The Polygoon forest is a remnant of a large forest, once owned by the Marquis of Beselare and local abbeys of Zonnebeke and Nonnebossen. In 1914, it was owned by the state and used as a military training ground. Shooting range Even before Belgian independence, Polygoonbos was used by soldiers?
Zonnebeke is a diverse municipality with many traditions and a rich history. As a visitor, you can get to know all that Zonnebeke has to offer under the guidance of an experienced guide. There are guide tours on foot or by bike. In short, an ideal activity for your family,?
Red Coneflower The Red Coneflower grows about 120 cm tall and flowers in July and August. It thrives on moist, nutrient-rich, sandy and clay soil. The fruit is a nut. Mainly the flower and root of the plant were used in medicine. These contain many interesting substances that are used?
Just east of Zonnebeke lies Broodseinde. The hamlet develops around the intersection of Roeselare and Beselarestraat. In late 1914, during the First Battle of Ypres, the Germans capture the heights from the British. Moments later, the French retake the hamlet, after which the front line stabilises. Living conditions in the?
In the south of the municipality of Zonnebeke lies the borough of Zandvoorde. Near the drop is the CWGC Zantvoorde British Cemetery, where more than 1,500 fallen soldiers found their last resting place. 1100 of them have not been identified. The cemetery was designed by Charles Holden. Monument Of particular?
At the Passchendaele Museum, children can be taken in tow by Lisa, her nephew Louis and the museum rat Maurice. Lisa and Louis visit their grandfather, who collects all kinds of things from WWI in the castle of Zonnebeke. With an audio game, folding map and fun assignments, they playfully?
Geluveld is a well-know village. On 31 October, the Germans were boldly and heroically stopped there. This resistance laid the foundations for the following 4 years. The village remains of great importance to the Germans and is world-famous for its Menin Road, which ends under the Menin Gate in Ypres.?
In Beselare's market square stands the bronze Witch Monument, a witch stirring in her magic pot. A little further on is the Heksenwaag. This harks back to the Dutch custom of checking whether or not someone was a witch. Dare to defy fate and stand on the Heksenwaag. Perhaps the?
Looking for a fun activity for young and old? Since May 2018, the Old Cheese Factory has been guaranteeing a brand new minigolf course with no less than 18 different courses! Each golf course is equipped with a different obstacle for maximum fun. The course is dressed with real objects?
The Zandvoorde forest is part of the Host Forest. It was during the Middle Ages that various houses of worship in the Ypres region received a lot of forest land as donations. During World War I, these were completely destroyed. Now they are owned by the OCMW. Every season creates?
Yarrow Yarrow is found on nutrient-rich, disturbed soil and on fallow land. It copes well with drought and grows to about 50 cm. It blooms from June to November and has a white and rose colour palette. As an herb, it was used as a stimulant and tonic. Nowadays, it?
Beselare is a well-known as the witches’ village. 'A giant witch, a flying witch, a crazy witch, a ponderous piece of furniture, with naughty black eyes and a defiant gaze, and a nose like a peck.' This is how Calle Bletters is described. Other well-known witches are Clette, Babbe, Dokke,?
'The Road to Passchendaele' connects the Passchendaele Museum with CWGC Tyne Cot Cemetery. The half-hour walking route runs along the former railway line between Ypres and Roeselare. Line 64 was frequently used to transport beets and straw and was soon nicknamed, "the straw route". Road to Passchendaele A railway line?
In the winter of 1917 and spring of 1918, New Zealand troops occupied Polygon Forest. They built some concrete structures there, poured over curved corrugated sheets called 'Baby Elephants'. The edges were trimmed with straight corrugated sheets, a rather unique method of construction. Two such structures in the Polygon Forest?
Spearmint Spearmint, also called green mint is used as a kitchen herb and for herbal teas. The herb proliferates due to the many offshoots it forms and it grows about 80 cm high. It flowers in July and August. The plant is mainly used to make tea. It has a?
Treze Belle is also known as 'Belle Fakke', a reference to her inability to work. Treze lives in 't Hoenstraetje and earns her living peddling mandragora puppets and other suspicious wares. Gullible merchants buy these human shaped roots and use them as mascots during their travels. Gallowskins, as the are?
The main theme of this signposted cycle route is the First World War. Starting from Ypres' Grote Markt, the route first leads to the Provincial Domain de Palingbeek, Hill 60 and Hill 62. It then passes through our municipality including a stop at Tyne Cot Cemetery. Further on it goes?
