Flanders commemorates the Great War

In 1914, the German army marched through Belgium en route to France, the start of a war that would affect many nations. The majority of the country was occupied. Only the ‘Westhoek’ part of Flanders remained free from occupation, and was part of the Western Front. For 4 years, the region was the site of a hopeless trench war, with countless victims. ‘A lost generation’. 

Now, a century later, the Great War is being commemorated throughout the world. In Flanders, numerous museums, exhibitions and events offer you the opportunity to engage with the history of the war, understand how nations got involved and refl ect on the impact of the First World War for us today, and the message of peace and remembrance for the future.

Map of Flanders displaying Flanders Fields

Info Point

Grote Markt 34, 8900 Ieper T: +32 57 23 92 20

Top 5 things to do

  1. The Menin Gate

    Last Post Ceremony
    Every evening at eight o’clock, a deeply moving ceremony takes place under the vast arch of the Menin Gate in Ypres.

  2. In Flanders Fields Museum
    In Flanders Fields Museum
    Discover the personal stories of ordinary people during WWI and climb the bell tower for an extraordinary view of what was once a completely devastated region.
  3. Tyne Cot Cemetery
    Tyne Cot Cemetery
    This is the largest Commonwealth War Graves Commission military cemetery in continental Europe, with almost 12,000 tombstones.
  4. Talbot House
    Talbot House
    The most well-known soldiers’ club of the Great War. A brand new tablet application guides the visitor through the museum, garden and house.
  5. Vladslo German Military Cemetery
    Vladslo German Military Cemetery
    On display at the cemetery is a moving sculpture, The Grieving Parents, by Käthe Kollwitz, who created it out of personal sorrow and love for her 18-year- old son Peter, who was killed in the war.
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