If you are looking for ideas of either a day trip or longer stay then our twin town of Poperinge has plenty to offer:
Talbot House Throughout the First World War, the small town of Poperinge (or "Pops" as many soldiers called it) was used as a gateway for Allied soldiers to the battlefields of the Ypres Salient. One of the most unique WW1 sites in Flanders has to be Talbot House. Talbot House was an 'Everyman's club' meaning that soldiers of any rank could visit and enjoy a welcome respite from the horrors of war, which was somewhat unique at the time.
Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery During the war, Lijssenthoek functioned as one of the largest evacuation hospitals and went on to become the second largest Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery in Belgium.
Hop Museum Poperinge Due to the copper needed both in brewing and weapons manufacture, many breweries were destroyed by German forces in WW1 and their metals seized for weaponry. Thankfully, some breweries in the area survived and Poperinge is today known as the hop capital of Flanders. You can learn all about the history of brewing in the area and taste the beer in the Hop Museum in Poperinge.
Follow the stories of the Australian regiments in Flanders Fields This suggested itinerary allows visitors to retrace the steps of Australian soldiers in the First World War.