Hooge Crater museum, Ieper (Ypres)

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Located near the Hooge Crater, Hooge Crater museum commemorates the battle that formed this artificial topography. First British troops blasted a German bastion with 1,700 kg (3,748 lbs) of dynamite, and then the Allied forces attacked the remaining German troops inside the crater. The chapel housing the museum was originally built to honor the battle's fallen soldiers, but later fell into disrepair. A family purchased the property and in 1993 restored the chapel as a privately managed museum. Browse the museum's collection including weaponry, mortar shells, rare uniforms, and supplies donated by individuals and families, as well as an archival film of soldiers at Hooge. An on-site cafe offers Flemish specialties; check out the collection of "trench art"--chiseled shell cases. Use our Ieper (Ypres) trip planner to visit Hooge Crater museum on your trip to Ieper (Ypres), and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Has great museum and restaurant with a little bit of a trench at the back there is a small area of things to buy like t shirts, pin badges etc  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    The museum Hooge Crater is a small well-organized museum but an absolute must when you explore this environment. It has a collection of found objects and ammunition dating from the WWI. In addition, it is decorated with various scenes. For a small price worth a visit!
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  • August 11, 2017
    The museum is one of the best on the Western Front. The adjoining cafe is staffed by pleasant and friendly people.  more »
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  • June 9, 2017
    Vast amount of artifacts. Cafe serves snacks and hot / cold drinks. Toilets inside but these can get busy if large groups are visiting. Seating inside and outside. Beautiful CWGC cemetery over the road. New restored trenches behind the museum as well.
  • July 4, 2017
    Nice little museum. Quite small, an feels a bit claustrophobic at times. The museum cafe had amazing pate though.
  • October 23, 2016
    Perfect deal. For 11€ you get the museum+soft drink+huge sandwich. The museum is old school (no computer crap) filled to the throat with relics from WW1. In addiyion, the place is filled with private collection level rare exhibits that I have never seen in quality or quantity in any WW1 war museum this far.
  • May 23, 2017
    Good Museum with good food available in house.
  • April 12, 2017
    Amazing place fantastic collection of war memorabilia

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As a small town, Ieper provides most of its accommodations in the city center within walking distance from the central train station and the main tourist attractions. You'll find mostly mid-range hotels nestled in the historical center, which is contained by a ring of canals snaking their way around the city's core. With only a modest array of choices, the majority of places to stay are small mid-range hotels or bed and breakfasts.
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