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The Fortress of Gravensteen

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The Fortress of Gravensteen is a medieval castle in Ghent, Belgium, that dates back to the 12th century. It was built by Count Philip of Alsace, who was inspired by the crusader castles he saw during the Second Crusade. The castle was the residence of the Counts of Flanders until 1353, and then served as a court, prison, mint, and cotton factory. It was restored in the late 19th and early 20th century and is now a museum and a major landmark in the city.

The ticket price for visiting the Fortress of Gravensteen is 12 euros for adults, 9 euros for students and seniors, and free for children under 18.

The Fortress of Gravensteen is open every day from 10 am to 6 pm, except on January 1st and December 25th. You can buy tickets online or at the entrance.

To get to the Fortress of Gravensteen, you can take public transport (tram lines 1 and 4, bus lines 3 and 17) or walk from the city center (about 15 minutes). There is no parking available at the castle, but you can park at one of the nearby public parking lots (Vrijdagmarkt, Sint-Michiels, Ramen).

The Fortress of Gravensteen offers guided tours in several languages (Dutch, French, English, German) for groups of minimum 15 people. You need to book your tour at least two weeks in advance by phone or email. The tour lasts about an hour and costs 75 euros per group (plus the entrance fee).

The Fortress of Gravensteen has many things to see, such as the impressive donjon (main tower), the count’s residence, the chapel, the armory, and the torture chamber. You can also enjoy the panoramic view of the city from the ramparts and walkways. The castle has a permanent exhibition about its history and architecture, as well as temporary exhibitions on various topics.

Some tips for visiting the Fortress of Gravensteen are:

  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothes, as there are many stairs and uneven floors.
  • Bring a flashlight or use your phone’s light if you want to see better in some dark areas.
  • Use the audio guide that is included in your ticket. It tells you a lively story of the castle’s history in English or Dutch.
  • Respect the rules of the castle, such as no smoking, no eating or drinking inside, no touching or climbing on the exhibits, no flash photography or tripod use.

Some prohibitions for visiting the Fortress of Gravensteen are:

  • Do not bring large bags or backpacks inside. You can leave them at the cloakroom near the entrance.
  • Do not bring pets or bicycles inside. You can leave them at the designated areas outside.
  • Do not make noise or disturb other visitors. Be respectful of the historical site and its surroundings.

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