Find out about the history of this unusual city at the In Flanders’ Fields Museum in the city centre, based in the 13th century Cloth Hall that has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The Flanders Fields Museum is dedicated to Ypres’s role in the First World War. The Cloth Hall was originally built around 1200 as a center of Flemish wealth, but was completely destroyed during WW I. After the Cloth Hall was rebuilt.
Kattenstoet or Cat Parade is a major attraction of the city, held every third year on the second Sunday of May. Other famous sights include the nearby Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, Tyne Cot Commonwealth Cemetery which is largest Commonwealth Wargraves Commission cemetery in the world, situated close to the village of Passendale. In the village of Vladslo, north of Ypres and close to the city of Diksmuide lies the Vladso German Cemetery. Another main cemetery is the Langemark German Cemetery.
There are several bicycle rental places in the town. The tourist office issues a useful leaflet detailing cycle routes in the countryside around Yprés such as the Salient. Canal cruises are one of the best ways of viewing the town and surrounding areas. The City of Ypres hosts the international campaign secretariat of Mayors for Peace, an international Mayoral organization mobilizing cities and citizens worldwide to abolish and eliminate nuclear weapons by the year 2020.
Cheap or luxury hotels, b&b’s or guest houses and very cheap hostels close to the city train station, dining, and shopping in Ypres or Ieper Belgium.
Main squares located in Ypres City Centre, Belgium
Market Square or Grote Markt — main city square in the heart of Ypres Belgium surrounded by restaurants and shops. It’s a cobbled square dominated by the Cloth Hall or Lakenhalle, the elegant Nieuwerck and the Belfry. The Lakenhalle contains the Visitor Information Centre and also the Flanders Field Museum. The belfry tower is located on the Cloth Hall. On the north side of the square at the City Hall is the historic “Klein Stadhuis” building. The building is now a bistro.
Tthe market square of Ypres was one of the largest in Belgium during Medieval times and one of the most important centres of international cloth trade.
Guido Gezelleplein — former cemetary dominated by the Sint-Jacobskerk or St James Church.