Sanctuary Wood, Ieper (Ypres)

Honoring the Canadian troops who fought at Ypres Salient in World War I, Sanctuary Wood marks the spot where the troops executed their first planned offensive against German troops. During the attack the Canadians regained territory at the top of the hill, denying the German troops a view of Ypres. Located just outside the city, terraced gardens lead up to the a gray stone block that bears the Canadian insignia. Walk up to the monument for an excellent view over the town and the landscaped gardens. Put Sanctuary Wood on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Ieper (Ypres) day trip planner.
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  • We were looking forward to this visit as we understood it would be showing realistic trench life related to an important battle. After seeing the quality of other museums we were disappointed by how t...  more »
  • Sanctuary Wood is where one of the most bloodiest battles took place but now it is back to a beautiful wood with large trees. It is very peaceful. There is an interesting museum there with lots of pho...  more »
  • Relatively large area with trenches that you can lose. "However, Lacks information. Also a museum that you have to go through to get out on the field. Even this bad information, mostly a bunch of objects bills.
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  • This is an incredible experience. The collection of WWI artifacts, war art and trenches is simply amazing. The family and this museum is truly a credit to our remembrance of the First World War. Thank you for providing such an unforgettable experience. My students from years past still rave about visiting this site.

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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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