Poperinge Travel Guide

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Poperinge Things to Do

  • The most famous Belgian astronaut

    The most famous Belgian astronaut Poperinge people are very proud that one of their inhabitants was the first astronaut of the Kingdom of Belgium: Dirk Frimout"spicy"detail: to my knowledge he is the only one. But hey! I'm not expert.! His birthplace is good located: You have first the Hops Museum and café annex then in the same building is his...

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  • The most visited place in Poperinge

    Talbot house : Every Man's club It was in 1915 that opens the "meeting center" where the soldiers of all ranks can come blow a little and forget for a time if possible the atrocities from the trenches. Its name is due to Gilbert Talbot, officer died during the conflict, the son of an Anglican Bishop of Winchester.It was in this house that the...

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  • Sint John Church

    Sint John Church Located in a quiet environment, this remarkable building has impressed me with its dimentions. It is under a basilica that was built in 1290-1310. During its history the church underwent many changes and improvements. The most important were performed after a miracle occurred (1479). In 1566 came the beggars degraded frescoes and...

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  • H. Trinity from Gerard Seghers

    H. Trinity from Gerard Seghers The Holy Trinity is a work from the first quarter of 17th century and from the hand of Gerard Seghers (1591-1651 student Pieter Paul Rubbens) The imaging in this time is simple: The dove, the young man with the cross and God the Father with the world in his hands ... painted almost 400 years ago.. ---oooOOOooo--- La...

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  • My favorite church in Poperinge

    My favorite church in Poperinge Church of Our Lady : If architecture have nothing spectacular, it is especially its inside that moved me. Furniture and paintings have particulary attracted my attention. Indeed, some have nothing to envy to the best museums: there is even a masterpiece from the hand of Gerard Seghers, pupil of the famous Pieter...

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  • Lijsenthoek need YOUR help !

    Lijsenthoek need YOUR help ! If souvenirs are important collective memory too! The Visitor Centre site displays photos of deceased soldiers that families were willing to send .In case you would also have photos, letters and memories, the association asks you to share your stories or memories with the passing visitors. ---oooOOOooo--- Si les...

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  • No hops, no beer!

    No hops, no beer! Hops, essential in the manufacture of beer ingredient, is uncommon in Belgium. Only three regions cultivate the plant. Poperinge, the principal, has made it his specialty.If you take the car, bike or even if you walk in the surrounding countryside, you will not miss seeing strange constructions of wooden poles, inclined amounting...

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  • Sint Bertinus (main) church.

    Sint Bertinus (main) church. Of "hallenkerk" type, it replaces the Romanic church which preceded it since 1150. The latter had already flambé in 1419 and again destroyed the sacking of the city by the British in 1436 in their struggle with Philip the Good. If all looks good, it is especially inside that'll charm you. Notice the massive tower...

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  • The lacemaker

    the lacemaker In the early 1900s the image of a child labor was common. In this neighborhood it (near Weeuwhof) there were many practicing bobbin lace to help with household expenses. This long offered the opportunity to speak during a long time (gossip we say). That is why the little street neighbor has been Babbelaarstraete called (translated...

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  • Weeuwhof = widows garden

    Weeuwhof = widows garden The widows garden (local name Weeuwhoh translation) is an oasis of tranquility just a few steps from the main square. It is in 1769 that the canon Proventier takes the initiative to build this set of 18 small houses (some in mind béguinages) around a central garden. Only for single women or widows over the 70's, the...

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  • Shot for the example

    Shot for the example In Flanders region, more precisely on the front line of "Westhoek" is 69 executions took place. The graves of those convicted is found in 23 cemeteries around the battlefield.During the "Great War" the british army condemn 3080 of his soldiers to death, 346 will be executed, the rest will go to jail. The reasons were:...

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  • Awaiting death

    Awaiting death A page with a black border of the "Great War" Cruelty in the trenches sometimes had "perverse" effects. Some soldiers had seen mantling they refused to fight or even fled the trenches. Arrested, they were imprisoned and went to court martial. The verdict most of the time: execution squad at dawn. Two cells were kept on the ground...

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  • Before taking breath of fresh air

    Café Den Hertog Located a little away from main roads, 7 km from Poperinge but near the "Lijssenthoek Cemetery." It is a quiet place, or it is good to pause.In a small house flanked by a large terrace surrounded by greenery. The owner, great traveler himself, can help you learn about the region.The hotel is very old. During the Great War (WWI) it...

