Ypres is a city with a very rich and varied past. During the Middle Ages Ypres was a flourishing trading centre. In those days Ypres was one of the main Flemish cloth centres next to Br
uges and Ghent. During the First World War the charming town was reduced to a heap of rubble. Ypres was almost entirely destroyed by four years of senseless violence. The citizens of Ypres rebuilt their city with respect for the past.
We welcome you every day in the Visitors Centre for Ypres and the Westhoek, located in the western wing of the Cloth Hall. There you will discover the many assets of Ypres, Flanders Fields and French Flanders, over the border. We have a large museumshop and museumcafé. Here you make the ideal start for a journey through Ypres and the region.
1 In Flanders Fields Museum
This war museum is located in one of the most beautiful buildings of Ieper, namely in the cloth Hall. Recently the museum has undergone a renewal, making it no less than 50% of its capacity. In particular, the first world war is central to the Flanders Field Museum. Objects by means of audiovisual stories, photos and diaries you come much to know if these heavy time in history. There is tried to the topics from different insights.
2 Menin gate
This huge gate is a memorial to the missing British soldiers who died during the first world war. All of their more than fifty four thousand names are under and next to each other on the panels described. Bizarre to know that this is not found or identified soldiers still here and there under the sods of Ypres. Some on cemeteries but some also somewhere in the fields. Because during excavating there ever found someone is still identifiable, sometimes a name is removed from the Menin gate. Every evening at 20.00, a small ceremony conducted under this huge monument.
3 Large Market
On the Ypres market square are impressive structures such as the cloth Hall, the belfry, the courthouse and the Castellan domain. Together they form the Centre of the city. Unlike other major markets of cities, there are not very many terraces. Well there are several restaurants located around where you can eat and some café 's half is still intended to park. Only on Saturdays is the entire market the scene for the weekly market with a wide range of commodities.
4 Cloth Hall
This Gothic style building was originally built between the thirteenth and fourteenth century. Unfortunately, this the terrible battles of Ypres not entirely survived. Nevertheless, it succeeded in restoring it very well. And since 1967 the building radiates its grandeur. Where there used to be mainly acted in sheets, it is now too. The museum ' In Flanders Field ' is in the building. The belfry tower with its seventy meters altitude regularly provides for a beautiful serenade of Ypres-based Tuindaglied.
5 Bellewaerde Park
The town of Ypres has succeeded in a theme park fun to combine with a zoo. This is all found in Bellewaerde Park. When the park opened its doors in 1954 there was not much more than a collection of exotic birds and what GNOME dolls in a park-like setting. Over the years, much has changed. Now today hurtling the attractions with names like Hurican, El Toro, Boomerang and the River Splash white water course with loud screaming passengers you over. Also for the little ones there are countless attraction that a lot less go fast.
6 St. Martin's Church
To the vandenpeerboomplein and the St. Martin square is the former Cathedral of Ypres. Around the year 1254 began with the building and then two centuries later to complete. Around the year 1800 the Cathedral was downgraded to church. Here too, the various battles of Ypres and the first world war left their mark. Fortunately, much of this restored and rebuilt. There are a number of impressive religious works of art to be admired and a beautiful statue of our Lady of Thuyne.
7 Urban Education museum
Just like so many cities nowadays, is also in Ieper a church used for rethinking than religious. In St. Nicholas Church is now the Urban Education museum housed. The museum gives a clear picture of how education in Flanders has evolved from the middle ages. There are even reconstructions of classrooms to be admired from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Especially for children it is funny to see what simple materials there had to be worked in the past.
8 Stedelijk Museum
To the Janseniusstraat in Ypres is the Municipal Museum. With a walk along several paintings, archaeological finds, maps, furniture and silverware you'll get a good picture of the glorious history of the town of Ypres. The decorated piece of the museum can be found in the collection of the Ypres artist Louise De him. The building in which the Stedelijk Museum is located is also not to be missed. This St. Jansgodhuis was about 1270 a place where one founded a foundation for the poor care.
9 Fish market
The nostalgic vending stalls for fish can be found at the fish market. Both the stalls as the square are not big but beautiful. To the adjacent boterstraat is even a gateway to this old market that dates back to the year 1714. Several times already it is restored, but the image of Neptune is always remained. The stalls were manufactured around 1923. The adjacent small toylike toll booth from 1899 was the place for the payment of the purchased fish.
10 Heuvel 60 of Hill 60
During digging for the construction of the former railway track just outside Ypres at Zilbeke there is a sixty meter high Hill, which today is known as Hill 60. In the underground galleries are several battles fought during wars. During these battles, there are also many soldiers died that detonations. Some of them are still deep underground in the area of Hill 60. It is therefore also called cemetery without gravestones. The bunker on the site was built by the Germans and was later rebuilt by the English. The Hill is during the war for a long time has been very popular. From here, it was good to see. Over the years there are a lot of trees grown on.