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The Counts' Castle and surroundings

Medieval splendour at the heart of the city

The Castle of Counts in Ghent was once the pride of the Count of Flanders. Take a leap into the past ... both in the castle itself and in its surroundings.

More about this tour

The Counts’ Castle is the only medieval fortress left in Flanders. Our guide will tell you about the eventful history of the Counts’ Castle which throughout the centuries  served as prison, barracks, court of justice and even as a textile factory. Inside you will find impressive halls, original collections of weapons and torture instruments. Our guide will lead you through “Patershol”, a quarter with a medieval atmosphere and picturesque streets full of cosy restaurants and pubs. Discover the colourful diversity!

Practical information
  • The Castle of the Counts is not suitable for persons with a physical disability, except the inner courtyard
  • Opening hours and entrance fees:
  • The visit must be requested by the Gentse Gidsen at least 21 days in advance
Meeting point Tourist Information Center, Veerleplein (pedestrian area - no coaches)
Point of arrival
Languages Dutch, French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Swedish, West-Vlaams, Gents
Price from € 120
Duration 2 h