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 were born in one of the five boroughs or lived there at the start of the war. Along this footpath there are 218 trees. 217 of these commemorate the fallen while one tree commemorates the many civilian war victims. The forest is divided into year zones, thus showing how the war claimed lives year after year. Even after the armistice, when some men still succumbed to illness or their wounds.

Knowledge centre

With the project ‘Those who did not return’, the Knowledge Centre of the Passchendaele Museum is mapping Zonnebeek’s fallen soldiers from the First World War. The files can be consulted at the Knowledge Centre.

Practical info

  • Free
  • More info at [email protected]
  • Location: opposite entrance to the Zonnebeke castle grounds. (Ieperstraat 22, 8980 Zonnebeke)
  • Parking: Berten Pilstraat, 8980 Zonnebeke

Address information

Ieperstraat 22
8980 Zonnebeke

T: 0032 (0)51 77 04 41
[email protected]


  • Zonnebeke
  • Heritage
  • WWI


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