Welcome to Diksmuide


Its resurrected Grote Markt (main square) offers a compact array of attractive traditionally styled buildings and a romantic city hall: it's hard to believe that almost everything in sight was rebuilt in the 20th century. West of the main square, there's a pretty little river port behind which stands the striking IJzertoren; it's the town's main attraction.


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$105.30 Cultural & Theme Tours

Flanders World War I Battlefields Tour from Brussels

Start your day with a pickup from your centrally located Brussels hotel, or alternatively, meet your guide in the center of town. Leave the city by coach and travel southeast toward the town of Vladslo, your first destination of the day! Stop to see the German Military Cemetery of Vladslo, the most important German cemetery from WWI, and as you walk through the hauntingly peaceful area, look out for the Käthe Kollwitz sculptures Grieving Parents – a heartrending portrayal of how the war impacted people at a personal level. Continue to the small city of Diksmuide to visit the Trench of Death, a stretch of the Western Front (the trench lines from Belgium to the Alps) that now serves as a symbol of Belgium’s heroism and resistance. See the impressive Gate of Peace (IJser Gate) and Yser Tower (IJzertoren), and then leave the city, passing alongside the Peace Mill and the Canadian Monument in St Julien.Stop in Passchendaele, and see how this once chaotic battlefield has turned into a sleepily tranquil town. Sit down for a hearty ploughman's lunch in a local restaurant, and then travel to Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery, where some 35,000 soldiers from the Commonwealth forces are laid at rest. The sheer amount of graves puts the tragic scale of WWI into a semblance of perspective. Walk around and learn about the significance of this dignified site for nations around the world, not just the Commonwealth countries.Head to the Essex Farm Field Hospital next and see the impeccably preserved bunkers where John McCrae penned his famous poem In Flanders’ Fields. Hear how the soldiers were treated in the bunkers’ narrow, darkened corridors and then visit the In Flanders’ Fields Museum to learn the story of WWI in the Flanders region from an audio-guided tour. Entry to the museum is included, but you will be required to pay for a poppy as you go inside. This payment goes toward a war veterans charity.Visit Hill 60 – home to a series of strategically significant tunnels– and then travel to Ypres for some free time for dinner (own expense). In the early evening, meet your guide to attend the Last Post Ceremony at Ypres’ Menin Gate. Taking place daily, the ceremony is a simple, yet moving, tribute to the bravery of those who died defending their town. At the end of the ceremony, return to your coach and drive back to Brussels. Your tour finishes in central Brussels around 10pm.

$89.92 Cultural & Theme Tours

Flanders World War I Battlefields Tour from Bruges

Leave central Bruges by coach and travel southwest toward the town of Vladslo, your day’s first destination! Stop to see the German Military Cemetery of Vladslo, the most important German cemetery from WWI, and as you walk through the hauntingly peaceful area, look out for the Käthe Kollwitz sculptures Grieving Parents – a heartrending portrayal of how the war impacted people at a personal level. Continue to the small city of Diksmuide to visit the Trench of Death, a stretch of the Western Front (the trench lines from Belgium to the Alps) that now serves as a symbol of Belgium’s heroism and resistance. See the impressive Gate of Peace (IJser Gate) and Yser Tower (IJzertoren), and then leave the city, passing alongside the Peace Mill and the Canadian Monument in St Julien.Stop in Passchendaele, and see how this once chaotic battlefield has turned into a sleepily tranquil town. Sit down for a hearty ploughman's lunch in a local restaurant, and then travel to Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery, where some 35,000 soldiers from the Commonwealth forces are laid at rest. The sheer amount of graves puts the tragic scale of WWI into a semblance of perspective. Walk around and learn about the significance of this dignified site for nations around the world, not just the Commonwealth countries.Head to the Essex Farm Field Hospital next and see the impeccably preserved bunkers where John McCrae penned his famous poem In Flanders’ Field. Hear how the soldiers were treated in the bunkers’ narrow, darkened corridors and then visit the In Flanders’ Field Museum to learn the story of WWI in the Flanders region from an audio-guided tour. Entry to the museum is included, but you will be required to pay for a poppy as you go inside. This payment goes toward a war veterans charity.Visit Hill 60 – home to a series of strategically significant tunnels– and then travel to Ypres for some free time for dinner (own expense). In the early evening, meet your guide to attend the Last Post Ceremony at Ypres’ Menin Gate. Taking place daily, the ceremony is a simple, yet moving, tribute to the bravery of those who died defending their town. At the end of the ceremony, return to your coach and drive back to Bruges. Your tour finishes in central Bruges around 9pm.

