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Walk Through the City Centre of Ypres

A walking tour through the city centre of Ypres is a fantastic experience! We'll learn about the origin of the city starting with the medieval history, visiting the spot where the fist count of Flanders build a settlement and a small chapel, on the same spot is the gigantic St Maartens Cathedral today.

From Ypres
Online Experience
1 Hour
Upto 10 people
  • Walking tour live-streamed from the city centre of Ypres 
  • Feel the medieval vibe of the city at the St Maartens Cathedral and Cloth Hall 
  • Learn about Ypres' role in WW1 at the Menin Gate

Trace the roots of origin of Ypres right from its medieval history on this live-streamed Online Experience. We will begin from the spot where the first count of Flanders built a settlement and a small chapel; on the same spot today stands the gigantic St Maartens Cathedral. Your guide will tell you how the city got its name while we walk to the Market Square with its magnificent Cloth Hall, which is one of the largest civil buildings in Europe. 

As we walk you through the centre, you will notice the medieval character of the city, but nothing is further from the truth! Ypres was the battleground between the French and German during World War 1; the city was completely destroyed and all that was left were ruins. It took a while for the people of Ypres to rebuild everything. We will hence see the reconstructed city, almost exactly as it was be the war! 

We will have a look at some interesting characteristics of the reconstruction and learn about the history and significance of Menin Gate, a British Memorial Monument built to commemorate the 55,000 soldiers who went missing during the war and never got a proper burial in a grave. Over the past 80 years till today, people from all over the world come to the Menin gate to listen to the Last Post, bugle pipes blasting away single evening at 20h00, to remember not only the missing soldiers, but also those who found a resting place around the hills of Ypres.

Your guide will tell you may more such interesting and historical anecdotes during our tour. For instance, did you know Ypres is also called 'The city of Cats'? Join this tour to know more!

About this experience
  • Please have a good internet connection and zoom app installed on your phone or laptop
  • The instructions to join the meeting will be sent via email shortly after the booking
Know before you go
  • This tour involves walking to different places; at times the mobile network may be intermittent, and the picture may not be clear. However, we will attempt to minimize such disruptions
  • You can book this tour for 75 EUR for a Group of 3 Screens or as a private tour for 125 EUR and invite up to 10 friends and family to join this activity with you from all over the world. You will see the option to book this experience as a private tour on the checkout page if it is available for that time slot
  • Since these are live tours, they may be subject to last minute cancellation due to inclement weather, Internet disruptions or other unforeseen circumstances.
Meet your Host
Veronica Booysen

I am a qualified tour guide with a specialization in the history of World War I and medieval history of Flanders. I am experienced in alternative city walks covering the history of the reconstruction of the city. I have experience in the specific history of the participation of foreign troops, like the Maori (New Zealand) The Sikhs (India) the Chinese troops, the Tirailleurs Senegalese, The Spahi's (Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco) etc. I am an enthusiastic tour guide with lots of energy and am motivated towards making your experience memorable.

From USD 83 / Group
Important Information
  • Fully refundable in case of any cancellation upto 2 days before the tour.