Attractions

Top Choice Square in Burg, Markt & North Bruges

Markt

The heart of ancient Bruges, the old market square is lined with pavement cafes beneath step-gabled facades. The buildings aren't always quite as medieval as they look, but together they create a fabulous scene; eve…
Top Choice Museum in Ypres

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, well-chosen exhibits and interactive learning stations at which…
Top Choice Gallery in South Bruges

Groeningemuseum

Bruges’ most celebrated art gallery boasts an astonishingly rich collection that's strong in superb Flemish Primitive and Renaissance works, depicting the conspicuous wealth of the city with glittering realistic art…
Top Choice Museum in South Bruges

Museum Sint-Janshospitaal

In the restored chapel of a 12th-century hospital building with superb timber beamwork, this museum shows various torturous-looking medical implements, hospital sedan chairs and a gruesome 1679 painting of an anatom…
Top Choice Historic Building in Burg, Markt & North Bruges

Belfort

Towering 83m above the square like a gigantic medieval rocket is this fabulous 13th-century belfry. There’s relatively little to see inside, but it’s worth the mildly claustrophobic 366-step climb for the fine views…
Top Choice Museum in Poperinge

Talbot House

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 for WWI soldiers regardless of rank. The main 1790 townhouse ha…
Top Choice Cemetery in Ypres Salient

Tyne Cot CWGC Cemetary

Probably the most-visited Salient site, this is the world’s biggest British Commonwealth war cemetery, with 11,956 graves. A huge semicircular wall commemorates another 34,857 lost-in-action soldiers whose names wou…
Top Choice Church in Ostend

St-Petrus-&-Pauluskerk

Ostend’s most striking historical building features beautifully ornate twin spires, a rose window and a gloomy neo-Gothic interior. It was consecrated on August 31 1908, though it appears eons older. It's a massive,…
Top Choice Cemetery in Ypres Salient

Langemark Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof

The Salient's largest German WWI cemetery is smaller than Tyne Cot but arguably more memorable, amid oak trees and trios of squat, mossy crosses. Some 44,000 corpses were grouped together here, up to 10 per granite …
Top Choice Tower in Diksmuide

IJzertoren

The unusual 1950 IJzertoren is built of drab purple-brown brick and topped with power-station-style windows. This colossal 84m-high ‘peace’ tower is at once crushingly ugly and fascinating. It’s set behind the shatt…