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Gravensteen Castle (Castle of the Counts) Tours

Gravensteen Castle (Castle of the Counts)
One of Belgium’s best-preserved medieval fortresses, Gravensteen Castle (also known as the Castle of the Counts) boasts thick stone walls, crenellated towers, and a history laced with intrigue and torture. Today, the landmark is a historical gem in the heart of Ghent; stop by to learn its often dark history firsthand.

The Basics
With origins dating to the ninth century, Gravensteen Castle’s current building is circa 1180, when it was commissioned by Phillip of Alsace. Used for centuries as a residence for the Counts of Flanders, the castle was later used as a prison (complete with torture chambers), a courthouse, and a cotton mill in the 19th century. Visit today to see the restored castle, featuring displays of armor, torture devices, and other historical objects—a living example of Ghent’s rich history.

Gravensteen Castle features on numerous sightseeing tours of Ghent, from architecture-themed tours and full-day trips from neighboring cities to private VIP excursions. Given its central location, it’s also possible to explore the castle independently.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Owing to its historical architecture, Gravensteen Castle is not accessible to wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility.
  • Audio and video guides, which include humorous narration and storytelling by local comedian Wouter Deprez, are included with ticket purchase.
  • The on-site gift shop includes a range of books and gift items to appeal to kids and adults.

How to Get There
Gravensteen Castle is located in the heart of Ghent. To get there via public transportation, take tram 1 and 4 to Graventseen, or use bus lines Nos. 3, 17, 18, 38 or 39. Given the castle’s central location, it can also be reached on foot, by bike, or by car.

When to Get There
Gravensteen Castle is open daily from mid-morning to evening, with last tickets issued one hour prior to closing. The landmark is closed every year on December 24, 25, and 31, as well as on January 1.

Other Must-See Ghent Landmarks
Gravensteen Castle isn’t the only historical showstopper in Ghent. Continue your explorations to other nearby highlights. Visit St. Bavo’s Cathedral, which dates to the 13th century, to see its soaring tower and the Ghent Altarpiece. You can also admire Ghent Belfry (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and its adjoining Cloth Hall, the history city square of Korenmarkt, and other picturesque, history-saturated attractions.
Address: Sint-Veerleplein 11, Ghent 9000, Belgium
Admission: Varies
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Belgian Hidden Architectural Gem

Belgian Hidden Architectural Gem

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Ghent is the hidden gem of Belgium, it is a true city with vivid life today. It’s history is rich and that is -obviously- reflected in the Architecture. From a stone castle in the 900s we start a tour til we finish right of Belgium Silicon Valley (the alternative name of Ghent). This tour is dedicated to enrich your knowledge of European architecture and history through the rise and fall of the Holy Roman Empire on the hands of Ghent’s most famous person: Emperor Charles V. He was born in the Counts of Flandre castle to rule Europe at that time.
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Private Tour to Belgian Architecture Gem: Ghent

Private Tour to Belgian Architecture Gem: Ghent

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Ghent is the hidden gem of Belgium; it is a real city with vivid life today. Its history is precious, and that is -obviously- reflected in the Architecture. From a stone castle in the 900s, we start a tour until we finish the right of Belgium Silicon Valley (the alternative name of Ghent). This tour is dedicated to enriching your knowledge of European architecture and history through the rise and fall of the Holy Roman Empire on the hands of Ghent’s most famous person: Emperor Charles V. He was born in the Counts of Flandre castle to rule Europe at that time.
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Running + Dancing = Rancing Ghent

Running + Dancing = Rancing Ghent

Rancing is a really fun way to explore a new place. You run (or walk) to get from A to B, but at a very gentle pace and you make different dance stops. The dance is freestyle, but your guide can show some moves if you like. Dance breaks also allow you to get some facts of Ghent and give you a chance to ask questions. We love to dress up and recommend guests to do the same as it contributes to the good vibes :) Everyone is welcome! ***IMPORTANT*** -Please check availability before you book. -Min. 2 people -Private tours possible. -Bookings shall be made min. 48 hours in advance. -For last minute bookings, please get in touch. -Tours are never the same. The landmarks pointed out are examples only and we will finish at a different location than the starting point.
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Discover historical + authentic Ghent & taste world-famous Belgian chocolate

