Must-see attractions in Ypres

  • Top Choice
    In Flanders Fields Museum

    No museum gives a more balanced yet moving and user-friendly introduction to WWI history. It’s a multisensory experience combining soundscapes, videos,…

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    The Last Post

    Every night at 8pm, traffic through the Menin Gate is halted while buglers sound the Last Post in remembrance of the WWI dead, a moving tradition started…

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    Menin Gate

    A block east of Grote Markt, the famous Menin Gate is a huge stone gateway straddling the main road at the city moat. It's inscribed with the names of 54…

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    Ramparts CWGC Cemetery

    One of Ypres' most attractive military graveyards, this Commonwealth War Graves Commission site is found 1km south of the Grote Markt.

  • Lakenhalle

    Dominating the Grote Markt, the enormous reconstructed Lakenhalle is one of Belgium’s most impressive buildings. Its 70m-high belfry has the vague…

  • Ramparts

    Ypres is unusual in that it has retained extensive sections of its city fortifications. Designed by French military engineer Sébastien Le Prestre de…

  • Merghelynck Museum

    Unrelated to WWI, this museum faithfully reproduces a French manor house dating from 1774 and is filled with period antiques and artworks. The catch: it's…

  • St-Maarten en St-Niklasskerk

    Directly behind the Lakenhalle, this vast church was a cathedral until 1797 and was almost totally destroyed in WWI. Reconstruction has beautifully…

  • Gateway to Ypres

    This excellent visitors centre should be your first port of call if you're a Commonwealth citizen looking for information about a family member who died…

  • Park Bellewaerde

    This grand-scale high-adrenaline amusement park is the perfect place to give the kids a break from the histories of war.

  • Rijselpoort

    This medieval gate marks the entrance to the Ramparts Cemetery.

  • Musée de la Rubanerie

    This unexpectedly fascinating museum celebrates the ribbon-making industry, Comines’ economic mainstay since 1719. On weekends, passionate, knowledgeable…

  • Stedelijk Museum

    This decent little gallery is set in a three-storey 1555 almshouse complex. Exhibitions change regularly but usually feature 19th-century paintings.

  • Museum Godshuis Belle

    A single small chapel room featuring some unexpectedly high-quality medieval art, mostly religious.