Ypres is widely known for its war past. In and around the city you will encounter numerous remnants, with the ‘In Flanders Fields Museum’, the Menin Gate (where each evening at 20:00 hrs the Last Post is played in memory of the casualties) the Saint George Memorial Church and several Ramparts cemeteries being the most important ones. Also in the Ypres surroundings, WWI still is present at Tyne Cot Cemetery in Passendale, the Hill 62 trenches in Zillebeke and the Museum Hooge Crater, also in Zillebeke.
After World War I, Ypres has been rebuilt almost in its entirety. Today, plenty of city sites however still bear witness of the city’s glorious Medieval past, all within walking distance of each other. The Unesco heritage site Lakenhalle (Cloth Hall), the Market Square (the second biggest in Belgium), the grand St Martin’s Cathedral, the Lille Gate, the Sint Jacob’s Church, … Be sure to also take a walk around the city on top of the Vesten (ramparts).
The area around Ypres is perfect for hiking or cycling. At a mere 10 km, you are right at the foot of the Kemmelberg, the heart of the Heuvelland, where plenty of signposted walks take you through the woods, meadows and even past vineyards on the Monteberg’s flanks. Or go and get reenergized at the Provincial Domain de ‘Palingbeek’ or around the Zillebeke and Dikkebus lakes. Cyclists most certainly will be able to put their legs to the test on and around the Westhoek climbs (Rode Berg, Zwarte Berg, Catsberg, Vidaigneberg, …).
Culture, history, sports and relaxation. You can find it all in and around Ypres.