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  • Address: Sint-Veerleplein 11, Gent, Belgium
  • Hours: Summer (April 1 to October 31) Daily: 10am to 6pm; Winter (November 1 to March 31) Daily: 9am to 5pm; Closed on December 24, 25 and 31 and January 1
  • Admission: General: €8

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Gravensteen Castle

Built by the Count of Flanders in the late 12th century, the dramatic Gravensteen Castle or ‘Castle of the Counts' still looms over the center of Ghent and remains one of Belgium’s most important medieval castles. Used throughout the years as a residence for the Counts, a prison and even a textile plant, the remnants of Gravensteen’s varied history are still visible today.

Still surrounded by part of its medieval moat and encircled by towering ramparts, the castle forms a dramatic backdrop to the concerts and theatrical performances that are held in its grounds throughout the year, but the grand fortress is also a hugely popular tourist attraction in its own right. A tour of Gravensteen takes in the eerie underground dungeons, the castle crypt, the court hall and the enormous banquet hall, but most fascinating is the gruesome Museum of Instruments of Torture, crammed with weaponry, armor and medieval torture devices. 

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Ghent and Bruges Day Trip from Brussels

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Discover medieval history and Belgian mystery on this Ghent and Bruges day trip from Brussels. Explore the historic, UNESCO-listed cities of Ghent and Bruges ...  Read more

Location: Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

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Private Tour: Ghent and Bruges Day Trip from Brussels

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Visit the historical cities of Ghent and Bruges in one day on this must-do private tour from Brussels! With an attentive private guide at your side, explore ...  Read more

Location: Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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