The memorial column in Beselare Street near the hamlet of Broodseinde, commemorates the 7th Royal Artillery Division and the battles in 1914 and 1917. During the Battle of Broodseinde on 4 October 1917, the Division suffered heavy losses here. The memorial was erected in 1924. Before the war, a small?
Den Nachtegael Wine Estate is located on the border of Zonnebeke and Langemark. Although the vineyard looks peaceful today, the military cemetery across the street recalls a darker past. Dochy Farm New British Cemetery is named after a farm that stood on the site where the vineyard now lies. The?
WW1 walk The southern walking loop runs towards the Polygoon Forest and the former battlefield near Beselare. The Polygoon forest is a special place in the whole war story. In 1914, French and Germans manned positions there on the southern edge of the forest. After German capture, fierce fighting took?
The Passchendaele Museum in Zonnebeke launched the 'Names in the Landscape' geoportal on 25 May 2022, with the support of the Flemish Government and Library and Archives Canada. It is an online portal. Online portal The online portal shows where more than 1,400 Canadians were killed or presumably buried. The?
'The Belgian and his brick' is a commonly well-known saying, but do you know how a brick is made? A guided visit to the Wienerberger brickworks in Zonnebeke will tell you all about it. You will walk through the company's various production departments and the guide will happily tell you?
Destroyed by World War I, this church was rebuilt in the Neo-Gothic style between 1923 and 1925. Here, St. Cornelius is worshipped against childhood and livestock diseases. There is a wooden statue of this saint in the church. In the front garden of the presbytery there is a miniature church?
Babbe, born Barbara Vansuyt, lives on the outskirts of the Eierpanders. She is a deaf-mute, ugly, old, worn-out woman suspected of letting small children waste away. It is notable that Babbe is always the very first to visit young mothers who have just given birth. Unfortunately, after her visit, the?
For centuries, Beselare has been known as a village of witches where the name and fame of the witches far transcend the village boundaries. During the 'Heksen wandellus', you will pass the homes of some important witches such as 'Calle Bletters', 'Sefa Bubbels' and 'Tanneken Vanhulle'. Witches who could fly?
During the Battle of Passchendaele, Crest Farm, forms the key to the shattered village. The former farmstead is slightly higher than Passchendaele and the Germans build a fortified position there. Several machine guns guard the access roads. Canadian troops attack the position on 30 October 1917. Artillery and machine guns?
The historic castle grounds of Zonnebeke are the ideal starting point for exploring the region. Various walking and cycling routes start from the park. Two walks have also been mapped out within the castle domain itself. The Park Walk takes you past the most beautiful places in the domain, including?
WW1 walking route The 'Canadian Road to Passchendaele' takes you in the footsteps of the Canadian troops, who were given the difficult task of taking the ruins of Passchendaele in 1917. Along the way, you will learn more about this sorrowful campaign. After more than 100 days, they had advanced?
The New Zealand Forces Memorial is located opposite the CWGC Buttes New British Cemetery. Here the New Zealanders who went missing near Polygon Forest in the winter of 1917-1918 are commemorated. In front of the hill is the Stone of Remembrance. A special feature of the cemetery is the lack?
This statue of a soldier of the Black Watch, stands at the southwestern edge of Polygon Wood. The site was named after the elite Scottish unit, "Black Watch Corner", during WWI. Inaugurated in 2014, the memorial commemorates the Black Watch Regiment, which played an important part in halting the German?
Many of the herbs in the planter are used in modern medicine today. They contain active substances that are very useful. The herbalists at the time learnt this information and refined it for years. Needless to say, accidents also happened. The lack of correct scales and sometimes larger quantity of?
Marigold The versatile herb grows about 50 cm tall and flowers from June to October. Marigold thrives in and sparse sunny spot and will spontaneously spread. In herbal medicine, the herb is used for its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, wound-healing and soothing properties. These constitute a treatment for abrasions, bedsores, suppurating wounds,?
Sweet woodruff The plant is about 10 to 30 cm tall and flowers in May and June. Due to its creeping rhizome, it multiplies very quickly. It soon forms a single green carpet with a mass of white stars with a sweet scent. The plant is common in beech forests?
