War tourism

World War I has definitely left its traces in Flanders Fields. Anyone driving through the landscape can’t help but notice the bunkers, craters and military cemeteries. 12,000 White headstones make the British Tyne Cot Cemetery near Passendale the biggest and most famous one.

Another impressive example is the Lijssenthoek site in Poperinge, where the field hospital of the Ypres Salient was situated. Unique visitor’s centres have been erected near both sites. Apart from British cemeteries, there are also numerous Belgian, French and German ones that are certainly worth visiting. They all commemorate the darkest page in history in their own way.

Besides the cemeteries, there are also several other must-see museums and sites. One example is the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres, which tells the entire tale of the Great War. Another is the Menin Gate, which was built in memory of the 54,900 British soldiers that fell during World War I and were never found again. In Poperinge you can visit Talbot House, where the general emphasis is not so much on the political and military side of the story, but rather on life behind the lines.