Castle of the Counts

(Gravensteen)
Castle, Historic Site, and Scenic Lookout
Patershol, Gent
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  • 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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  • Di K.
    It looks better from outside than from inside - not worth spending €10 on the entry ticket
  • Larisa G.
    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!
  • NFES GINITO G.
    Yes iT was good time My man furt in belgium ❤️
    Upvoted Apr 10
  • 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.
  • Mark-Julius P.
    Mark-Julius PikatOctober 25, 2012
    Nice views from the top of the castle!
  • 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
  • Niel V.
    Niel Van HerckAugust 16, 2011
    Torture room!
  • Dieter T.
    Dieter ThijsAugust 2, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Nice torturing tools
  • Vera R.
    Vera RegelbruggeJune 13, 2011
    A medevial castle in the center of town. A great place to visit.
  • bart r.
    bart rosseauJune 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Enjoy THE view on top.
  • Joachim C.
    Joachim CoppensSeptember 21, 2010
    Free entrance if you're from Ghent, just show your passport at the entrance! It's worth a visit.
  • Skander
    SkanderDecember 28, 2016
    Superbe château avec des explications simples et claires.
  • Mario G.
    Mario GonzalezSeptember 20, 2016
    Impresionante
  • A S.
    A SSeptember 11, 2016
    Превосходная экспозиция, позволяющая проходя маршрут получить представление об устройстве средневекового замка. Вход 10 евро.
  • CCV
    CCVJuly 10, 2016
    10€ entrada. Visita recomendable. Muy buena reconstrucción de este castillo sin nada que distorsione.
  • Bruno C.
    Bruno C. FerreiraApril 15, 2016
    Construido no ano 1180, é um castelo medieval muito interessante para se visitar se você estiver em Ghent, na Bélgica. Entrada 10 euros. (2016)
  • Luky L.
    Luky LucianoMarch 20, 2016
    Sehr schöne Burg, muss man gesehen haben.
  • Ufuk Ş.
    Ufuk ŞenliMarch 15, 2016
    Gent gerçekten güzel bir şehir.
  • Cindy A.
    Cindy AlvaradoFebruary 16, 2016
    Muy bonito, 10€ la entrada!
  • Dmitriy R.
    Dmitriy RaudinSeptember 16, 2015
    С самого верха отличный вид на исторический центр. Можно спокойно залезть на проемы в стенах....опасно, но оно того стоит.
  • Mariana F.
    Mariana F.August 26, 2015
    Vale la pena sólo por fuera
  • Joan R.
    Joan Riutort CrespíAugust 3, 2015
    10€ adults i els nins no paguen.
  • Yorick D.
    Yorick DuponApril 19, 2015
    Zeker de moeite om eens binnen te wandelen, is de prijs zeker waard
  • Fleur d.
    Fleur de LysMarch 22, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Als Gentenaar toch één van de gebouwen waar ik het meest trots op ben. Ook's avonds heel mooi verlicht.
  • Cristi T.
    Cristi TudorMarch 5, 2015
    Cica de aici se vede misto orasu'...ca panarama :D
  • Stijn V.
    Stijn Van der BiestMarch 1, 2015
    Checkt af! Juweeltjes van www.prettylittlethings.be in de shop.
  • Wouter R.
    Wouter RoussardNovember 18, 2014
    Prachtige geschiedenis les...
  • Jay L.
    Jay LeeOctober 30, 2014
    800년이 넘은 . 플랑드르 백작의 성이넜다 한다.
  • Marcel P.
    Marcel PrinsOctober 17, 2014
    Educatief en toeristisch
  • Юрий О.
    Юрий О.May 7, 2014
    Замок в отличном состоянии!!!
  • Joachim D.
    Joachim De RoissartMarch 30, 2014
    Gentenaar = gratis :)
  • Oguz F.
    Oguz FeneristFebruary 20, 2014
    Tek kelime ile muhtesem ?
  • Jan E.
    Jan EricssonOctober 6, 2013
    Eine der schönsten Burgen die ich bisher gesehen habe.
  • Sierra Joyeros
    Sierra JoyerosAugust 17, 2013
    al lado de la oficina de turismo
  • Cecilia J.
    Cecilia J.August 15, 2013
    Château visité par hasard et qui m'a laissé quelque peu sceptique... Peut-être à cause de la salle de torture et de ses mannequins bizarres...
  • Françoise R.
    Françoise RubanJuly 24, 2013
    Gratis voor gentenaars een echte must!
  • Jente B.
    Jente BMay 2, 2013
    Voor iedereen tot 18 jaar gratis !
  • Bart L.
    Bart LiekensMarch 2, 2013
    Haal die Belgische vod van dit mooie gebouw! Neem het voorbeeld van andere Vlaamse centrumsteden die dat al wel gedaan hebben. Enkel de Vlaamse leeuw en de stadsvlag horen thuis op dit gebouw!
  • Koen P.
    Koen PhlipsDecember 10, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Zo plezant hier
  • Mirthe M.
    Mirthe MertensJuly 16, 2012
    Gratis voor Gentenaren, dus vergeet uw identiteitskaart niet mee te brengen.
  • Joel C.
    Joel CTPJune 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Je kan in dit prachtig historisch gebouw voor de wet trouwen.
  • Dominique John F.
    De moeite om eens te bezoeken
  • Nick H.
    Nick HollevoetDecember 2, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Kleuter en kids! Bezoek het Gravensteen samen met een schildknaap/gids van ViZiT
  • César C.
    César CarazoNovember 2, 2011
    No vale la pena entrar. La entrada vale 8 € por ver un castillo reconstruido en el s XX y con reproducciones de instrumentos de tortura. Mejor visitad la catedral y el Belford.
  • Vlaanderen Vakantieland
    Je kan aan de kassa ook een interessant boekje aanschaffen over het Gravensteen. Deze is in meerdere talen te verkrijgen en geeft je een kijk in de geschiedenis van het kasteel
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