VISIT FLANDERS FIELDS
100 YEARS ON, STILL SO MUCH TO TAKE IN!
Embark on a journey of remembrance and discovery by visiting Flanders Fields, Belgium, where the events of WWI impacted families across the land and shaped our future as a nation.
This centenary year is the perfect opportunity to take the car and explore the region at your leisure. Walk through trenches, pay respects at cemeteries, hear the stories and admire the memorials for those lost in a struggle that still scars the landscape of Flanders today.
2017 marks the centenary of Passchendaele, the battle that signifies the magnitude of the First World War. There’s a host of exhibitions and events taking place to remember those who fought in this major battle of Flanders Fields. With all of this available, there’s never been a better time to visit and immerse yourself and the next generation in WWI heritage in 2017.
REMEMBER THOSE WHO FELL
A visit to the cemeteries of Flanders Fields is a way to find family members, or simply pay respect to the fallen. Tyne Cot is the largest Commonwealth cemetery in the world. Visit some of the smaller cemeteries and remember those who were left behind. For eye-catching sculptures and original bunkers head to Langemark German Military Cemetery – one of only four German cemeteries in Flanders.
DISCOVER OUR HISTORY
Learn more about the experience of war at the Memorial Museum Passchendaele, with its extensive collection of artefacts and unique dugout experience. Follow the story of the First World War at the In Flanders Fields Museum – particularly the lives of those who fought here. You can even walk through the trenches of Heuvelland in Bayernwald, or visit the Pool of Peace where a huge mine exploded in the Battle of Messines.
PASSCHENDAELE CENTENARY PROGRAMME
In 1917 the Great War escalated in Flanders into a Total War. Science, technology, industry, economy and society were the cogwheels of a war machine going at full speed. Today we still see the scars in the landscape and the places of remembrance and commemoration. The project ‘1917. Total War in Flanders’ connects the various locations in a route of exhibitions and information points.FIND OUT MORE
Visit Flanders has compiled inspiring Passchendaele itineraries providing some great ideas for a trip in or around Ypres and Flanders Fields. As well as relevant Passchendaele places to visit, museums, cemeteries and memorials, they include attending the moving, nightly Last Post ceremony.