for people who likes architecture and history. You can literally see by the layers of different stones how the castle developed during the centuries. Inside there is armor and tortures museums. Has a beautiful view on the old city from the roof. There is a discount for young people under 25.
  • One of the most important landmarks of the city. Nice view from the highest tower. A bit empty enside but with a lot of info regarding its history, incl. a torture chamber.
  • On approaching this, my wife said it's the most Castle-y castle she's ever seen. It's almost too perfect. Obviously had a perfect full restoration. I can see how this would detract for some people but not for me. It's small so doesn't take long to look round. Quaint and unusual. Probably not suitable for the old or infirm - some narrow steep steps
  • Very beautiful old castle in the centre of Gent. Inside some exhibitions that are quite good, but not as good as for example some castles from France or Germany. It is an old an nice building en really not bad to visit with a nice view from the top over Gent. If you're in Gent just one day - go there for a walk inside the ancienct halls.
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