Now a place of pilgrimage, Ypres’ memorials, Gothic architecture, and surrounding fields highlight the significant role it played in modern history.
Ypres, the French name for the city also known as Ieper in Dutch, is inextricably intertwined with the destruction and huge loss of life in nearby battlefields during WW1. A visit to Ypres is incomplete without seeing the In Flanders Field Museum or Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing, a structure commemorating the unknown British and Commonwealth soldiers who died in and around Ypres during the war.
Upon arriving, however, you'll discover that Ypres offers much more than just a launching pad to memorials outside the city. Its medieval streets and reconstructed Gothic cathedral stand testament to its former status as an important commercial center, most notably as a central crossroads in the once-flourishing linen trade with England. Explore Ypres' unique role in these pivotal historical eras on a Context private and small group guided tours.