For centuries the Poperinge area has produced the quality hops required for Belgium’s beer industry. During WWI, Poperinge was just out of German artillery range, and it became a posting and R&R station for Allied soldiers heading to or from the Ypres Salient. English troops, remembering Poperinge for its many entertainments, referred to the town fondly as ‘Pops’.
Today, it's one of the loveliest towns in Flanders Fields, with a pretty townscape and a number of historical WWI-related sites. Poperinge has less of the tourist crush and the heaviness that one can't help but feel when exploring nearby Ypres and the Salient.