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 only open to the public when (irregular) guided tours are being held: contact the tourist office to book a private tour or to find out if one is scheduled that you can join.

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1. Museum Godshuis Belle

0.08 MILES

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

2. Lakenhalle

0.18 MILES

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

3. Ramparts

0.19 MILES

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4. In Flanders Fields Museum


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5. St-Maarten en St-Niklasskerk

0.23 MILES

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

6. Gateway to Ypres

0.24 MILES

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7. Stedelijk Museum

0.26 MILES

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

8. Menin Gate

0.27 MILES

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…