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Despite the traditional charms of historic Ypres (or Ieper, in Dutch), the Flemish town remains inextricably linked to its harrowing past, as the site of some of WWI’s most notorious battlefields. Some 300,000 Allied Soldiers lost their lives here during WWI, as three major battles swept along the Ypres Salient and the town itself was completely destroyed. Touring the infamous ‘Flanders Fields’, immortalized in John McCrae’s eponymous war poem, is one of the main reasons for visiting Ypres and a number of poignant war memorials, museums and cemeteries now mark the former battlefields on the outskirts of the modern town. 

Post-war Ypres’ medieval center was rebuilt in its original style and the reconstruction efforts resulted in some strikingly authentic ‘medieval’ architecture. Highlights include the Gothic-style Saint Martin’s cathedral; the Menin Gate, a memorial for the missing British and Commonwealth Soldiers of WWI, which hosts a moving Last Post ceremony each evening; and the UNESCO World Heritage listed Lakenhalle (Cloth Hall), a nod to Ypres’ textile-producing roots, which now houses the In Flanders Fields Museum.

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World War I Battlefields Tour of Flanders from Bruges

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

Explore Flanders’ World War I battlefields on a full-day tour from Bruges, following in the footsteps of soldiers from around the world. With an expert guide ...  Read more

Location: Bruges, Belgium
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $105.23

World War I Battlefields Tour of Flanders from Brussels

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 21 Reviews

Follow the trail of World War I soldiers on this poignant full-day tour of the Flanders battlefields from Brussels. Focusing on the tributes that pepper the ...  Read more

Location: Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $119.26

Viator Exclusive: Private World War I Battlefields Tour of Flanders from Brussels

To mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I, take this profoundly moving private tour of Belgium’s Flanders battlefields from Brussels – a ...  Read more

Location: Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $175.39

Small-Group Day Trip from Paris: Tour of the Ypres Salient WWI Battlefield in Belgian Flanders

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Spend a day discovering the fascinating history of the Ypres Salient, a battlefield in the Belgium Flanders region that saw many battles during World War 1. ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $291.84

World War I Battlefields Tour of Flanders from Ghent

Learn about the tremendous sacrifices of World War I soldiers on this moving and enlightening full-day tour of Belgium's Flanders battlefields from Ghent. See ...  Read more

Location: Ghent, Belgium
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $105.23

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