Lesser periwinkle The plant is a low and evergreen that prefers full sun and requires slightly moist soil. It expands through shoots that can grow up to 50 cm long. In herbal medicine, the herb is recommended to prevent all kinds of brain diseases like Alzheimer's and strokes. This is?
The landscape of the Westhoek is the result of millions of years of natural formation. Characteristic are the West Flemish Hills and the Mid-West Flemish Hillridge, an alternation of subtle heights and lows. The West Flemish Hills, located in the south of Ypres, originated as large sandbanks in a primordial?
The walk towards Polygon Wood crosses the new park area created in 2014 after which heritage and cemeteries in and around Polygon Wood are visited. Along the walk are several information carriers telling you the history of Zonnebeke. Both WWI and non-WWWI. The wheelchair-accessible Polygon Wood walk is 4.6 km.?
Wormwood Wormwood buds have traditionally been attributed medicinal properties. The plant occurs on dry, calcareous, nitrogen-rich soils and is currently listed as quite rare. The plant is used for digestive disorders such as loss of appetite, indigestion, antispasmodic and liver disease. It is used to stimulate sweating against fever and?
Originally, 'Tyne Cot' was a fortified position in the German defence position Flandern I consisting of several bunkers. The largest concrete structure was set up as a medical dressing station after its capture on 4 October 1917 by the 3rd Australian Division. Cross of Sacrifice The Cross of Sacrifice at?
Dokke lived next to the Mispelaerebeek (a creek) in the early 1700s and was known as a card reader and palm gazer. The parish suspects her of consorting with the devil. As she is dying, a black goat sits at the end of her bed. Several strange and haunting events?
Fyte lives in a ruinous shack on the edge of the Vuilewaesbusch (a forest). She arrives there with Bâmis 1699, the year when the plague claimed many victims. No one knows where she comes from. She is a deformed and shrivelled creature with a face that seems a third too?
Sefa, born Jozefa Coleta Bubbels, is a sturdy woman as strong as a horse. She is a firm woman, broad-shouldered and has hands like cleavers. Sefa lives in the Steenuilbos (little owl forest) where she was born in 1667. As a cow herder, she works at nearby farmstead. Around 1700,?
WW1 walking route The 'Zandvoorde walking loop' follows the theme of '2014-2018 - 100 years of the Great War' and tells the story of Zandvoorde during the First World War. The village held an important strategic position due to its higher position on the Mid-West Flemish Hillside. The unique view?
In the Abbey Garden, you can discover the different building phases (6 stages) of Zonnebeek's Augustine Abbey. The building history of this complex starts around 1197 and ran until the French Revolution, after which it was transformed into a castle with a park. Based on different pavements in the garden,?
Beselare borough has been known as a sorceress parish for centuries. Of course, every village had a few punishing stories about witchcraft, witches, flying goats, ..., but in Beselare, these stories were penned by a few folk writers and folklorists. It is especially Edward Vermeulen (Warden Oom) who made an?
Lemon balm The plant did not steal its name considering it smells like lemon. The plant grows about 50 cm tall and can be translated from Ancient Greek to 'Honey bee'. This considering it attracts many bees due to its high nectar content. Lemon balm has antispasmodic effects and knows?
WW1 walking route The northern walking loop connects the castle grounds of Zonnebeke with the historic battlefields on the outskirts of Passchendaele. That village was taken by the British at the cost of ten thousand lives in 1917. Along the route, two nations that fought at the Battle of Passchendaele?
The historic castle grounds of Zonnebeke are home to the Passchendaele Museum, the municipal library 'De Letterschuur', the Koklikoo and the Zonnebeke Tourist Office. This is the ideal starting point for exploring Zonnebeke. Various walking and cycling routes depart from here along car-free paths. Less than three kilometres away are?
The 'Passchendaele Memorial Gardens' project is part of the 'Legacy of Passchendaele' master plan. Part of this project is to reunite the two castle parks that have been separated since 1960. Around the picturesque 1933 manor house, the landscape park will be redesigned from June 2013. Landscape, recreation and education?
The pentagram is the most powerful symbol for a mage. The five-pointed star gives him power over the elements and, like the circle, has no beginning or end. The symbol represents perfection and totality. The points point to the four elements while the fifth corner refers to spirituality. The circle?
The Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 presents the historical story of World War I in a moving and vivid way, with a special focus on the Battle of Passchendaele. This 1917 battle is known as one of the most gruesome battles of World War I, with nearly 600,000 casualties for a?
