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Once an important trading centre, Ypres is a small city in Belgium best known for being at the centre of the First World War in Flanders. Often described as the ‘silent witness of war’, this charming city will move you with preserved war sites and military tributes, while uplifting you with tales of restoration.

You haven't had a true taste of Ypres until you’ve sampled a variety of Belgian chocolates enjoyed with a glass of Belgian beer. The best chocolatiers are in the Market Square, and there are several beer cafes throughout the city. For a quick snack, croque-monsieur (grilled ham and cheese sandwich) is the Ypres favourite.

Menenstraat, Rijselstraat and Boterstraat are the main shopping streets in Ypres, with a good range of stores, restaurants and bars. Don’t leave without visiting a couple of chocolatiers to taste Belgium's famous sweets. The best place to get them is the Market Square, which also hosts the city’s biggest Saturday market.

Must See

In Flanders Fields Museum
Tells the story of the Flanders region during the First World War through interactive exhibits, video projections, sound bytes and more.

Arthur Merghelynck Hotel-Museum
Opened in 1984 by Belgian nobleman Arthur Merghelynck, this lavishly decorated mansion offers an intimate look at the lifestyle of 18th-century nobility.

Market Square
Ypres’ beautifully restored town square is home to several shops and restaurants, as well as a famous Saturday market.

Hill 60
A remarkable war site that has been left unaltered and open to the public.

Front Line Hoogh
Located just outside of Ypres, this site still bears many traces of WW1.

Must Do

Watch buglers sound the Last Post in remembrance of the fallen WW1 soldiers at the Menin Gate Memorial every evening at 8pm.

Visit the sweet-smelling chocolatiers in the Market Square, and pick up a box of Belgian chocolates to take home.

Pay your respects to the fallen soldiers of WW1 at the famous Ramparts Cemetery.

Get a better understanding of the First World War with a guided tour through the Flanders battlefields.