We visited Gravensteen Castle, also known as the Castle of the Counts, on our first visit to Gent, and I suspect we will return many times with our son, or with any visitors, especially if they have kids. While this attraction is appropriate for any age visitor, what kid can resist a castle? That said, visitors be forewarned: the castle tour includes collections of historical weapons and torture devices, so keep that in mind if you or any of your touring companions need to be shielded from such things!
I’ve linked to the official website for the castle above, so I won’t recount things that you can learn there about the history of the castle or logistics for a visit. I’ll just introduce it by saying that the fortress dates back to the 10th century and has been wonderfully restored. There are permanent collections but also appear to be various events and activities that take place each year, and of course, like any great tourist attraction, a well-stocked gift shop! We enjoyed our visit. Here are some of the highlights:
Kudos to the city of Gent for preserving and restoring this piece of history in the city. It is very well done and an excellent place for tourists to visit and for history to be remembered.