Places of Interest
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is the site of Flanders Fields, scene of many battles of the First World War. Visit ‘In Flanders Fields’ museum, home to a WWI knowledge centre. More than 2,000 original objects and documents are on display and visitors can follow four personal stories through interactive kiosks. Standing in the main square of Ypres and surveying the ornate buildings around, it is hard to believe that the whole area was razed to the ground during the war and then later completely rebuilt.
are situated in various locations throughout Flanders, including Passchendeel and Essex Farm and Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, which bears over 10,700 graves.
is an international metropolis – a mosaic of languages, cultures, and traditions. Brussels hosts over 80 museums, numerous tourist attractions, a vibrant nightlife, countless restaurants and shopping opportunities.
the largest city on the Flemish Coast, boasts over five and a half miles of sandy beaches, a lively and historic port, popular market, a profusion of shops and a splendid promenade.
is the closest port in France to England and has been a long time the binding factor for trade and tourism between the two countries; on a clear day Dover’s famous white cliffs can easily be viewed from Calais and the French coast can also be seen from those very cliffs too (weather permitting of course). Calais is divided into two parts – Calais-Nord, the old town is located on a man-made island bordered by canals and harbour, whilst the modern town, known as St-Pierre, lies to the south. Calais is primarily known as a cross-channel shopping destination, however, there is much more to see in this attractive town, with its rich cultural heritage, museums, French gastronomic delights, spirited nightlife and Belfries (siege towers constructed to protect the town from invasions), which are UNESCO World Heritage sites.
surrounded by an almost continuous ring of canals, is the best preserved example of medieval Flanders. Known as ‘the Venice of the North’, Bruges has a wealth of historic buildings dating from the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries. Since the city centre is closed off to traffic, it is easy to explore on foot, by canal boat or by horse-drawn carriage. Despite its relatively small size, Bruges has a wealth of architectural and artistic treasures, chocolate shops, boutiques and museums.