Castle of the Counts

Castle, Historic Site, and Scenic Lookout
Patershol, Gent
  • Popular among locals in Patershol
  • 4sq SUs Belgium
    "1180 by count Philip of Alsace"(3 Tips)
    Robin B.
    "12th century by count Philip of Alsace"(2 Tips)
    Visit Gent
    "Banners floating in the breeze atop the castle walls"(2 Tips)
    Tourist Information Center - Visit Gent
    "... walls in the breeze, a sinister torture room and an impressive armory. Small wonder..."(2 Tips)
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  • Zoetwaterkonijn Berre
    Zoetwaterkonijn BerreDecember 2, 2017
    Very great if you wanna learn about the old times
  • Zoetwaterkonijn Berre
    Zoetwaterkonijn BerreDecember 2, 2017
    It's very old but great if you're here
  • Akgün G.
    Akgün GÜNGÖRENSeptember 20, 2017
    The castle is fascinating from the outside, but there was lack of information. There was a torture part of the castle and you can see the materials which they have used for torturing people.
  • Kevin B.
    Kevin BrenkmanSeptember 16, 2017
    Honestly as boring as can be
  • Tony Martin K.
    Tony Martin KlæboeSeptember 6, 2017
    Very nice place - both for children and adults. The tour takes around 30-60 minutes, depending on how much you choose to read. The top of the castle gives an impressive overview of a beatiful city.
  • Christoffer F.
    Stairs, lots og stairs.
  • Di K.
    Di KadyrovaMay 7, 2017
    It looks better from outside than from inside - not worth spending €10 on the entry ticket
  • Larisa G.
    Larisa GrollemondApril 3, 2017
    Fun self-guided tour of the castle and grounds!
  • Niels D.
    Niels DepoorterNovember 21, 2016
    A must-do if you're about to visit Ghent!
  • Artyom F.
    Artyom FedosovMay 27, 2016
    The ruins of original castle built in XII century lie near.
  • 4sq SUs Belgium
    4sq SUs BelgiumApril 28, 2016
    Built in 1180 by count Philip of Alsace, the "Castle of the Counts" was the seat of the Counts of Flanders until the 14th century.
  • Jolien T.
    Jolien TaghonApril 24, 2016
    Must see in ghent
  • Cenker K.
    Cenker KöseMarch 17, 2016
    Its much more amazing during the sunset time. Take a boat trip and be ready to take insta shots It's is a guarantee to collect 100 likes :)
  • Arno S.
    Arno SonnevilleFebruary 27, 2016
    When you visit Ghent you have to visit this beautiful castle. Nice view at the top and very interesting to discover everything.
  • Ian S.
    Ian SmokeFebruary 18, 2016
    Allways wonderful to visit.A whaa!!! Torture room.. (^.^)
  • Bart V.
    Bart V.L.December 1, 2015
    No longer free for inhabitants of Ghent, except on Sundays from 10am to 1pm.
  • Lincy T.
    Lincy TynckeNovember 29, 2015
    Nice place to visit. You get a good view from Ghent and learn the history in the same time. Especially the torture rooms are worth a visit.
  • Manon M.
    Manon MaesNovember 22, 2015
    Museum, monument, view
  • Hans G.
    Hans GoossensNovember 18, 2015
    The history of ghent !
  • Ben B.
    Ben BOctober 25, 2015
    Must visit! But expensive tickets...
  • Tom D.
    Tom DoesburgAugust 23, 2015
    Go for the view, but it's quite expensive for what you get
  • Josephine
    JosephineAugust 17, 2015
    Definitely worth a visit! Come hour before closing time otherwise you don't get in!
  • Tunke L.
    Tunke LauriksJuly 3, 2015
    Worth the money!
    Yes iT was good time My man furt in belgium ❤️
  • Ioannis P.
    Ioannis PapapetrouApril 13, 2015
    It worth to have a tour in the only castle so big in the center of any town in Europe...
  • Marco A.
