Some of the fiercest fighting of World War I took place in the trenches of Flanders, Belgium. With other WWI sites such as Passchendaele and Tyne Cot Cemetery nearby, Ghent is an ideal base from which to explore the region. Here are some key WWI landmarks to visit from Ghent.
- Visit Gravenstafel, Passchendaele, and Ypres; stop at the Messines (New Zealand) Ridge Memorial; and see where soldiers served on the Western Front in Belgium during the Great War.
- Take a battlefield tour of the Trench of Death at Diksmuide and gain insight into the horrors of trench warfare.
- Stand in honor of the fallen soldiers of the Ypres Salient during the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres.
- Pay your respects at the war graves of Passchendaele, Polygon Wood, or Tyne Cot.
- Discover open craters and reinforced bunkers on the preserved battlefield of Hill 60.