$185.35 Private & Custom Tours

Brussels to Flanders and Ypres Private WWI Battlefields Tour

Depart from your centrally located Brussels hotel in a climate-controlled private vehicle and listen as your guide sets the historical scene for this Viator Exclusive tour. Hear fascinating facts and figures about one of the world’s most destructive wars as you travel through Ghent towards Flanders Fields. Stop first in the town of Diksmuide to see the destructive ‘Trench of Death.’ Before arriving there, you will cross first the famous Railway Dike and stop at Our Ladies' Corner, so that you can realize how important the flooding, organized by the Belgian Army, was. In St. Julien, the monument to the Canadian Forces venerates the victims of the first Gas attack in 1915. Continue your visit at Essex Farm, where John Mc Crae wrote his renown poem ‘In Flanders Fields’. Then visit the Tyne Cot cemetery (the biggest Commonwealth Military Cemetery in the world). Here 13.000 men lay at rest, and there is also the wall of 35.000 names of men who are still "missing". The terrible battles, known as the 3rd battle of Ypres or of Passchendaele, have made so many victims from both sides. You can visit the Memorial Museum Passendaele 1917 (not included), and make a small visit to Polygone Wood and cemetery (some 2000 headstones).Via Wijtschate, you will arrive at the famous Pool of Peace, the biggest mine crater filled of water in Flanders. Continue to Messines - with the monument for the Christmas Truce, and drive down the hill to have a fantastic view on both the Irish tower and the New-Zealand memorial, built where once the German trenches were. You will make a stop at the Irish peace park and your visit there will end in Ploegsteert, with stops at the Memorial to the Missing, the Commemoration Plaque for Winston Churchill and in the fields where the "Christmas Truce" took place in 1914. Back at Ypres at around 6:15pm, you will have some free time for dinner (not included) and at 8pm precisely, you will attend the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial, where 55.000 names of missing military men are mentioned. After the end o the ceremony, your guide will drive you back to Brussels, where you will arrive at approximately 9:30pm.

$301.71 Private & Custom Tours

Tour of Flanders World War I Battlefields from Brussels

In the morning, transfer from Brussels to Ypres, a Flemish city where the German and allied armies fought between 1914 and 1918. On this trip, you will visit some of the remarkable places and battlefields from the Great War. Take a tour by your private car and on foot of Ypres and its surroundings. Some of the biggest military cemeteries of European history are situated here. See the Tyne Cot Cemetery in Zonnebeke, where more than 12,000 soldiers from the Commonwealth are buried and commemorated, and the German cemetery in Vladslo, mostly known because of its remarkable symbolic statue "The Mourning Couple," from Käthe Kollwitz. Here, more than 25,000 soldiers were laid to rest. Afterward, drive to Diksmuide where you will stop for a 3-course lunch. Ater lunch, transfer to Ypres and visit of the historical center of Ypres, seeing Cloth Hall, the Belfry, Market Square, and St. Martin's Cathedral. Reconvene with your guide at a pre-arranged time to witness to soul-stirring Last Post Ceremony at Ypres’ Menin Gate. Absorb the saddening simplicity of the service then return to your vehicle for the drive back to Brussels.

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