Ieper Travel Guide

  • Lakenhalle
    Lakenhalle
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Ieper Things to Do

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  • Menin Gate

    The Menin Gate is probably the most famous British war memorial from the First World War. It was built in classical style in the form of a Roman triumphal arch around a design by Sir Reginald Blomfield. Previously there was the gate through which the British soldiers marched to the front. In 1927 in Ypres Menin Gate built by the British, official...

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  • Flanders Field Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    If you are very interested in history, this museum will tell you about what happen. Is really recommended to visit this museum Almost 100 years ago, the area around Ypres was the scene of dishes in the Flanders Fields and of the most devastating conflicts in history, now that the last witnesses have died, people, family and relatives to those who...

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  • Tyne Cot Cemetery

    If you are with a car it's easier to get here, Tynecot is outside town of Zonnebeke on the road to Passendale or you can also arrange a day tour from Ypres. Public transport is very easy if you are familiar by public buses, bus from Ypres has a route to Tyne Cot cemetery, HOW TO GET HERE BY BUS: Take a bus (de lijn bus) from Ypres market or at...

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  • St Martins Cathedral & Monastery

    This lovely Cathedral is nice outside and inside. During WW1, it was destroyed, but was rebuilt using many of the original material from the first Cathedral. Spread all over the Cathedral are decorations from different times which survived the destruction. Inside at the back of the Altar, were photo's of the Cathedral in ruins and being rebuilt. I...

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  • Cloth Hall - Lakenhalle

    Lakenhalle is the Flemish Name for the Cloth Hall. The Hall is an astonishing size! When it was built, it was one of the largest commercial buildings of the Middle Ages, where it served as the main market and warehouse for the city's prosperous cloth industry. The original Cloth Hall was built in the 13th century and completed 1304, but was...

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  • Ramparts & Casemates

    Walls & water Ypres is a walled city surrounded by ramparts and ditches. In recent years much effort put into this wonderful heritage values ​​offers visitors and residents many recreational opportunities. It is good to stroll along ditches were giving a little cool during hot days, during the winter solitude (relative) locations...

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Ieper Hotels

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Ieper Restaurants

  • Old Tom

    4 out of 5 stars

    We read about Old Tom in the Market Square in Ieper and were chuffed to find it easily. We didn't stay long however. The place smelt greasy and they didn't have any mussels. After a quite enjoyable beer our party of six left. There are better place in Ieper.

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  • Den Anker, Restaurant.

    This restaurant on the Grote Markt is located close to the Lakenhallen and Stadhuis with its nice floral decoration. It’s a house in the typical Flemish style with a large terrace where you can eat and drink. I found the inside decoration not so fine. I choose the restaurant because it serves "paling in het groen - anguilles au vert" (eel) which I...

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  • Cyper Restaurant/ Bistro/Tea room

    All the restaurants close to the arcades in Grote Markt were very busy, the only vacant seats were in full sun and we did not see a simple lunch menu - all rather expensive main meals. The Cyper was just what we were looking for a simple menu, shaded pavement tables and very nice friendly service. We had excellent cheese and ham omelettes which...

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  • Café Les Halles

    The restaurant looks as a typical Flemish café. Bar in the middle and wooden tables along the walls. The food is no- nonsense, however very tasty. We had steak with mushroom cream sauce and fries and a mixed salad.

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  • De Leet

    I stumbled across this little hide out while walking about town.....I walked into the restaurant and discovered the display as soon as I entered ....The items from the display could be cooked up in a few minutes behind the counter...I looked and decided to try something that looked kind of good...I wasn't sure what most of it in fact was..some...

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  • Cafe "Gossip"

    This tiny cafe is found across the street from Saint Martinus and Cathedral....they sell chocolate and most importantly they make GREAT Expresso.... The outside cafe is small but has a great views of the street and EVERYTHING that that entails... It was a GREAT place to sit on a sunny day and drink good coffee...and relax for a little while...

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Ieper Nightlife

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  • Pubs

    Little pub right next to the Menin gate, excellent place to blow the froth of the top of some excellent Belgian beers...Staff are very friendly and are quite happy to help with a selection of what beers are available. Love that Leffy Blond Come as you are

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  • A noctornal walk along aluminated...

