Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Ypres

In Flanders Fields

No museum gives a more balanced yet moving and user-friendly introduction to WWI history. It’s a multi-sensory experience combining soundscapes, videos, well-chosen exhibits and interactive learning stations at whic…
Historic Building in Ypres

Lakenhalle

Dominating the Grote Markt, the enormous reconstructed Lakenhalle is one of Belgium’s most impressive buildings. Its 70m-high belfry has the vague appearance of a medieval Big Ben. The original version was completed…
Museum in Ypres

Musée de la Rubanerie

Nearby on the Belgian side, the unexpectedly fascinating museum celebrates Comines’ economic mainstay since 1719, the ribbon-making industry. On weekends, passionately knowledgeable museum staff set the antique mach…
Memorial in Ypres

Last Post

At 8pm daily, traffic through the Menin Gate is halted while buglers sound the Last Post in remembrance of the WWI dead, a moving tradition started in 1928. Every evening the scene is different, possibly accompanied…
Memorial in Ypres

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 54,896 'lost' British and Commonwealth WWI troops whose bodies w…
Gallery in Ypres

Stedelijk Museum

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

Park Bellewaerde

High-adrenaline amusement park behind the Crater Museum. This could be the place to give the kids a break from WWI graveyards. Online discounts.
Museum in Ypres

Onderwijsmuseum

The history of Flemish education is presented in the large former St-Niklaas church, including some entertaining exhibits on sex education.
Chapel in Ypres

Belle Almshouse

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

Ramparts Cemetery

One of Ypres most attractive military graveyards.