Discover historical + authentic Ghent & taste world-famous Belgian chocolate

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Come with me for a walk through the city center of Ghent and discover some interesting places. We stroll through interesting buildings - young and old - such as St. Bavo's Cathedral where the world famous Lamb of God is kept, the belfry with its dragon, the old port that was built in the Middle Ages, and so much more ... We discover the enormous tradition of 'the Burgundian way of life' with a large number of Flemish specialties such as the enormous range of beers, chocolate and of course the Belgian waffles!
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Tasting Belgian beer on water with our beer game - recommended for big groups

Tasting Belgian beer on water with our beer game - recommended for big groups

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This experience is for groups, recommended for 10 persons. With BeerSecret, we take you on an extraordinary interactive beer tasting journey on water. A local, passionated beer lady expert will take you on a boat, let you enjoying the most beautiful views of the city. During this tour, we’ll spoil you with some delicious Belgian beers, while telling you about the hidden secrets of the fascinating beer world. A young and spontaneous spirit will challenge the group with a unique collection of questions. Who’s the true zythologist among you? This tour is available in English, Dutch or French. Choose your language when booking.
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Walking Food Tour in Ghent

Walking Food Tour in Ghent

Our walking food tour in Ghent is unique because we offer a combination of sightseeing in and outside the city centre and some good food and drink tasters. These tasters are traditional Ghent and Belgian specialities, but also include some international dishes. After all, Ghent is multicultural, which also reflects in the city's eateries, created by people who also made Ghent their home. We support local, small businesses and get you in touch with the locals who are happy to share their story as well. This tour shall include all your senses. See the sights and the food, feel and smell the food before you eat it and listen to your guide's stories. Our groups are small to keep it safe and to give you the best possible experience. IMPORTANT Please let us know about any allergies/intolerances you have before you book. We will let you know then if this tour is suitable. Bring comfy walking shoes and dress for the weather. Also bring a face mask. You need to walk at least 5 km.
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Small-Group Food Tour in Ghent by Bike

Small-Group Food Tour in Ghent by Bike

Our cycling food tour in Ghent is unique because we offer a combination of sightseeing in and outside the city centre and some good food and drink tasters. We walk in the city centre and cycle outside to some areas that you would not reach as a tourist otherwise. Tasters are traditional Ghent and Belgian specialities, but also include some international dishes. We support local, small businesses and get you in touch with the locals who are happy to share their story as well. This tour shall include all your senses. See the sights and the food, feel and smell the food before you eat it and listen to your guide's stories. Our groups are small to keep it safe and to give you the best possible experience. IMPORTANT Please let us know about any allergies/intolerances you have before you book. We will let you know then if this tour is suitable. Bring comfy walking shoes and dress for the weather. Also bring a face mask. You need to walk and cycle at least 5 km.
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Vegan Food Tour in Ghent

Vegan Food Tour in Ghent

Our vegan food tour in Ghent is unique because it is the very first one of its kind in Ghent. Moreover, we offer a combination of sightseeing in and outside the city centre and include some good vegan food and drink tasters. We also support local, small plant-based businesses and get you in touch with the locals who are happy to share their story as well. This tour shall include all your senses. See the sights and the food, feel and smell the food before you eat it and listen to your guide's stories. Our groups are small to keep it safe and to give you the best possible experience. IMPORTANT Please let us know about any allergies/intolerances you have before you book. We will let you know then if this tour is suitable. Bring comfy walking shoes and dress for the weather. Also bring a face mask (and hand gel if possible). You need to be able to walk at least 5 km.
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Ghent Walking Tour with Lunch

Ghent Walking Tour with Lunch

Our walking tour with lunch in Ghent is unique because we offer a combination of sightseeing in and outside the city centre and a nice lunch. Lunches can be traditional Belgian specialities, but also include some international dishes. We look at the food, but also the history of a place and the interior to make it all equally appealing. This tour shall include all your senses. See the sights and the food, feel and smell the food before you eat it and listen to your guide's stories. Our groups are small to keep it safe and to give you the best possible experience. You need to walk at least 5 km.
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Ghent Walking Tour

