Diksmuide Travel Guide

  • Ijzertoren
    Ijzertoren
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  • Ijzertoren
    Ijzertoren
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  • Trench of Death
    Trench of Death
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Diksmuide Things to Do

  • Sint-Niklaas church

    Behind cityhall is the gothic Sint-Niklaas church. In the picture with cityhall tip the left tower is of the church the right one is the belltower of the cityhall. After the war the church was rebuilt like the first 14th century version, except for the tower which was a 18th century version before the war and was rebuilt like that. In 1940 a...

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  • Beguinage

    The beguinage in Diksmuide dates back to the 13rd century. Untill 1914 when the Great War started and devastated Diksmuide the last beguine left to never return. The Beguinage is rebuilt in old style, as is most of the historical centre of Diksmuide after the war ended in 1918.Today it maintains its social role and houses mentally handicapped...

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  • Loook at me, look at me !

    The peace monument in this town was built in the 1920's. It served as the central point in the area for memories of the great war.It seems that the site got used for nazi rallies and the like during the second world war. This monument was blown up shortly after the end of that war - many say by anti-flemish terrorist groups.The replacement monument...

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  • De Ijzertoren

    The "Yser Tower" in Diksmuide is a symbol of freedom and peace. It's a place to remind us all never ever to allow war again. The Flemish soldiers at the front were led by French speaking Officers and could not understand them. The Flemish were doomed and disadvantaged by the French Officers. The inscription on the Yser Tower, AVV-VVK means "Alles...

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  • Trench of Death

    The trench of death is one of the last remaining trenches in the "westhoek" Flanders from World War I. In 1914, Belgium was almost completely taken by the German army until King Albert I gave the order to maintain the line of defence in Diksmuide. Soldiers continued fighting from the trenches over a period of 4 years. Only on this location 60.000...

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  • Battlefield tours by helicopter

    Heli Promotions is a helicopter company specialized in sightseeing tours, touristic flights, flight trainings and aerial photography. The heliport is situated in Diksmuide and is a perfect operating place to explore the Flanders Fields and the Belgian Coast. A Battlefield tour by helicopter offers a unique way to discover the Flanders Battlefields...

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  • Boat Trips near Ijzertoren

    If you visit the Ijzertoren its close to a bridge where you can book a boat trip, so you can actually do 2 things in one day, or if you are in a group and have already visited the Ijzer before then you can do the boat trip

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  • shopping for momento's

    lots of small things to buy that you can take home as a momento for your holiday, mondays is market day at the market square. At the market you can buy clothes, table cloths, foods, delicios cheese and processed meats. gifts

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  • walking routes

    There are pleanty of scenic routes to walk...please pack in comfortable walking shoes..even the not so fit can enjoy strolling around this lovely village.

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  • Ijzertoren

    This 85 meter high "Ijzer" Tower was built from 1951 to 1965. The slogan "no more war" was added in four languages. They open at 9 and at 10 on Sundays and public holidays.Closed on festive days in December

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  • Trench of death museum

    In 1915 Belgians started digging a trench along the west bank of the river.The Trench of Death near Diksmuide remained the heart of the Belgian resistance until the successful Anglo-Belgian offensive called the Battle of Flanders began on 28 September 1918Visiting the Trench of Death is freeThe Trench of Death is open from 9 am-12:30 pm and 1-5 pm...

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  • Beautiful old homes

    Take a walk around the village and enjoy the history of this lovely small village, lovely old homes and buildings.

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  • 't Dodendang / Trench of Death

    A sobering visit and in contrast to the nearby Ijzer Tower of Peace.Trenches on the side of the canal where Belgian troops ran the gauntlet of snipers and German attacks throughout WW1 after the Belgian Army flooded the polders to stop the German Army's rush to the coast.See website for full details and directions.

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  • IJzertoren, a monument for peace

    Along the IJzer river, just outside Diksmuide you will find the IJzertoren, a huge tower in the form of a cross. In 1952 architect Robert Van Averbeke started to built this monument for peace. It took 13 years to complete the 84 meters high tower.In the IJzertoren there is a 22 story high museum of War and Peace.Every floor has its own theme. The...

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  • De Dolle Brouwers

    After all this culture it is time for a drink......In the village of Esen, now part of Diksmuide, you can find a local brewery: De Dolle Brouwers.Next to visiting the brewery you can also taste and but the beer here. They make: Oerbier - 7.5 %vol. alcohol Arabier - 7 %vol. alcoholBoskeun - special easter beer - 8,9% alcoholStille Nacht - special...