Summary of the five battles near Ypres From late August 1914 the first German reconnaissance patrols appear in our region and in October 1914 all inhabitants flee from our towns. First Battle of Ypres (October - November 1914) From mid-October 1914, the British Expediton Force established a defensive position across?
Peppermint Peppermint originates from a cross between water mint and car mint and grows about 1 metre tall. All mint varieties thrive in moist environments, where they can seriously proliferate. Peppermint flowers from July to September. As a medicine, the herb was particularly popular as an herbal tea. It improves?
WW1 walking route The 'Pioneer walking loop' is entirely dedicated to the German war story. Various aspects are covered along the route. For instance, you will learn about unprecedented construction work, which took place in our region between 1915 and 1917, and the wartime suffering on the German side. This?
The cycle route introduces you to the monumental heritage of the Battle of Passchendaele. The route starts at the tourist office in Zonnebeke. It crosses the rolling countryside and takes you past several WWI and non-WWWI sites: Tyne Cot Cemetery, Crest Farm, the witch village of Beselare ... Start pedalling?
The Polygoonbos (Polygon Forest) is located on the Mid-West Flemish ridge. It is a paradise for people and animals. Children can romp around in the play area. You can take lovely walks along the beautiful avenues. This forest is also the place to be to spot many animals: birds of?
During the first phase of the war (1914-1915), the landscape plays an important role. The abundant greenery forms a natural barrier that is fully exploited. Although many buildings are destroyed, the natural defences remain. The heights, woods, hedgerows and farms have a strong influence on the course of successive battles?
Christmas rose Christmas rose is known as witchweed. It grows about 30 cm tall and forms pretty white flowers that turn pink after fertilisation. It is a poisonous plant that tastes bitter. The dried and ground roots used to be used as sneezing powder, an emetic and a remedy for?
WW1 walking route The municipality of Zonnebeke realised a footpath and memorial forest for 'Those who did not return'. The footpath in the Zonnebeek valley is the final piece of 'The Legacy of Passchendaele' project. Memorial trees World War I took a high human toll. Zonnebeke counts 217 dead who?
The route explores the southern Westhoek and takes you past numerous World War I relics and monuments. Practical information Start: Ypres Distance: Is a signposted car route with hexagonal signs of 82 km Price: The accompanying brochure is available (€ 6) at the tourist office Zonnebeke.
In 1418, Roger Van der Woestine bought the seigniory of Beselare. In 1428, Philip the Good granted permission to knight Olivier Van der Woestine to establish the (still existing) archers' guild of St Sebastian. The Vander Woestyne family pioneered the reclamation of the rough forest area of Beselare and the?
Dirk Syx is the central figure and driving force behind the establishment of the wine domain. After a successful career in the IT sector, Dirk felt the urge to return to his roots as a farmer’s son. A decision that provided not only more peace of mind, but also a?
'Mission Polygon Wood' combines personal stories of fallen soldiers with hands-on tasks in Polygon Wood. This wood, some three minutes' drive from our museum, together with CWGC Tyne Cot Cemetery, is among the most important Westhoek sites that recall the First World War. Besides the Commonwealth cemeteries Polygon Wood Cemetery?
The knowledge centre is housed in the former presbytery of Zonnebeke, a modernist building designed by Huib Hoste. It is a place where researchers, students and the curious can go with their questions about the region's wartime past and heritage. Collection of the Knowledge Centre The knowledge centre comprises two?
Sculpture Camiel Van Breedam This work symbolises the roads that cross and at the same time rise to the heights: sky, heaven, symbol of the millions of young people killed senselessly. The buttresses themselves are the symbol of supports, reaching for the sky, supporting walls that no longer exist, destroyed?
A unique empathy project anno 1917 NOTE: THIS WORKSHOP IS TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE Your group will step into the shoes of a 1917 Australian platoon and follow the bloody trail to CWGC Tyne Cot Cemetery. Guided by a historically based narrative, experienced guides will take youngsters aged 14 and over in?
The sculpture aims to capture a moment between Life and Death, between Downfall and Future. The 'head' is tilted backwards and (still) rests only on one line and one point. On one side in particular it is dying, on the other it is still looking upwards in ultimate hope. It?