    In the evening and at night there's a lot to do on the central marketsquare that is surrounded by café's, bars, restaurants and tearooms. For everyone there's something, but if one goes into the nightlife (especially going on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, one should also enjoy the magnificent alumination of the Lakenhal, the Cathedral and...

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Ieper Transportation

  • Train

    Such as any places in Belgium Ypres has a small station. It is for us convenient to take trains to and from Brussels Ypres is very easy to visit by train from elsewhere in Belgium, they only have two platform, you'll never miss which train you want to take There are only 1 or two train each hour going in and out. The train station is about 10-15...

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  • Bus & Tours

    To those visiting Ypres without a car and wanting to visit the sights outside the center, there are 3 small shops at "Menenstraat" offer a Battlefield guided tour not far from Menin Gate Is a not a tour agency, if you look at it from the outside is looked like a souvenir shop or a bookstore, you can see by the window or going inside for more info,...

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  • Car & Taxi

    Zillebeke is one of many stops along the "In Flanders Fields" car route. This 82 kilometers long drive through and around Ieper shows all mayor sites that are connected to the fierce battles around here in between 1914 and 1918. It is available through internet on the website of Westtoer as well as in the local tourist informations.

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Ieper Shopping

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  • Chain Store

    Ypres hasn't that much of a shopping street. "Boterstraat" which are the main shopping streets in town, and "Menenstraat" where the fancy boutiques are. And a little bit more shops in "Rijselsestraat"Besides, the shopping street in Ypres center. Nowadays, everyone can also shop this Mall. It is outside town but is doable on foot. You will find...

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  • December

    The Ieper Christmas Market, together with the ice rink has become a very popular attraction every winter.Annually, usually from the beginning of December to the beginning of January, the ice-rink usually finishes a week later.Tuesday to Thursday: 3:00 pm to 7:30 pmFriday: 3:00 pm to 10:00 pmSaturday: 10:00 am to 10:00 pmSunday: 3:00 pm to 7:30...

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  • CHOCOLATE.....

    This is a charming small store that is family run and has been in business for more than a hundred years...it was founded in 1891 and rebuilt on the "Grote Markt" in Ieper after the First World War.Carl was running the store when I popped in...after I had SAMPLED some of the product, made some purchases, and asked if he minded if I take some...

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Ieper Local Customs

  • Last Post

    The tradition of the final bugle call of the day signalling the end of the soldier's day dates back to the 17th century in the British Army. After the officer on duty had inspected the final sentry post, the bugle call of "Last Post" was sounded. This was the final warning that everyone should be back in their billets. The "Last Post" bugle call...

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  • Poppies

    The sight of the poppies on the battlefield at Ypres in 1915 moved Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, of the Canadian forces, to write a poem starting with: In Flanders’ Fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, … He died in the last year of the war and never new the impact his poem caused. An American woman, Moina Michael started...

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  • Cat Parade

    Cat haters must love the Kattenfestival which has it's origins in the 12th century when they would throw live cats from the Cloth Hall belfry, hope they hadn't cashed in on all of their 9 lives yet! Cats were thought to be evil spirits, I do too sometimes when they are hacking up hairballs on my carpet, and this ritual continued until the...

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Ieper Warnings and Dangers

  • HEADS UP....NO LATE NIGHT BUS...

    I found this out the hard way also...the Public Bus system stop early....The last buses leave the town core and the Train Station at approximately 7:30 PM...so if you might need later transport this is a consideration...YOU"LL need to use "Taxi Leo".....the taxi company I used for a few trips in or out from where I was staying...I walked a few...

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  • PUBLIC PHONES.......PHONE CARDS ONLY : O...

    Phone cards required if you might be using a public telephone in Ieper..although honestly I don't know how large an issue this is because I didn't notice any other public phones while walking about Ieper.I found out within 15 minutes of my arrival....on Easter Sunday evening...when I arrived via the train and I found out I needed to call a taxi for...

