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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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  • An amazingly old but beautiful castle. Lots to see with an audio guide to help. Very interesting. Lots of spiral steps and an outside wall walk with a short ‘drop’ so younger children beware! The... 
    An amazingly old but beautiful castle. Lots to see with an audio guide to help. Very interesting. Lots of spiral steps and an outside wall walk with a short ‘drop’ so younger children beware! The...  more »
  • Got lots out of my visit to this castle. Polar opinions on the audio guide, personally I enjoyed it although there were some points inappropriate for kids! Many of the rooms are quite empty but the.....  more
    Got lots out of my visit to this castle. Polar opinions on the audio guide, personally I enjoyed it although there were some points inappropriate for kids! Many of the rooms are quite empty but the.....  more »
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  • It's a really nice Castle. Very well restored for visits. The audio guide is a must and very well done but at the end of the tour, the voice was getting on my nerves. There should be a shorter version with just the facts. Stopped listening from point 12 and onward...
  • We loved this experience. Make sure you bring ear phones with a single prong to plug into the small "voice box" that narrates the castle as you go through. The narrator is hilarious. Make sure you have at least 2 hours to complete the tour and see everything. Highly recommend.

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