Take a moment to enjoy the beautiful view of the valley of the Reutel. The source of the creek lays in the rolling meadows to the west. Past Geluwe, it flows into the Lys in Menen. You wouldn't immediately tell, but this calm winding road was once the equivalent of?
This church was partly built after WWI on the foundations of the former abbey church of the Augustinian abbey that was dissolved in the 18th century. The Church of Our Lady can be seen as Belgium's first modernist church, designed by Bruges architect Huib Hoste. It is built of brick?
The Polygon Wood Peace Forest is more than a forest. It is a place that reminds us of the horrific events of the First World War. Each of the 519 standing trees in the wood commemorates a known fallen soldier who found his final resting place in one of Polygon?
The church in Geluveld was also destroyed during World War I. The church administration appointed modernist architect Huib Hoste to build the church in Geluveld in 1920. After correspondence with increasingly negative tones between parish priest Delrue and the master builder and repeated adjustments, Hoste's appointment was finally withdrawn in?
This beautiful stained-glass window was inaugurated on 13 October 1928 and can be found in St Augustine's Church in Passchendaele. The centre represents St George, with the coat of arms of Lancaster above and the coats of arms of the cities of Manchester and Salford below. Along both sides of?
The first version of the Magic Herb Garden emerged in 2000. The concept and idea were developed by Gaby Van Nieuwenhuyse, a resident of Beselare who is training to become a herbalist. With the support of Zonnebeke, the first garden is realised. The renewed herb garden opens in 2023. Gaby's?
The Pou Maumahara - Pohutokawa is an eight-metre-high and six-tonne Maori monument honouring New Zealand Maori from WWI. Master carvers and students from the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Insitute (NZMACI) in Rotorua, New Zealand crafted this totem over four years from an indigenous wood more than 4,500 years?
Meele Crotte works as a porter at the castle of the lords of Beselare. She owes this rather high-ranking position to her father Paulus Wancourt, coachman to the marquis Maximilian Vanderwoestine. When the marquis and marquise are not at home, she sends the beggars away with the mocking words ''Es?
Architect Huib Hoste (1881-1957) can be seen as a pioneer of modernism in Belgium. Born in Bruges as Hubert Leon Bruno Jean Marie Hoste, he grew up in a traditional French-speaking and strict Catholic milieu. Neo-Gothicism and eclecticism characterise his formative years. However, he falls under the spell of Dutch?
Armierungsbataillone The exceptionally well-preserved command bunker at Zandvoorde is a fine example of German architecture. It is one of the largest remaining bunkers in the Westhoek and is a unique witness. Specifically trained pioneer units, the so-called Armierungsbataillone, built this bunker in 1916 for the staff of a regiment. They?
Leeme lives in a ‘dishouse’ along the Hoenwegelke (a small trail). A dishouse was a social dwelling in the 18th century. Sefa feels right at home with Leeme. Every time after the distribution of the dis, Sefa knocks on Leeme Caduul's door. Together they feast on the brandy jug. Leeme?
The CWGC Passchendaele New British Cemetery was established after World War I as a collective cemetery of scattered graves on the battlefields around Passchendaele and Langemark. Almost all the fallen fell in the autumn of 1917. Architects Architects Charles Holden and Wilfrid Clement Von Berg were responsible for designing the?
This church was completely rebuilt in neo-Gothic style after World War I (1922-1925). At the back of the church you will find the tombstone of Knight Adriaan Van der Woestine (1527). This family played an important role in Beselaar's history. Van der Woestine family Beselare also once had a castle;?
Lily of the valley The Lily of the valley is a 30 cm tall plant found wild in wooded areas. It is a creeping plant that expands so much in size and flowers in May and June. It gives off a pleasant fragrance. The flowers and roots are still used?
Stories for the road Before WWI, Zonnebeke is a typical agricultural community with little industry. The village has about 4,000 inhabitants. Life there was characterised by diligent labour, Sunday high mass and the fair as one of the annual highlights. However, the First World War thoroughly shakes up daily life.?
The signposted Tobacco Cycle Route starts at the National Tobacco Museum and takes you through the tobacco region around Wervik and Zonnebeke. Tobacco plantations colour the landscape. The route takes in the provincial domain De Palingbeek, the Polygoonbos and the Gasthuisbossen. Practical info Description: National Tobacco Museum, Wervik, Zonnebeke, De?
