Invading Ypres Belguim next weekend

Discussion in 'Europe' started by kas, Mar 10, 2013.

  1. kas

    kas KAS

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    Off to Ypres next weekend on the xt1200 with me mate(Towing a harley behind me lol) to vist some of the WW1 sites
    Got a rough idea of what we are going to see.
    But if any of you that have been before have some recommended must do's they will be appreciated.
    Staying just outside Leper in the Best Western Flanders hotel
    Any info welcomed.
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  2. IslandMonkey

    IslandMonkey Been here awhile

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    I would say Tyne Cot cemetery is a must; very moving and thought provoking. Also the nightly Last Post service at the Menin Gate, although you probably know that already.

    There is a very good museum in the Cloth Hall in the town centre and the ramparts are very interesting too. I'd say just ride around the area and you'll see many small cemeteries and places of historical and emotive interest.

    Enjoy your trip.
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  3. Karin

    Karin Adventurer

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  4. duibhceK

    duibhceK duibhce Kaelann

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    There are 2 cemeteries that should not be missed.
    Tyne Cot has already been mentioned. The other is the German cemetery in Vladslo. Its understated sadness is at least as impressive as the grandeur of Tyne Cot. Even though the "grieving parents" statue may have been moved inside somewhere for the winter.

    Also, you can visit the "dodengang" (corridor of the dead) near Diksmuide. It is a reproduction of the trenches near the river Yser.
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  5. Chinchillin'

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    Diksmuide is a must see. There, you can visit the profoundly moving de ijzertoren (Google that for best effect) and walk through remains of the actual trenches. The town itself is charming and beautifully situated on the Yser river. I spent the whole of last summer criss-crossing Belgium, clocked 3,000 kilometers, and to this day Diksmuide and de ijzertoren still dwell in my mind.

    Be sure to also visit the new (last summer) exhibits of the In Flanders Fields museum in Ypres.
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