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The attractive Belgian city of Ypres (Ieper) is made of stern stuff. During World War I it was the scene of horrendous battles and nearly wiped off the map. Many of its buildings were leveled to the ground, but extensive reconstructions brought them back to their original majesty. Learn about the war’s effect on the area through its museums and memorials and enjoy the city’s medieval character.
Following the war, Belgium rebuilt its historic sites using reparation money from Germany. Study the Renaissance-style buildings that surround Ypres Market Square, including the Three Taverns, three adjacent taverns and cafés that have been serving customers since before the war.
Among the fascinating reconstructions you will see at the square is the Cloth Hall (Lakenhalle). This was an important center for Flemish weaving in the Middle Ages and was completely destroyed during the war.
From the fountain in the center of the plaza, gaze up at the hall’s famous belfry. It soars to a height of 230 feet (70 meters). Go inside to visit the In Flanders Fields Museum, which depicts the devastation of war. Browse photos of the city before and after World War I.
One of the most poignant reminders of the tragedy of war is the Menin Gate Memorial. This huge monument is engraved with the names of many of the Commonwealth soldiers who fought at Ypres and whose graves are unknown. The list runs to more than 50,000.
Like many places in Belgium, Ypres has a love of good food and gastronomy. Try some of the local favorites, such as mussels and fries with mayonnaise. Sample a range of Belgian beers in the bars.
Situated in northwest Belgium, Ypres is near the border with France and easy to reach by road, rail and air from many European destinations. Fly to Lille Airport in France or Ostend-Bruges International Airport and connect by car or bus to the Flanders region. While you are here, join a daily battlefield tour. Visit the trenches, key World War I battlegrounds and memorials.
Located in the heart of Belgian Westhoek, this hotel is steps from Ypres Market Square, In Flanders Fields Museum, and Cloth Hall. Belle Almshouse Museum and St Martin's Cathedral are also within 5 minutes.
Located in the heart of Belgian Westhoek, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ypres Open Golf, Kaaie, and Watermolenbrug. Menin Gate Memorial and Ieperlee Kanaal are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in the heart of Ieper, this hotel is steps from Saint James' Church, Ypres Market Square, and Menin Gate Memorial. Hotel-Museum Arthur Merghelynck and In Flanders Fields Museum are also within 5 minutes.
Situated in Kruiskalsijde, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hooge Crater Museum and Bellewaerde. Sanctuary Wood Museum and Hill 62 Memorial are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Situated in Ieper, this hotel is steps from Hotel-Museum Arthur Merghelynck, Saint James' Church, and Belle Almshouse Museum. Ypres Market Square and In Flanders Fields Museum are also within 5 minutes.
Located in the heart of Belgian Westhoek, this bed & breakfast is within a 5-minute walk of Kaaie and Ypres Market Square. Ypres Town Hall and Watermolenbrug are also within 10 minutes.
Located in the heart of Belgian Westhoek, this bed & breakfast is steps from St. George's Memorial Church and St Martin's Cathedral. Ypres Town Hall and Cloth Hall are also within 5 minutes.
Located in the heart of Ieper, this hotel is steps from Saint James' Church and Hotel-Museum Arthur Merghelynck. Ypres Market Square and Belle Almshouse Museum are also within 5 minutes.