Flower castle It is almost inconceivable but during the war, a beautiful park lay in the valley of Polderhoek. Situated around the south-facing Polderhoek castle, it was even one of the most beautiful in the area. The locals didn't call it "Flower Castle" for nothing. It was laid out from?
Common Polypody The fern is common in dunes, in forests on sandy soils, on walls and at the base of oaks. It grows to about 30 cm. The root of the oak fern is eaten and has a bittersweet flavour. It is sometimes used to flavour nougat as the root?
On 30 October 1917, the Fourth Canadian Division attacks from the south towards Passchendaele. In the process, the 85th Battalion, also known as the Nova Scotia Highlanders, put up a fierce fight at the spot where today this monument commemorates them. The 85th battalion The 85th Battalion tries to defend?
Scarred landscape The Church of Our Lady in Zonnebeke is the first modernist church built in Belgium after the First World War. The church was designed by renowned Bruges architect Huib Hoste. To make the tower with its panoramic view accessible, Zonnebeke is cooperating with the Horizon 2025 project of?
The church of Zonnebeke is just a 5-minute walk from the Passchendaele Museum. On the right wall of the Church of Our Lady is a plaque dedicated to the fallen of D. 21 Battery of the Canadian Field Artillery. During the Battle of Passchendaele, the battery's guns stood at the?
Sculpture Paul Gees Paul Gees says of his sculpture "Referring to the war, this sculpture can be read as a contained conflict, a defiance, but also an awareness of the permanent risk, the precarious as a charged silence. The sculpture likewise sets the vertical above the horizontal, as the pursuit?
The original Romanesque church dates from the 11th-12th centuries. This old church was replaced by a neo-Romanesque building in 1904, integrating the former choir as a side choir. Part of the original ironstone is thus preserved. During World War I, the building was completely destroyed, but the ancient iron sandstones?
Discover this well-preserved German underground construction. Supposedly built as a medical aid station, it becomes a strongly defended and difficult to take stronghold during the Battle of Passchendaele. It is only on 15 September 1917 that a raiding party is able to capture the bunker. 2Lt Cryer is killed in?
In Zonnebeke, it is pleasant for everyone to go outside and enjoy nature. For people with reduced mobility, there are the following options for a pleasant walk: Firstly, you can take a nice walk in the Chateau Domain which has barrier-free, paved paths. In addition, in cooperation with Tourism Flanders,?
This monument is located in the municipal square in front of Passchendaele church. It consists of a bronze statue depicting La Fontaine's fable 'The raven and the fox'. The granite base refers to the internationally renowned Passchendaele cheese. Practical info Free Location: town square Passchendaele
The Zonnebeek Crypt with 14 war dead and one independence fighter is unique in Belgium. Established in 1921, the municipal crypt contains 11 fallen from World War I and three from World War II. Frederic Godderis Of particular note is the coffin of Frederic Godderis. He fought for Belgian independence?
Bloody Crane`s-bill The plant grows about 50 cm tall and has a flowering period that extends from June to August. The red, carmine-pink flowers are defining features of this plant, which is considered a protective plant. The plant also has medicinal uses. For instance, it is astringent and haemostatic. It?
Beselare is a well-known as the witches’ village. 'A giant witch, a flying witch, a crazy witch, a ponderous piece of furniture, with naughty black eyes and a defiant gaze, and a nose like a peck.' This is how Calle Bletters is described. Other well-known witches are Clette, Babbe, Dokke,?
Catherine Belettere is the daughter of Pieter Belettere, horse blacksmith from the enchanted smithy. Calle is described as a giant witch, a flying witch, a crazy witch and a ponderous piece of furniture. Moreover, Calle is the niece of Sefa Bubbles. Pieter's forge is located in today's Wervikstraat. Calle gets?
Borage Borage is also often called cucumber herb. It grows to about 90 cm high and flowers from May to October. It likes moist and nutrient-rich soils. The plant was used in ancient medicine for its uplifting effects. It has been used against mental exhaustion and depression. It is also?
With its nearly 12,000 graves and 35,000 names of missing persons, CWGC (Commonwealth War Graves Commission) Tyne Cot Cemetery is the largest Commonwealth cemetery in the world, a silent witness to the Battle of Passchendaele. Originally 'Tyne Cot' was a fortified position in the German defence position Flandern I. Australian?
