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Geeraard de Duivelsteen (The Castle of Gerald the Devil)

Geraard de Duivelstraat 1, Ghent 9000, Belgium
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This is worth a visit but Gravensteen is much better. This castle can only be viewed from the... read more

Reviewed 21 February 2017
Bolton, United Kingdom
Interesting outside, but it was closed for visits

We made a day trip from Bruges to Ghent, and unfortunately the castle wasn't open that day. Judging... read more

Reviewed 25 January 2017
Andre A
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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“fairy tale” (2 reviews)
“madhouse” (2 reviews)
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Geraard de Duivelstraat 1, Ghent 9000, Belgium

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Reviewed 21 February 2017

This is worth a visit but Gravensteen is much better. This castle can only be viewed from the outside as it is not open to the public, but it's grand size and white stone walls make for some good photos.

Thank jordanellie41
Reviewed 25 January 2017

We made a day trip from Bruges to Ghent, and unfortunately the castle wasn't open that day. Judging for the exterior, it was a shame...

Thank Andre A
Reviewed 21 October 2016

Very well located, walking distance from the Ghent Square or the Michaels Bridge... Fairy-tale like castle structures. Open to visitors at a cost! But worth it. By entering the gate you enter a different world, welcomed by a Soldier in the traditional warriors dress, who...More

Thank SincereSoldier
Reviewed 11 June 2016

People sure were tortured in the most awful ways. But the building is still quite awesome even though it has a history of bring a madhouse prison. Not for the weak of heart there are a lot of winding narrow staircases to traverse at the...More

Thank Marcia L
Reviewed 11 April 2016

Geeraard de Duivelsteen also referred to as the Castle of Gerald the Devil is a 13th century fortification located on the canal just past St. Bavo's Cathedral. It is one of several fairy-tale like castle structures you can see in Ghent. Unfortunately, it seems it...More

Thank BradJill
Reviewed 21 May 2014

A beautiful,very well preserved old castle,situated on the bank of a channel.Unfortunately,it can't be visited,or at least that was the situation when I visited Ghent.

Thank zuv
Reviewed 20 December 2013 via mobile

Situated near our hotel is this beautiful building with masses of history. Once a castle and also a prison madhouse and a fire station. Would have loved to have a peek inside but all locked up. Nice to see on the way to the grand...More

Thank jezz c
Reviewed 16 August 2013

Though the castle was not open for touring, it was worth walking the extra block from the other major buildings of Ghent to see it from the outside. We also saw it from the water on a canal boat ride which gave an added perspective...More

Thank LotsaTraveling
Reviewed 2 August 2012

In a city walk showing a friend around Ghent it is always nice to show this beautiful more hidden building. It lies literally in the shadow of the famous 3 towers but it is certainly worth while to extend your walk for about 5 minutes,...More

3  Thank Lies M
Reviewed 31 July 2012

Not as nice as the Gravensteen, but still worth a passage when visiting Ghent. You can only see the exteriors, which give a nice image of a medieval castle-house.

Thank Geographtraveller
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