Flanders commemorates the First World War

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Beyond the Great War: 1918-1928

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Beyond the Great War: 1918-1928

After the First World War both Belgium and the rest of the world saw fundamental changes. Society had to come to terms with damage and grief, but at the same time experienced a great revival. Through its exhibition Beyond the Great War: 1918-1928 the War Heritage Institute focuses on several main themes: the final offensive, liberation, the post-war era, geopolitical changes, economic revival, ...

Brussel, Koninklijk Legermuseum (War Heritage Institute)
from 21/09/18 to 22/09/19 Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun from 09:00 to 17:00 (Mon closed)

The Battle of the Yser (Museum aan de IJzer)

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The Battle of the Yser (Museum aan de IJzer)

The bloody fighting around Diksmuide in October 1914 marked a turning point during the First World War. This is where the manoeuvre warfare ended and the front was stuck. This exhibition outlines the run up to the Battle of the Yser, the fighting circumstances and the consequences for the further development of the war.

Diksmuide, Museum aan de IJzer
from 11/10/14 to 11/11/18

Sanctuary Wood Museum

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Sanctuary Wood Museum

At Hill 62, the highest point in Sanctuary Wood (Zillebeke), an impressive Canadian memorial dominates the area. 'Maple Avenue' - the road which now leads you into the trees - once formed part of the Canadian front line. It was the scene of fierce fighting in June 1916, but now offers peaceful views of the spires of Ieper. In the middle of the forest, a privately owned museum with trench remains can be visited. It houses an interesting collection of old war photos on glass plates.

Zillebeke, Hill 62 - Sanctuary Wood Museum
Always open

Hooge Crater Museum

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Hooge Crater Museum

This museum is housed in a restored chapel located where one of the fiercest battles of Ieper was fought and right opposite the ‘Hooge Crater Cemetery'. The private museum is highly recommended because of its life-sizes reconstructions of war scenes, its extensive collection of weapons, equipment and photos. You can also enjoy an impressive ‘trench art' collection in the cafeteria.

Zillebeke, Hooge Crater
Sun, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat (not on Mon)

Bayernwald (Bayern Wood)

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Bayernwald (Bayern Wood)

This unique German site is located between the villages of Wijtschate and Voormezele. The site consists of two mine galleries, a mine shaft, a trench system and five bunkers. It is accessed via a footpath which passes through the restored network of trenches. A series of information panels give details of the events which took place here and explain what life at the front was really like.

Wijtschate, Bayernwald

German Military Cemetery Vladslo

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German Military Cemetery Vladslo

The cemetery was started during the first days of the Battle of the IJzer. After the war, more graves were brought in from other neighbouring burial sites. Now it contains over 25 000 graves. Among them is Peter Kollwitz, the 18 year old son of famous artist Käthe Kollwitz. At the back of the Vladslo-Praetbos cemetery, the “The Mourning Parents” form silent witnesses. She created it out of sorrow and love for her 18 years old son Peter who was killed in the area. In the run-up to the centenary, this site will be connected to the forest where numerous German war relics remain.

Vladslo, Duitse Militaire Begraafplaats
Always open

Menin Gate

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Menin Gate

The Menin Gate is the most famous Commonwealth war memorial in Flanders and perhaps the world. Tens of thousands of soldiers passed through here on their way to the front, many of them never to return. Opened in 1927, the memorial bears the names of 54 896 soldiers who were reported missing in the Ypres Salient between the outbreak of war and 15 August 1917. The Menin Gate was designed in classical style by Sir Reginald Blomfield.

Ieper, Meensepoort Ieper
Always open

Guided tour 'Leuven in flames' - Groote Oorlog

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Guided tour 'Leuven in flames' - Groote Oorlog

During this guided tour you will discover all there is to know about the great fire of Leuven and what happened in the city in the days and weeks that followed. What was it like living in a burned down city that lay in complete ruins? The guide will tell you the story using eye-witness accounts and newspaper articles from the time.

Leuven, Leuven Centrum
By appointment

Polygon Wood Cemetery/Buttes New British Cemetery

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Polygon Wood Cemetery/Buttes New British Cemetery

Polygon Wood is a large wood, which was completely destroyed in the First World War. There you will find a burial ground named ‘Buttes New British Cemetery’ with the ‘New Zealand Memorial’. It commemorates 383 officers and men of the New Zealand Division.

Zonnebeke, Polygon Wood Cemetery/Buttes New British Cemetery
Always open

German Military Cemetery Langemark

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German Military Cemetery Langemark

The sombreness is very much in evidence at the German military cemetery - Deutcher Soldatenfriedhof - in Langemark. However, its powerful simplicity lends a poignant air to this haunting burial ground. Behind the monumental entrance building lie about 44 300 soldiers, half of them in a mass grave. Over 3 000 cadets and student volunteers are among the dead. They were killed in October 1914 during the futile attempts to break though to Ypres. Hence the cemetery is also known as the Studentenfriedhof.

Langemark-Poelkapelle, Duitse Militaire Begraafplaats Langemark
Always open

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