The walk towards Tyne Cot follows the 'Road to Passchendaele' that Australian troops followed in 1917 to take Passchendaele. Along the walk are several information carriers telling you the history of Zonnebeke. Both WWI and non-WWWI. The wheelchair-accessible Tyne Cot Cemetery walking loop is 5.8 km long. Download the walking?
With the handy 'The Legacy' walking map, you can explore our municipality. Along the Geluveld Walking Route, you will enjoy wide-open landscapes and beautiful panoramas of the Leie valley and the Border region. Along the way, you will learn a lot about the history of this village, which was of?
Herb of grace The plant is a semi-shrub and grows up to 1.2 m tall. Herb of grace blooms in July and August with quadruple, yellow flowers except for the central flower at the top of the main axis which is quintuplet. The fruit is a 1 cm round box?
Clette's real name is Coleta Vandendycke. As a child, she was found along the Stratendijk near the Crampebusch. She later lives at the Gavermeerschen. Clette is a 'teilematooie' or ridiculously dolled-up woman with a doll cast face. Her apron always contains a flask of magic potion, a decoction of ‘redshank’?
The wine domain is the realised dream of Jan Six, son of Jean-Pierre Six, who grew up among the vines on Vineyard Monteberg. Symbolically, he planted the wine domain in 2021, 25 years after his father put the first vines in the ground. This makes the Monteberg wine estate the?
The oxeye daisy The oxeye daisy flowers mainly in June. The plant often grows on grasslands, road verges and temporarily open areas. The plant used to be used as a medicinal remedy for respiratory problems. Its essential oils have anti-inflammatory properties, so it was used for various conditions such as?
Lungwort The plant flowers early in spring, usually in early April, and is very temperature-dependent. It gets flowers that vary between white, pink and dark purple-blue. It thrives well in sunny moist places and grows to a maximum height of 30 cm. Lungwort has been used as a medicine for?
Jacques Brel The smallest borough of Zonnebeke, Zandvoorde is also sometimes called the Brel village for good reason. Jacques Brel's father, Romain was born in this village. A bronze plaque was unveiled at Romain's birthplace (Zandvoordestraat 45) in 1988, History of the Brel family The first traces of the Brel?
De Reutel or Reutelhoek is an ancient hamlet on the Mid-West Flemish ridge. It emerged around the intersection of the Oude Kortrijkstraat and the Oude Wervikstraat. These were important traffic arteries between Ypres and Kortrijk during the Ancien Regime. As early as 1520, the specific name of the hamlet is?
According to the stories, the Beselare witches lived in the 17th and 18th centuries. This is a time when the municipality is remote and the journey to Roeselare (8 km) easily takes two hours. The route passes through forests and swamps. The lack of streetlights adds to the unsafe, unknown?
As we approach CWGC Buttes New British Cemetery, we walk in the middle of what was a pre-war Belgian cavalry horse racecourse from around 1874. Soldiers billeted at Ypres braved numerous obstacles there, such as movable hedges, walls and wells. After the war, it was decided to reforest the entire?
The thematic 'Nonnebossen walking loop' focuses on the history of the once vast forests between Zonnebeke and Ypres. At the beginning of the 12th century, an abbey was founded and developed successfully thanks to a lot of donations. When iconoclasts acted violently on three occasions, the abbey burned down and?
'The Road to Passchendaele' is a piece of pre-war railway, running from the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 towards the Tyne Cot Cemetery at Passendale. Along this small stretch of historic route, which is about 2 km long, many Commonwealth nationalities fought in 1917. Practical info Can go with a guide?
Tanneken, a wealthy sorceress, lives along the Slangenmeersch (a swamp) in the hamlet of 't Vergif (the poison). This is the place where witches gather to dance and sing. The story goes that people hear her singing at night and see her dancing on the roof of the barn. It?
Today, several war relics bear witness to the violence of war. These relics remained untouched during reconstruction. Bunkers, craters and a huge amount of archaeological traces are hiding just below the earth's surface. Numerous cemeteries and monuments remind us of the high human toll of the four-year war. But less?
The growing of wine in our region dates back to the Romans and peaked in the Middle Ages. Especially the Hageland and the valley of the Maas were known for their flourishing vineyards, but wine was also cultivated in other Flemish regions. Unfortunately, vineyards disappeared in the 16th century due?
