National Hopmuseum

West Flanders

Once the municipal centre for weighing and storing hops, the 19th-century Stadsschaal now houses this distinctively scented museum, where you’ll learn more about hops than you’d ever want to know. The simple attached café serves several local brews; the building was once home to Dirk Frimout, Belgium’s first astronaut.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby West Flanders attractions

1. Talbot House

0.07 MILES

This is an unusually light-hearted WWI attraction. Reverend Philip ‘Tubby’ Clayton set up the Everyman’s Club here in 1915 to offer rest and recreation…

2. Death Cell

0.24 MILES

Though English troops nicknamed it 'Good old Pops', Poperinge had a more sinister side – it was a place of execution for wartime deserters. Hidden behind…

3. Sint-Janskerk

0.39 MILES

The imposing Sint-Janskerk’s ‘miraculous’ little Virgin-and-Child statuette reputedly brought a stillborn child to life in 1479.

4. Abdij Sint-Sixtus

2.85 MILES

The mythical Westvleteren Trappist beer comes from this isolated abbey in Westvleteren village, 7km north of Poperinge; it's reached via a web of tiny…

5. Brouwerij Sint Bernardus

3.77 MILES

Founded in 1946, this brewery in Watou can be visited on guided tours (phone or email ahead, minimum 15 people). Sample its wares in the brasserie. You…

6. Essex Farm CWGC Cemetery


The enduring image of poppies as a symbol of wartime sacrifice comes from the famous poem In Flanders Fields. It was written by Canadian doctor John…

8. St-Maarten en St-Niklasskerk

7.13 MILES

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