The St Bernardinus church is a church from the 14th century. The gotic church is located in the city center. The interior dates from the 17th and18th century. Very pretty woodwork in the pulpit (1715). The tower is 40 meters high and holds a carillon, regular played on by Aimé Lombaert, citycarilloneur.more
Try some beer made with the local hop at one of the pubs at the Grote Markt in the center of Poperinge. We had a drink (and a bite to eat) at La Paix. Prices were very reasonable.Try these beers to get the taste of Poperingse Hop:- Poperings Hommelbier- Watous Witbier - Kerelsbier- Kapittel Blond- Couckelaerschen Doedel - Dikke Mathildemore
In 1915 army chaplin Philip Clayton (Tubby) nd Neville Talbot open Every Man's Club, a house where all soldiers are welcome regardless their rank.It is a 'home from home' for over half a million soldiers, aplace where they can forget the horror of the Great War. The house has a church in the attic, where Tubby helds his services. In 1917 they buy...more
In the townhall of Poperinge you can visit (for free) the deathcells and the execution pole used by the british army to execute deserters and cowards. In the Great War (1914-1918), Poperinge was a small piece of free Belgium. The english soldiers took possesion of the town. There was a house to rest for the soldiers. But also the cell of the...more
In an old warehouse called the Stadsschaal, the place where the hop was weighed before selling it, you will now find the National Hop museum. In the building you will see tools used to grow and harvest hop, text panels, photographs and a film illustrating the story of hop through the year(s).Unfortunately the museum is closed untill medio 2006 for...more
On 11 December 1915 the house at number 43 Gasthuisstraat (at that time the street was called by its French name Rue de l'Hopital) opened its doors for the first time, welcoming British soldiers to a new club.The large house was owned by a wealthy brewer, Monsieur Coevoet Camerlynck. In the early summer of 1915 some German shrapnel shells had...more
Traumatised by the violence of the war, a number of British soldiers refused to return to the war afyter have spent their furlough in Poperinge.So they deserted. As a consequence, most of them received the death penalty by execution.2 death cells were restored and the execution pole was put back on the inner court of the Town Hall.Open every day...more
Talbot house was a guest house where British soldiers could escape the war (see previous must see). It's still a British place, kept in the original 1915 style, with the same old furniture. We felt as we were stepping back into time. Nowadays it's still a guest house, but not an ordinary one. Click Toc H to get a full background on Talbot House...more
We only came here once, but we want to try more dishes from the menu next time we're in Poperinge. They have some dishes that are very typical for the area, and the one I had, poached cod with a light beer sauce, was delicious. My wife had another kind of fish, and it was also very good.
The restaurant is not big, but that makes it pleasant and the setting, an 'orangerie', was nice . They have a garden though, so in the summer there's more space probably. After our dinner we went to sit in the bar in front of the building and had another drink.
The people working there are really friendly.
we have just returned from a few days in Poperinge really relaxing town ,great people who are very understanding of the one langauge tourists!my wife and i remarked on the wonderfull square in the center would be full of parking meters during the day and our local idiot drunks at night!.the Belgiums are so far ahead of us in the UK,all the tour guides scornfully describe Belgium as boring.i hope they carry on with that view so that the rest of us can enjoying this wonderful country and its people.thanks to you all in Poperinge. my tip for getting to Belgium is to go on Norfolk Line ferries from Dover to Dunkirk.very reasonable fares (a small car plus two adults cost us 58 pounds!)we stayed at the Belfort hotel in the center and got top class treatment from Bruno and Sabine,thank you.both.if you wanted to take in Brussels as well leave the car in Poperinge and jump on the exellent train service (Brussells is only 100miles away from Poperinge)
There are two breweries in Poperinge: Brewery Van Eecke and Brewery Nevejan.The first one can be visited and they provide the famous "Hommelbier", "Watous Witbier "and abbey beers under the name "Kapittel".Only groups can visit the place on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon and on Saturday morning.A reservation has to be made at the Tourist office.more
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The people from Poperinge are called Keikoppen (stoneheads). The nickname is dating back to may 1341. The cities Ieper, Brugge and Gent had the only right to do trading in cloth. But in Poperinge they ignored that and made there own cloth and sold it. In may 1341 a group of people from Ieper attacked Poperinge. They killed the leader of the people...more
Much in Poperinge reminds of the Great War. It was a period in which the small town grew into a busy city because of all the soldiers passing through to the front.The british soldiers tried to relax here and their shiny example was chapel Tubby (Philip Clayton). He was a witty man. Inside the Talbot house there are several of his sayings on signs,...more