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  • Unexploded Ordinance....

    Andre drove us to a place along a road where there was a pile of unexploded ordinance...artillery shells mostly...just recently left there by a farmer likely plowing for the Spring planting season...Every month there are still plowed up from the fields unexploded and rusted shells used by both sides during the War....as well as the remains of...

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Ieper What to Pack

  • Major & Mrs Holt's "Ypres Salient" book...

    Waterproof Jacket and hat! If you are interested in the four WW1 battles and want to visit Ypres/Ieper and the Salient, a "must have" is Major & Mrs Holt's Ypres Salient book (isbn 0 85052 551 9). It's about £15 but worth it and it comes with a map marked with all the "sights"

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  • Shoes

    Good walking shoes are so important. Its cobblestones, cobblestones and cobblestones. Everywhere.Of course you are in Belgium and wet weather gear maybe needed. Bring plenty of film, or memory cards for the digital.

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Ieper Off The Beaten Path

  • WW I related

    If you are travelling by car from the French ports towards Ypres, this cemetery is an extremely interesting place to stop, 12kms southwest of Poperinge. It is at the location of the Remy Sidings casualty clearing hospital, where the badly injured soldiers arriving by railway from Ypres would have their first opportunity to find surgeons, operating...

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  • Outside Ieper

    Grab yourself a bicycle at the train station in Ieper...The surrounding countryside is beautiful and perfect for a ride exploring War Memorials or just to change up your pace of life for a day or two...and get yourself out into the countryside... There are many towns within kilometers of each other...you would be hard pressed to find yourself...

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  • Inside Ieper

    The Lakenhalle is a masterpiece of reconstruction, as is all of central historical Ieper. It is almost impossible to 'see the join' between what was left after the town was almost obliterated and what has been rebuilt. But if you look carefully at the lower layers of the Lakenhalle, you can see. Some of the original stones, slightly coarser and...

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  • History of Ieper

    A folder was passed down to my brother and I from my father and in turn from his father, Col. Ernest Edward Gawthorn, OBE. Col Gawthorn served with the Royal Engineers and was based for some time at Weisbaden in the British occupied Rhineland, Germany, in post World War One. He was within the Postal Division of the Royal Engineers. He joined the...

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  • War Memorials/Military Cemeteries

    The Commonwealth War Graves Commission maintains over a million war graves as well as hundreds of memorials honouring the 750,000 war dead who have no known grave. An important task of the CWGC is to keep the inscriptions on headstones and memorials legible. The commission has set criteria for the legibility: the inscriptions should be legible at a...

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  • Menin Gate

    The Menin Gate is a Memorial and record of the more than 54 000 men that lost they're lives in the Ieper Salient up to 1917 and have NO KNOWN burial location. Those that were lost after 1917 and have NO KNOWN burial location,approximately 12000, are listed on the Memorial at Tynne Cott Cemetery.In addition to these two memorials the men of New...

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Comments (3)

  • breughel's Profile Photo
    Feb 9, 2014 at 3:28 AM

    Centenary commemoration of WW I.

    On the morning of 4 August 1914 the German army invaded Belgium. Mid October 1914 started the First battle of Ypres/Ieper .

    Some of you might have persons in their family who fought in WW I on the Flanders Battle Fields.
    It would be appreciated if you could write a few lines to remember them on this VT Ieper page.
    Please write your reviews, if possible with a photo, under IEPER - FAVORITES - HISTORY of IEPER
    (NOT under Things to Do).

    • leics's Profile Photo
      Feb 9, 2014 at 4:08 AM

      Done. No photo at the moment, will see what I can find.

  • breughel's Profile Photo
    Dec 19, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    To-day David Cameron and Enda Kenny visited Ieper and surroundings to pay respects to British and Irish soldiers ahead of the WW1 Centenary in 1914.

  • breughel's Profile Photo
    Nov 11, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    Prince Philip with a large British delegation came on this Armistice Day (11/11/2013) in Ypres/Ieper to receive seventy sandbags filled with earth from the battlefields and cemeteries around Ypres.
    They are intended for a memorial garden in London.

 
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