Gravensteen, Ghent

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#1 of 253 in Museums in Flanders
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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  • A most surprising castle, lots of local & national history associated with it. The thing that makes it fantastic is the Audio Guide. Best I have ever had. Amusing and informative.  more »
  • On a recent visit to Ghent we spent a couple of hours looking around this medieval castle. There was a wonderful audio guide. the history of the castle was very interesting. The view of Ghent from the...  more »
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  • The castle breathes history and is well preserved. Don't pass on the audio guide, recorded by a local comedian who takes you through the castle in the most hilarious (but informative!) way imaginable. Great fun for kids but arguably more fun for adults. The great view from the towers is a bonus ;)
  • Visit a castle inside Ghent! Located right in the city center. Features an entertaining audio tour with a local comedian doing the narration. Also all labels are well explaining the items on display. Well recommended, not the least for the great view from the top of the castle
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