Ypres and the surrounding area are commonly referred to as Flanders Field. From 1914 to 1918 Flanders Fields was a major battle theatre in the First World War. A million soldiers from more than 50 different countries were wounded, missing or killed in action here. Entire cities and villages were destroyed, their population on the run. Ypres and Passchendaele became worldwide symbols for the senselessness of war. Today, the peaceful region still bears witness to this history in monuments, museums, cemeteries and the countless individual stories that link it with the world.
Today, the landscape of the region still tells the story of the war. It contains hundreds of monuments and cemeteries, which have great historical significance for people from all over the world. Visitors can explore a variety of interactive museums in the area, all bringing different aspects of the conflict to life. Ceremonies like the Last Post and ANZAC Day Ceremonies bring homage to the fallen heroes. Between 2014 to 2018, Flanders will commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the Great War to remember the victims and reflect on peace and understanding.
Most people don’t know that this region can also be a destination for meetings and events. Why not combine a meeting in Ypres with a visit to In Flanders Fields Museum or a tour of the battlefields and cemeteries? It will leave a lasting impression on your delegates.