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Gravensteen, Ghent

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Must see · Castle · History Museum
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Modeled after crusaders' castles, Gravensteen 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 represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Ghent trip itinerary planner to plot your vacation.
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  • This castle was great, except that it was almost entirely empty. There was nothing anywhere, except people. And some weird artwork. And a good armoury if you like that sort of thing. Great for... 
    This castle was great, except that it was almost entirely empty. There was nothing anywhere, except people. And some weird artwork. And a good armoury if you like that sort of thing. Great for...  more »
  • Just the quintessential castle experience - picture-perfect castle look literally right on the river. The castle's condition is impressive and our only trepidation was the "comedy" audio tour that... 
    Just the quintessential castle experience - picture-perfect castle look literally right on the river. The castle's condition is impressive and our only trepidation was the "comedy" audio tour that...  more »
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  • The castle is a must visit when you're in Gent.. The city view from above is captivating.. Reserve your ticket online to avoid the tickets line. If you have a stroller, get ready that you will have to leave it by the gate and carry your child along the castle.. The Audio Guide there is one of the best audio guides i ever listened to!! The story is very well written and told.. Overall, i enjoyed my visit very much.
  • I had the opportunity to visit this mystery castle around walking and in a boat and the experience was fabulous. I could not do the interior of the Castle tour and the torture museum but the exterior tour was totally majestic. All the surrounding areas was very clean and in good condition.

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