Flanders commemorates the First World War

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Sanctuary Wood Museum

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Sanctuary Wood Museum

At Hill 62, the highest point in Sanctuary Wood (Zillebeke), an impressive Canadian memorial dominates the area. 'Maple Avenue' - the road which now leads you into the trees - once formed part of the Canadian front line. It was the scene of fierce fighting in June 1916, but now offers peaceful views of the spires of Ieper. In the middle of the forest, a privately owned museum with trench remains can be visited. It houses an interesting collection of old war photos on glass plates.

Zillebeke, Hill 62 - Sanctuary Wood Museum
Always open

Hooge Crater Museum

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Hooge Crater Museum

This museum is housed in a restored chapel located where one of the fiercest battles of Ieper was fought and right opposite the ‘Hooge Crater Cemetery'. The private museum is highly recommended because of its life-sizes reconstructions of war scenes, its extensive collection of weapons, equipment and photos. You can also enjoy an impressive ‘trench art' collection in the cafeteria.

Zillebeke, Hooge Crater
Sun, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat (not on Mon)

Bayernwald (Bayern Wood)

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Bayernwald (Bayern Wood)

This unique German site is located between the villages of Wijtschate and Voormezele. The site consists of two mine galleries, a mine shaft, a trench system and five bunkers. It is accessed via a footpath which passes through the restored network of trenches. A series of information panels give details of the events which took place here and explain what life at the front was really like.

Wijtschate, Bayernwald

German Military Cemetery Vladslo

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German Military Cemetery Vladslo

The cemetery was started during the first days of the Battle of the IJzer. After the war, more graves were brought in from other neighbouring burial sites. Now it contains over 25 000 graves. Among them is Peter Kollwitz, the 18 year old son of famous artist Käthe Kollwitz. At the back of the Vladslo-Praetbos cemetery, the “The Mourning Parents” form silent witnesses. She created it out of sorrow and love for her 18 years old son Peter who was killed in the area. In the run-up to the centenary, this site will be connected to the forest where numerous German war relics remain.

Vladslo, Duitse Militaire Begraafplaats
Always open

Menin Gate

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Menin Gate

The Menin Gate is the most famous Commonwealth war memorial in Flanders and perhaps the world. Tens of thousands of soldiers passed through here on their way to the front, many of them never to return. Opened in 1927, the memorial bears the names of 54 896 soldiers who were reported missing in the Ypres Salient between the outbreak of war and 15 August 1917. The Menin Gate was designed in classical style by Sir Reginald Blomfield.

Ieper, Meensepoort Ieper
Always open

German Military Cemetery Hooglede

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German Military Cemetery Hooglede

Hooglede German Military Cemetery is located some six kilometres from the town of Roeselare. It is the smallest of the four German 'concentration' cemeteries and contains about 8 200 burials. The cemetery was first created in 1917. The 'Ehrenhall' (Hall of Honour) was later built with stones from the German pavilion at the 1928 World Exhibition in Paris. On fine days, the panorama of the surrounding countryside is impressive.

Hooglede, Duitse Militaire Begraafplaats Hooglede
Always open

Belgian Military Cemetery De Panne

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Belgian Military Cemetery De Panne

The military cemetery is situated alongside the civil cemetery in De Panne. In total the site contains about 3 370 Belgian war casualties. De Panne is therefore the largest of all Belgian military cemeteries. It was begun by fighting units during the First World War. Later, graves from a number of smaller burial sites in the Westhoek were transferred here.

De Panne, Belgische Militaire Begraafplaats De Panne
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Condemned Cells & shootingspot Poperinge

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Condemned Cells & shootingspot Poperinge

The authentic execution pole, located in the inner courtyard of the town hall, is a painful reminder of the fate which awaited many so-called ‘deserters’ during the Great War. Most of these frightened men were suffering from shell shock. Soldiers, who were sometimes bombarded for days on end, became near senseless and simply did not know what they were doing. Instead of receiving compassion and understanding, a terrifying example was made of them. The condemned men spent their last night in the death cell before being shot at dawn on the courtyard.

Poperinge, Dodencellen & Executieplaats Poperinge
open every day from 09:00 to 18:00

Canadian Memorial, Poelkapelle Langemark

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Canadian Memorial, Poelkapelle Langemark

The Canadian Forces Memorial at Sint-Juliaan was erected in remembrance of the 2 000 dead of the First Canadian Division, who were killed in the fighting which followed the German gas attack of 22 April 1915. It is also known as 'The Brooding Soldier' - a reference to the grieving Canadian warrior, his head bowed in sorrow and his hands resting on the butt of his upturned rifle...

Langemark-Poelkapelle, Vancouver Corner

Belgian Military Cemetery Keiem

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Belgian Military Cemetery Keiem

This cemetery is the last resting place of 590 soldiers, mainly from the 8th and 13th Line Regiments of the Belgian Army. During the Battle of the IJzer (October 1914) an attempt to capture the village of Keiem was repulsed with heavy losses. Many were killed during the confusion of the subsequent retreat to the hamlet of Tervaete, on the other side of the river IJzer.

Keiem, Belgische Militaire Begraafplaats Keiem
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