    Marco A.April 12, 2015
    A pic with the Lord of Ghent ;-)
  • Jerôme D.
    Jerôme De JongheMarch 30, 2015
    Saaie gids
  • Chris H.
    Chris H.March 9, 2015
    One of the most beautiful castle I've ever seen. The torture expedition isn't 10 € worth. But the whole castle itself is really nice.
  • megan
    meganNovember 30, 2014
    Eh if you've been to other castles in Europe, this won't blow your socks off. If you haven't - nevermind it's amazing!
  • Bart V.
    Bart V.L.September 3, 2014
    This is not the oldest building of Ghent ! What you see is a 19th Century "romantic" reconstruction of the original, of which only ruins were left at that time. Worth a visit nonetheless !
  • Robin B.
    Robin BertelsAugust 18, 2014
    Built in the 12th century by count Philip of Alsace, served as the seat of the Counts of Flanders, a courthouse, a prison and a cotton plant. Nice collection of torture instruments inside.
  • Laurent D.
    Laurent De MaertelaerAugust 15, 2014
    The torture room is big fun!
  • Visit Gent
    Visit GentJuly 18, 2014
    The Castle is included in City Card Gent (so are all the main attractions, museums, a boat trip and use of De Lijn bus & tram) It's a good deal. Available here and at Visit Gent, hotels & De Lijn Read more
  • Visit Gent
    Visit GentJuly 18, 2014
    The Castle of the Counts hosts a Medieval fair in June. Very enchanting for children and the child in you. Vanessa Rombaut wrote about is on the Visit Gent Blog Read more
  • Visit Gent
    Visit GentMarch 20, 2014
    Banners floating in the breeze atop the castle walls, a sinister torture room, gleaming armory... You will have no trouble imagining BBC's prestigious drama series 'The White Queen' come alive.
  • Tourist Information Center - Visit Gent
    Banners floating atop the castle walls in the breeze, a sinister torture room and an impressive armory. Small wonder BBC's 15th century drama series 'The White Queen' was shot here.
  • Robert E.
    Robert EngelenDecember 29, 2013
    Inside you can get an audio/video tour device for free, which provides short videos for each room you will visit. Pay attention to the initial battery percentage, you need a full powered device
  • Simon C.
    Simon ChanDecember 29, 2013
    Beautifully restored medieval castle. Worth a few hours of your time and be sure to check the torture exhibit.
  • Nate M.
    Nate MeltonDecember 19, 2013
    This tour isn't free, but an easy walk through the castle interior, spires, ramparts, & dungeon. There's a room dedicated to the history of torture as well.
  • Visit Gent
    Visit GentOctober 28, 2013
    Ghent’s oldest building is the Castle of the Counts. Nowhere else in the world will you find such a massive castle right in the heart of the city. Go back in time. #visitgent
  • Alfred W.
    Alfred WAugust 27, 2013
    Great, don't miss it
  • Oliver T.
    Oliver TausendAugust 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Impressive guillotine
  • A - M L.
    A - M LAugust 19, 2013
    You can charge your phone in the Cellar.
  • Sam D.
    Sam De ClercqJuly 19, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Fantastic panorama view over city on top.
  • Ebru D.
    Ebru DalgakıranOctober 15, 2012
    The name Gravensteen means "castle of the count". The panorama of Gent can be seen best on the top of the castle.
  • Nii Laryea T.
    Nii Laryea TettehSeptember 15, 2012
    Rich history, soo many things to learn
  •  Deon P.
     Deon ParconJune 28, 2012
    Have your passport ready in the main entrance.. The place is anazing
  • Visit Gent
    Visit GentMarch 27, 2012
    ‘I’ll show them who’s boss’: that’s what Philip of Alsace had in mind. So he had the imposing castle rebuilt (1180).
  • Les Auberges de Jeunesse
    Les Auberges de JeunesseDecember 20, 2011
    Very interesting medieval castle ! Don't miss the torture room :-)
  • Niel V.
    Niel Van HerckAugust 25, 2011
    Hug the knights
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