Tuesday, September 19

Ypres, Belgium

Bike With Us: Ypres

Tyne Cot Memorial Wall
An Unforgettable Experience:
Spend the Afternoon where the 20th Century Began,
The Battlefields of Ypres
Democrats Abroad Belgium will be hosting a bicycle tour around Ypres next Tuesday, Sept. 19 as part of its 2nd Annual Tour de Belgique.  
Join us beginning at 11:30 at the Biking Bar in downtown Ypres, where we'll pick up our E-bikes. The approximately 4-hour planned itinerary includes:
  • Hill 60 and the Caterpillar Crater: A powerful reminder of the Battle of the Mining on June 7, 1917, showcasing the devastating impact of war on the landscape.
  • Hill 62: The Canadian Memorial, a symbol of the birth of a nation, commemorating the valiant contributions of Canadian forces during World War I.
  • Passages Blackwatch Corner and Hooge: Witness the remnants of German trenches and bunkers, with historical significance dating back to 11/11/1914.
  • Brothers In Arms Memorial and De Dreve Lunch Stop: A quaint cafe and one man's personal WW1 museum make this an unusual place of remembrance and reflection, offering a 30-minute break for a picnic and refreshment.
  • French Cemetery St. Charles de Potyze: A poignant sight with Muslim gravestones alongside Christian crosses, symbolizing diverse backgrounds united in sacrifice.
  • Lapidarium nearby St. Martin's Cathedral: The Ground Zero in Ypres, where the war story of Ypres is vividly introduced, recounting the city's profound wartime history.
  • Menin Gate: Currently undergoing renovations, it stands as a solemn Peace Memorial, honoring the brave souls who served during World War I. This is the location of The Last Post, a memorial to the fallen that has occurred with rare interruptions every night at 8 p.m.
We anticipate returning around 4:15, and those needing to depart should be able to do around 4:30. For those staying for The Last Post, feel free to enjoy the Biking Bar or a downtown restaurant until the 8 pm ceremony.
Cost: 35 Euros for E-bike rental and tour. Lunch is on your own at De Dreve, which should be under 20 Euros per person. To RSVP, click here.


Tuesday, September 19, 2023 at 12:00 PM Brussels Time


Biking Box
Menenstraat 15
Ypres 8900
Google map and directions


Jeffrey Edison
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Will you come?