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  • A hero of the war?

    At the Markt you find a statue of general Baron Jacques de Dixmude, leader of the 12th Linieregiment (1914-1918).Generaal Baron Jacques de Dixmude worked for King Leopold II. And went to Congo for him to built a Belgian empire. A controversial period in the history of Belgium.

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  • The church after the war

    Just to give an impression, this is how the church (and the rest of Diksmuide) looked like after four years of heavy fighting in the Great War. (1914-1918)From this rubble they built the city to a jewel in west flanders.

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  • Stadslink

    A 2.9 km long walk leads you along the main sites in Diksmuide. You can follow the copper plates in the street. But it is advisable to get a leaflet at touristinfo. There are 16 infopanel along the route explaining what you see, and telling about the history of Diksmuide.

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  • cityhall

    The first cityhall dates back to 1428. Around 1570 major alterations took place. Between 1875 and 1880 they built a third cityhall in neogotic style. Which was totalled by the first world war. In 1923 when it was rebuilt the architect ( J.Viérin ) used the regional Flemish renaissance style. As a typical mideaeval flemish symbol of city freedom a...

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  • Jette, the fishseller

    Since october 2004 the Fishmarket is the place where you find the statue of Juliette Dekeyrel (1892-1973). Jette was a woman who sold fish in Diksmuide. The bronze statue weighs 250 kg. And it depicts Jette Dekeyrel at the age of 30, next to her is a basket of fish. The statue is made by Patrick Steen.It looks like Tom found a new...

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  • Fishmarket

    The oldest marketsquare in Diksmuide, became too small in the 13th century. The city of Diksmuide was a city along the river IJzer and therefor there was lot of shippingtraffic. The fish was sold here, and in the city you could find many sailorbars.

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  • Grote Markt - Market place

    The city Hall, Belfry and St-Nicolaschurch form a nice trio to depict the city of Diksmuide. The church houses the largest organ of the province and beautiful Stations of the Crusade.

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  • IJzertoren

    The IJzertoren museum is a monument and museum for peace. In this area thousands of Flemish soldiers fell during World War I, partly because they did not understand the orders of their French-speaking officers.The 22-storey tower (84 meter high) tells the story of that war and gives a good impression about daily life on the front.A previous tower...

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  • Beguinage

    The Flemish beguinages belong to Unesco's World Heritage. They were constructed from the 12th to the 14th century as safe places for women (widows and ladies who dedicated their life to God without the nun's promises of poverty).The site isn't very large, but peaceful.

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  • Dodengang - Trench of Death

    This monument reminds the thousands of Flemish soldiers that died in this area during the first World War. The original sand-filled bags have been replaced by concrete bags, but this restoration gives us a real view on how and where our compatriots resisted the German army between 1914 and 1918.A closer look shows the poppies of today - symbol for...

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  • De Dolle Brouwers brewery

    Thankfully not everything is about war in Diksmuide. In Esen, a former village that now is part of Diksmuide, you can find this wonderful brewery De Dolle Brouwers (this means something like 'the mad brewers', mad in the positive meaning of the word), where architect and artist Kris Herteleer makes his splendid beers since 1980, after having made...

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  • Ijzertoren

    Visit the Ijzertoren. This is one of the major historic landmarks of Belgium. It was built near the banks of the river Ijzer, where thousands of Flemish soldiers died during World War One, often because they misunderstood the orders their French-speaking officers gave them. After the war many Flemish people turned their back on the Belgian state,...

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Diksmuide Hotels

  • Hotel Sint Jan

    Bloemmolenkaai 1, Diksmuide, 8600, Belgium

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Best Western Hotel Pax

    Westhoek in the centre of Diksmuide. This is a fairly new hotel. They serve a breakfast included ....

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  • Polderbloem

    Grote Markt 8, Diksmuide, 8600, Belgium

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

Diksmuide Restaurants

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    by nora_south_africa Written May 16, 2009

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    They are open from 8 till late, many restaurants and shops in Diksmuide are not open all day but this one is. Breakfast is served until 11 o clock in the morniing.

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Diksmuide Favorites

  • Market

    At the Markt you can still see that Diksmuide is in a rural area. Farmers sell their goods on saturdays. You can buy potatoes, vegetables or fruit here.

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  • Man in the moon

    ’t Manneke uit de Mane (the man in the moon) is the almanac for Flanders since 1881. The first World War stopped the publishing of the books. And after the war there were not enough people to start again.It took several people and several attempts but eventually it resurfaced. It became very populair and on the marketsquare in Diksmuide you can...

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