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Our walking tour in Ghent is unique because we offer a combination of traditional sightseeing of the old historic centre as well as some off the beaten track places. These vary and depend on the interest of the group. Examples are street art, beguinages, funky design and so on. If you are curious and wanna know more about the "real" Ghent, you have come to the right place. Our groups are small to keep it safe and to give you the best possible experience. IMPORTANT Bring comfy walking shoes and dress for the weather. Also bring a face mask (and hand gel if possible). You need to be able to walk at least 5 km.
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Ghent Chocolate Tasting Tour

Ghent Chocolate Tasting Tour

Our Ghent chocolate tour is unique because we offer a combination of sightseeing and chocolate in and near the city centre. Imagine anything chocolaty that you have ever dreamt off. You will for sure be on a high when you finish the tour! :) We support local, small businesses and during this tour get you in touch with the locals who are happy to share their story as well. This tour shall include all your senses. See the sights and the chocolate, feel and smell it before you eat and listen to your guide's stories. Our groups are small to keep it safe and to give you the best possible experience. IMPORTANT Please let us know about any allergies/intolerances you have before you book. We will let you know then if this tour is suitable. Bring comfy walking shoes and dress for the weather. Also bring a face mask. You need to walk at least 5 km. This tour will definitely leave you on a high. Make sure to bring some water that you can drink between tastings.
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Small-Group Running and Dancing Tour in Ghent

Small-Group Running and Dancing Tour in Ghent

Our rancing (running and dancing) tour in Ghent is unique because it is the only one of its kind that exists. It combines sightseeing with running/jogging and dancing. Our intention is to create a little private party, where you can enjoy being your craziest self. After all, we ask you to dress up for the occasion. This is a tour that suits families, hen and birthday parties or just something completely different if you really wanna have some fun. Don't be afraid and embrace your beautiful self. Yes, you do get people asking what's happening, but in 99 % of the cases, you will put a smile on their face. So what's not to like huh? :) Please note that it is important that you can run/ jog or walk 5 km. We do stop when you need a break, take a sip of water or want to take photos. Let's get this party started.
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Small-Group Running Tour in Ghent

Small-Group Running Tour in Ghent

Our running tour in Ghent is unique because we offer a combination of sightseeing in and outside the city centre and sports whilst you are on holiday. Our groups are small to keep it safe and to give you the best possible experience. You need to run at least 4 km.
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Full-Day Private Highlights and Hidden Gems of Ghent Tour

Full-Day Private Highlights and Hidden Gems of Ghent Tour

Ghent is both a historic gem rich in history and architecture and a vibrant, innovating student city. This tour is for those that want to get to know these many diverse sides. The tour covers both the highlights and many hidden gems. Medieval history and architecture with castles, belfry, churches, guild halls, abbeys and merchants’ and patricians’ houses. Repurposed industrial structures and the monumental buildings of the socialist movement from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Picturesque neighbourhoods and photogenic bridges over one of Ghent’s rivers or canals. 13th century beguinages (closed community formerly inhabited by a movement of pious laywomen) and 21st century modern structures. Disappeared abbeys and palaces. University buildings and many students. Ghent has so much to offer and your local guide would love to show it to you!
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Street Art Walking Tour at Gent

Street Art Walking Tour at Gent

Since 2015 the artist is active in the realization of qualitative murals. Especially in Ghent we worked together with artists over the whole world who made a contribution to the city. Join this tour with our experienced tour guide and graffiti artist from the local scene of Ghent and learn the stories behind the artists and how their creations came alive.
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Guided Boat Trip in Ghent

Guided Boat Trip in Ghent

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Cruise the romantic waterways of medieval Ghent on a 40-minute tour and take in the sights along the River Leie waterfront. Glide past the medieval port of Graslei, the old Groot Vleeshuis Butcher’s Hall and the imposing Castle of Counts, and admire the pretty colorful houses along the riverside.
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