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.
Info PointGrote Markt 34, 8900 Ieper T: +32 57 23 92 20 Accessible
Top 5 things to do
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.
Tyne Cot Cemetery
This is the largest Commonwealth War Graves Commission military cemetery in continental Europe, with almost 12,000 tombstones.
The most well-known soldiers’ club of the Great War. A brand new tablet application guides the visitor through the museum, garden and house.