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Ypres and the Great War

Ypres Salient Autoroute

The Ypres Salient (known as the Ieperboog in Flemish) was a bulge in the front line. The Germans occupied the ridges which formed a semi-circle around the city of Ieper. This put the British at a disadvantage, since they were overlooked on three sides from this high ground. This was an area of repeated savage fighting, since it was one of the most vulnerable sectors of the front: a breakthrough here could have had disastrous consequences for either side. The route takes you to all the most important sites and monuments on the old battlefields, as well as telling the stories of John Mc Crae, George Guynemer, Passendale, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Hill 60...

The route also offers you a pleasing introduction to the nature and landscape of the region.
Signposted

Starting Point: Railway Station Ypres

Distance: 70 km

Price: € 6.00 - Available in Tourist Office Ieper