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  • Some great local dishes

    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...

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Poperinge Transportation

  • You have the choise

    You have the choise If you come by car Poperinge on a Sunday no problem: parking is free.But-if you go against on the Saturday or a day of the week, you will not forget to put a few coins in the a meter park. A default you will receive a fine. Controls are regular. ---oooOOOooo--- Si vous venez à Poperinge en voiture un dimanche aucun soucis le...

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  • great way to get to poperinge from uk

    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...

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    Also on Sunday

    If you miss something on Sunday morning, or if you want to organize a picnic and you are missing ingredients, no problems. In general, in Belgium there is always the stores open on Sunday (morning)

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    S'il vous manque quelque chose le Dimanche matin , ou si vous voulez organiser un picnic et qu'il vous manque les ingrédients, pas de problèmes . En général, en Belgique il y a toujours des magasins ouvert le Dimanche (matin)

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    What to buy: All you can eat and drink ... and much more

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    Tout ce que vous pouvez manger et boire ...et bien plus

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Poperinge Local Customs

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    Master Ghybe

    The statue (created in 2005 by L. Gheus) is packed with symbols and traces the concurrency in the cloth trade.
    Origin: in 1342, Poperinge seen weaving prohibited. It was then that the city turns to the production and harvesting of hops.
    The three cities are symbolized by the small figure sitting to Ghent, Bruges and Ypres all located in the County of Flanders.
    Flanders is symbolized by the donkey as poorly governed at the time.
    Stone in front of master Ghybe symbolizes obstinate spirit (headstrong = nickname of the inhabitants of Poperinge)

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    La statue (créée en 2005 par L. de Gheus ) est bourrée de symboles et retrace la concurence dans le commerce du drap .
    Origine: en 1342, Poperinge se voit interdite de tissage. C'est alors que la ville se tourne vers la production et la récolte du houblon.
    Les trois cités symbolisé par le petit personnage assis à l'envers : Gand, Bruges et Ypres toutes situées dans le comté de Flandres .
    Les Flandres symbolisé par l'âne car mal gouverné à l'époque.
    La pierre devant maître Ghybe symbolise l'esprit têtu (entêtés = surnom des habitants de Poperinge)

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Poperinge Warnings and Dangers

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    100 years ould & still dangerous !

    Although the phenomenon is not as widespread as here to Ypres, the dangers are real.
    If you walk in the countryside you can meet artillery shells waiting to be harvested by deminers.
    Do not touch it! Supervise children because many bombs, even after 100 years spent underground, remain dangerous. As you see on the picture.

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    Même si le phénomène n'est ici pas aussi répandu que vers Ypres , les dangers sont bien réels.
    Si vous vous baladez dans la campagne vous pourrez rencontrer des obus en attente d'être récoltés par les démineurs.
    N'y touchez pas ! Surveillez les enfants car nombreuses sont les bombes, même après 100 ans passés sous terre, restent dangereuses. As you see on the picture.

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Poperinge Off The Beaten Path

  • Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery

    Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery The case dates back to the First World War. Many wounded on both sides of the belligerents were wounded and needs urgent care! Allies sought a suitable location and close to the railway found. Between 1915 and 1920 it is estimated that more than 300,000 wounded passed through this hospital campaign. 3% lost their...

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  • Birth house of Dirk Frimont

    Dirk Frimont was the first belgian astronaut. He was born in Poperinge on march 21th 1941, in this house in the Gasthuisstraat. He was in the Atlantis in 1992.

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  • Brewery Van Eecke

    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.

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Poperinge Sports & Outdoors

  • No bike, no problem : rent one.

    No bike, no problem : rent one. Poperinge area is particularly well suited to cycling. Variety of tracks invites you to explore the countryside.If you have not brought your two-wheeler with you, you can pretty much rent one. ---oooOOOooo--- La région de Poperinge se prête particulièrement bien à la pratique du vélo. De nombreux circuits vous...

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  • Flemish countryside

    Flemish countryside Reningelst is located 7 km south-east of Poperinge. Beside the church: a parking, a military cemetery, a café and a B & B. It is also the departure of two hiking trails, one is 7km while the other makes 10 km. It is the last one that we chose a Sunday of January. Although we did wel taking our walking boots as waterlogged roads...

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  • Keikoppen (stoneheads)

    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...

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  • Poperinge and the war

    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,...

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