Medieval Ypres – by day

Did you know that Ypres once was as powerful as Bruges and Ghent during the Middle Ages? The cloth trade made the town into one of the biggest towns of Europe during the 11th and 12th century with over 35.000 inhabitants. The Cloth Hall was in the 13th century the biggest civil building of the world!

During the Great War the town was completely destroyed with only 3 buildings standing. Some politicians advocated the idea making the city centre a peace park with the ruins as a symbol of remembrance. This was fiercely protested, especially by the locals, who grieved the destruction of their beloved town and one of the most majestic ancient cities of Europe. The locals, and burgomaster Colaert, won and the city was meticulously rebuilt and restored to its former grandeur. The rebuilding took almost 50 years and was finalised in 1967.

Guided walks on reservation for families and groups in the weekend from 9 am till 11.30 am or 2 pm till 4.30 pm.
Start at the Menin Gate and end at the Market Square.

- € 90 for the half day guided tour.
Reservations at least 10 days in advance.