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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  • 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 »
  • 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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  • 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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  • An amazing place. Loved the History, made me feel humble to all the people that lost their lives for my freedom.. Food and Beverage in the little Cafe were excellent. The Memorial across the road touches the heart.
  • An astonishing museum, and privately owned too. No interactive cartoon characters, just real objects from the surrounding area, and very clearly laid out. Totally recommended. I was so impressed, when I left I donated an amount equal to my entrance fee.
  • Really well presented museum covering the fighting on the Belgium front. Well worth a visit as there is the Hooge crater trench area next door.
  • Visit this regular as a Battlefield Guide. Niek and his family really look after visitors and it's a superb museum with an excellent cafe. Best lunch in the Ypres Salient! New trenches also great!
  • A very interesting place to visit with a multitude of related activities in the immediate area.

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Where to stay in Ieper (Ypres)

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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