Feverfew This strongly scented plant blooms from June to the end of August. Due to its medicinal properties, it was spread all over the world. It grows mainly in places where there is a high ammonia content in the soil due to animal manure. The plant has many uses in?
Are you ready for a unique experience in Zonnebeke? Would you like to relax after a busy working day or enjoy the surroundings in an adventurous way? The beautiful routes take you along various winding country roads, beautiful meadows and natural landscapes where you can tour for hours with an?
Zonnebeke is an ideal starting point to explore the region by bike. No bike with you? Rent a bike through the following partners: Landlord Street Town Contact Rijwielen Tillo Martin Ommegang Zuid 1 8840 Westrozebeke +32 (0)51 78 04 90 Fietsverhuur Camping Jeugdstation Bolwerkstraat 1 8900 Ieper +32 (0)57 21?
The castle was occupied by the noble Keingiaert family from 1737 to 1965. Before the war, the family owned a large part of Geluveld. During the First World War, the Keingiaert family fled the violence of war. Attacks on the castle Geluveld was defended by the British 1st Division. On?
Knotweed The herb is a creeping, ground-covering perennial that reaches a height of about 25 cm. It flowers from July to October and turns a bronze hue in winter. The flowers are red which, according to witchcraft, makes them a magical line of protection and keeps away evil forces. They?
Augustine abbey in Zonnebeke Augustine Abbey was a large abbey of the Regular Canons of the Order of St Augustine. Through a charter from Bishop Drogo of Terwaan and at the request of Fulpoldus, lord of Rollegem, a chapter of three canons was founded attached to the local Church of?
The buzzing grassland is a piece of nature in the Castle Domain of Zonnebeke that was given a boost by Regional Landscape Westhoek in 2018. Thus, the grassland was scarified and sown with some vanished and once common native herb species. No fertiliser or pesticides are used, resulting in a?
The 'Folklore walking loop' in Beselare is a thematic walk that highlights a number of historical traditions, the cultural peculiarities and inhabitants of the municipality over the centuries. The reclamation and development of the wasteland by the 'Lords of Beselare', the economic activity, the revival after World War I and?
In the middle of the Polygon Forest lies 'Scott Post', a remarkable bunker ruin. It was cast into concrete in 1916 or 1917 by German troops in a wooden formwork and with iron armour. On 26 September 1917, the Third Battle of Ypres, the 56th Australian battalion took Scott Post.?
This Scottish memorial is set in a historically appropriate location. The site chosen is on the height of Frezenberg because this is the area where the Scottish 15th Division was involved in a series of bloody attacks on both 31 July and mid-August 1917. The site offers a perfect view?
Source research In this workshop, participants compile their own personal dossier of a fallen soldier from the Battle of Passchendaele. Using a photo, name and date of death, they carry out their own source research. Files The files from this workshop come from our 'Passchendaele Archives' project, with which we?
Passchendaele, the Cheese Village, is inevitably associated with the famous cheese of the same name. This cheese goes back to 1932, when the Donck family laid the foundations of the Passchendaele Cheese Factory. They started producing cheese on the farm at 's Graventafel. The small business soon grew into a?
The Adventure Trail lets children and adults discover the 'Natural Game Landscape'. Step trunks, footbridges and trees bring you to a slightly higher viewing platform each time. Romp, climb, play ... and enjoy the beautiful nature in the meantime. It is a walk through the Zonnebeke Castle domain. Download the?
Flying to freedom, Kortekeer roundabout With the title "Flying to freedom", artist Luc Lapere wants to honour the strong, resilient woman. "After all, every woman is born an angel, benign and not attracted to sin. However often their wings are broken and distorted by the social context in which they?
The region southeast of the infamous Ypres Salient, the Ypres Salient of World War I, remained in German hands from the First Battle of Ypres in 1914. After the Second Battle of Ypres, in 1915, the Germans proceeded to build fortified lines parallel behind the front in the Westhoek and?
All ready to explore the beautiful region around Zonnebeke? Your voyage of discovery in the Westhoek begins when you rent your electric scooter. With respect for the region and in complete comfort, you conquer the rural roads, flanked by rolling landscapes and relics of the past. From Zonnebeke, you have?
WW1 walking route This thematic walk is all about the New Zealand war story. The loop starting at The Old Cheese Factory introduces you to the New Zealand battlefield of 1917. New Zealand troops, along with the Australians, were given the arduous task of taking the heights of Passchendaele in?