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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I enjoyed this visit simply because it can be done in a matter of 90 minutes and can give its visitor a good idea of what those times were like in terms of live in general and people. Serious... more »
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Incredible fun! The interior of the castle and the exhibits are so beautiful, and the view from the top is truly a sight for sore eyes. A very recommended feature was the audio tour, very entertaining and really brings the castle to life with the stories they tell. Was definitely the highlight of my brussels trip. A must see!
Wonderful castle!!! Gravensteen was one of my favorite parts of visiting Ghent. It's full of rich history and the architecture is beautiful. Take the headphone guided tour...it does not disappoint! It's very informative about Gravensteen in an attention-keeping, yet quite humorous manner. It's narrated by a local comedian who put his own spin on the story making it entertaining for people of all ages. I would visit this castle again if I return to Ghent.
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