Ypres
The Essential
Interesting
In the 13C, Ypres was one of the most powerful towns in Flanders, together with Bruges and Ghent. It was partly destroyed in 1914-1918, then rebuilt in the neo-Gothic style. During the Cat Festival (Kattenfeest), stuffed toy animal are thrown from the second storey of the belfry. This practice is said to date from the 10C, a time when cats, accomplices of the devil and witches, were thrown alive from the top of the tower. The ritual is preceded, every three years, by the Cat Procession (Kattenstoet).

Must see

Michelin's recommendations for Ypres

In Flanders Fields Museum
In Flanders Fields Museum
Ieper
2:00
Ypres Cloth Hall (Lakenhallen)
Ypres Cloth Hall (Lakenhallen)
Ieper
0:30
St-George's Mémorial Church
St-George's Mémorial Church
Ieper
0:15
St Martin's Cathedral, Ypres (St-Maartenskathedraal)
St Martin's Cathedral, Ypres (St-Maartenskathedraal)
Ieper
0:15
Belle Godshuis Museum
Belle Godshuis Museum
Ieper
1:00
Knight Templars' House
Knight Templars' House
Ieper
0:15