Laarne Castle is a moated castle established in the 11th or 12th century to guard the approaches to Ghent from the sea. It was comprehensively renovated in the 17th century.

Today the castle is partly used as a museum displaying a wonderful collection of tapestries, furniture, weapons and silverware. This beautiful castle is one of the best-preserved fortifications in Flanders.

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Belgium

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Ahmed Aljaizani (10 months ago)
Very nice
Jurgen Gaeremyn (10 months ago)
While not a very big castle, it's very nicely restored and decorated. The historical setting of witch-hunt is very nicely enacted in the take along video guide. Fun challenges for children of all ages. Material is available in English, French and Dutch (don't remember if it was also available in German). Prices are higher than what you would expect in Belgian museums.
Nikmatul 'Azizah (10 months ago)
Another option for castle views in Ghent
Kang Korasak (13 months ago)
Beautiful castle
Bogdan Florescu (15 months ago)
Closed on Sunday, parking in front of the castle, the courtyard has a restaurant, open for takeaways during this pandemic time.
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