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The Counts' Castle: an amazing fortress

Medieval splendour in the heart of the city

The Castle of the Counts was once the pride of the Counts of Flanders. Do come in and plunge into the past!

More about this tour

The Castle of the Counts is the only medieval fortress left in Flanders! Be fascinated by its architecture and feel like a knight on top of the master tower! Our guide will tell you all about its past, which at some point served as a prison, barracks, court of justice and even as a textile factory. Inside the master tower you will find impressive halls. The former banqueting hall is now the Museum of Weapons. A unique collection of crossbows, swords, armour, daggers … In a former cellar underneath the count's private living quarters you can discover all kinds of torture devices.

Practical information
  • The Castle of the Counts is not accessible for people with reduced mobility. Exept for the inner courtyard. 
  • Opening hours and entrance fees: https://historischehuizen.stad.gent/en/castle-counts
  • The visit must be requested by the Gentse Gidsen at least 21 days in advance
Meeting point Tourist Information Center, Veerleplein
Point of arrival
Languages Dutch, French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Swedish, West-Vlaams, Gents
Price from € 95
Duration 2 h