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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  • 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 »
  • Very nice Castle and impressive restoration. All explanations are in several languages. To do in coming to Ghent.
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  • 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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  • Very interesting castle with plenty of information on the history of Ghent, the castle, and medieval torture methods. Half price tickets given to young people (under 27). Great views of the city from the battlements.
  • Lovely castle in the middle of a city center. In good state (not ruined like most of the old castles are)
  • Awesome castle. Make sure to follow the numbers to make sure you see everything. Read all of the things, there's a lot of interesting information.
  • This is a fantastic old castle with a lot to see inside, and really gives you an idea of how harsh life was in the middle ages. There is a museum area with ancient weapons and armour displays, and another area with torture devices. Climbing to the top of the towers gives a great view of the surrounding area. This is not suitable for small children or anyone with restricted mobility. Stairs are dark steep and not always equipped with handrails, and some walkways have considerable drops off the side. But if you are fit and up for a climb, it's worthwhile.
  • More beuatiful inside. the view on the top of this castle is the best. One can see whole city view including Cathedral, belfry, Churches, the canal etc... 10euro (for under 26, 6 euro) might be little bit expansive but worth it.

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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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