Visit The Gravensteen in Ghent (Belgium)
I studied in Ghent for several years and every year we go to the 10 days of Ghent. And even then, I managed to never visit the Gravensteen; the main attraction of Ghent. So, when we were going to Ghent for the weekend, we had no excuse to not visit the Gravensteen.
The Gravensteen means ‘Castle of the Counts’ and indeed, it owes its existence to the counts of Flanders. It was built in the Middle Ages and has a very turbulent history.
It is the only castle in Flanders with a moat that is still largely intact. You can visit almost the entire castle.
You learn more about the Gravensteen and its history with the audio guide (which is included in the admission). But it is not your ordinary audio guide, it is one with a twist. Forgot about the dull audio guides; the history of the Gravensteen is narrated by Wouter Deprez, a Belgian comedian. And he isn’t shy of using humour while talking about the different inhabitants of the castle throughout the history. And before you know it, you are back where you started.
A visit to the Gravensteen is a must when you are in Ghent. The audio guide makes it even more fun.
Tickets are 10 euro for an adult and 6 euro for people between 19 and 25. Admission for children is free. You can save time by buying your tickets online. Opening hours and other information can be found on the website.
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