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Start out at the Ferry Port on the E15, Follow signs 'Toutes Directions' then A16/A26, A216, A16, A25, D948, N38, R33, N38, N8, N379, N313, N8.
No one can fail to be moved by a visit to Ypres – Ieper in Flemish or ‘Wipers’ to the troops. Extreme wealth in the Middle Ages and then, less than one hundred years ago, reduced to rubble during World War I, the city is a fitting reminder of people’s resilience and their ability to bounce back. Today, Ypres is an attractive and busting community of 35,000 people.
Whilst in the city, you are urged to visit the battlefields and the Menin Gate memorial which is regarded as the most famous British war memorial from the First World War. Designed by Sir Blomfield, it has the names of no less than 54,896 missing soldiers engraved on its walls. The Last Post is sounded here every evening at 8pm and is an extremely special event.
Is there a local speciality?
Beer and Chocolate are high on the list of specialities here. Additionally, Ypres is also home to Hostellerie St. Nicolas, a restaurant which boasts two Michelin Stars. Pure gastronomic pleasure and the food is simply exquisite, with a personality of its own.
Any good activities around?
A great way to see Ypres and get a little exercise – some 2.5 km of it – is to take the Vestings route walk that follows the old ramparts. They are ideal walking territory and you will find lots of information displays that tell you about the ramparts and the wildlife in the nearby river.
When's market day?
Market day in Ypres is on Saturdays. During the summer months the market moves to the bigger site at the Esplanade, near to the railway station.
Interesting town fact
Ypres was reduced to rubble during the First World War and has been entirely rebuilt in the original Flemish brick style. The countryside around Ypres is featured in the famous poem
"In Flanders Fields" by John McCrae. Ypres was also mentioned in the Canterbury Tales due to its prosperous linen trade with England.
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