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Visit the battle fields and the Yser front line during the commemoration weekend organized by the MG CAR CLUB BELGIUM

“Yser Frontline” & “Ypres Salient” tour

Saturday 3rd May 2014: Nieuwpoort

9.00 – 12.00
Registration of participants
12.00 - 18.00
Memorial route Nieuwpoort
  • Albert I monument
  • Guided tour lock complex
  • Explanation on the inundation
  • Ancient railway embankment acting as water buffer during the flooding
  • Museum Old Vicarage of Ramskapelle
  • Obersvation post Old Railway station
21.00
Meet & Greet
22.30
Dancing fountains with laser show music & fireworks.

Nieuwpoort, situated on the estuary of the Yser, is a historical town! It was totally destroyed both during WWI & WWII, but has been rebuild stone by stone to its original condition. Nieuwpoort, called the Monte Carlo of the Belgian Coast, is a city in expansion where the yachting marina, the harbour channel and the fish market figure as main public attractions.

Nieuwpoort, located along the E40 (Calais-Brussel), has a fluent access from Calais (France: 80km), Dunkerque (France: 35km), Ostend (Belgium: 25km) and Zeebrugge (Belgium: 50km).

Sunday 4th May 2014: starting point Nieuwpoort

We start off between 08.00 – 09.00 am for the Ysertour along the Yser Frontline and the Ypres Salient.

On this 89km long ride lots of historical memorial sites and museums can be visited:

Nieuwpoort-St.-Joris
Military Road Cemetery
Diksmuide
Trench of Death
Yser Tower
Steenstraete
Explanation on the gas attacks
Memorial Monument
Boezinge
Site John McCrae
Essex Farm Cemetery
Yorkshire Trench & Dug-Out
Pilkem Ridge
The most symbolic battlefield of WWI
Langemark
Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof
St.-Juliaan Ieper
Canadian Forces Memorial
Poelkapelle
Guynemer Monument
Britisch Cemetery
Zonnebeke
Tyne Cot Cemetery
Road to Passchendaele
Memorial Museum Passchendaele
Polygoon Wood
Zillebeke
Hill 62 & Sanctuary Wood
Hill 60
Ieper
French Military Cemetary
St.- Charles de Potyze
Museum “In Flanders Field

We end the day in grateful remembrance in Ypres where we can attend the deeply moving ceremony of the “Last Post” at 20.00 pm under the vast arch of the Menin Gate.

Before giving details of the 3rd day, we would like to advise the participants of the following:

In case you choose the 2-day formula, we have provided a police escort to Nieuwpoort after the ceremony of the Last Post. This way you can book all your hotel accomodation in Nieuwpoort or in the vicinity.

Please note that in case you opt for the 3-day event, you have to arrange your own hotel accommodation on sunday evening in Ypres or the proximity.

Monday 5th May 2014

On this third day there is a choice between two possible routes :

Choice 1: Crater and Mine route

Wijtschate
Battle of the mines
Pool of Peace
Bayernwald
Mesen
Irish Peace Park
New Zealand Monument
Messines Ridge Monument
Monument Samuel Frickleton
Kemmel
Visitor’s center “De Bergen”
Kemmel shelter
Poperinge
Talbot House
Death row and execution pole

Choice 2: German Hinterlandroute

Moorslede
War monument
Hooglede
German Military cemetary
Houthulst
Battle for the forest
Vladslo
German cemetary
Koekelare
Käthe Kollwitz tower
Lange Max
Keiem
Nieuwpoort

So far the summary of the International Commemoration weekend of WWI in the Westhoek on 3rd-4th & 5th of May 2014.

Due to the various options (2 or 3 days participation, two alternatives of routes on the 3rd day) it is not possible to make hotel bookings by way of the organisation.
That is why we communicate the programme in this early stage, to give you the opportunity to make your hotel reservations at your own convenience.

Albert I Monument

Ijzertoren

Tyne Cot Cemetary

Last Post

Pool of Peace

Käthe Kollwitz Tower

Talbot House