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. Plan to visit Hooge Crater museum during your Ieper (Ypres) vacation using our convenient Ieper (Ypres) trip itinerary planner.
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  • The museum covers the WW1 events of the fruitily of trench warfare with the Allies and Germans represented. Mini scenarios are dotted within the museum along with a vast array of different weapon art ...  more »
  • We visited here with my two children (6,14) and found it to be a very informative and interesting small museum. It is full of lots of exhibits, many owned by private collectors and los of photos which...  more »
  • Well furnished museum; Surely belongs to the better war museums around Ypres. Very friendly and helpful. Take the time to the craters in the vicinity (one makes you do find your way in the museum) and the opposite cemetery, you double-click in the museum go for a snack and a drink.
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  • 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.
  • Nice little museum. Quite small, an feels a bit claustrophobic at times. The museum cafe had amazing pate though.
  • 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.
  • Good Museum with good food available in house.
  • Amazing place fantastic collection of war memorabilia

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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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