Ypres, the Flemish town is known not only for its traditional charms but for its harrowing past as the site of some of WW1’s most notorious battlefields. You can tour the infamous ‘Flanders Fields’ and its poignant war memorials, cemeteries and museums which mark the outskirts of this now modern town.
Ghent City Centre is Belgium’s best-kept secret. It is a cosmopolitan university city with imposing churches, some of the most beautiful medieval architecture in Europe and top quality museums.
Built in the late 12th century by the Count of Flanders, the dramatic Gravensteen Castle meaning ‘Castle of the Counts’ still looms over the centre of Ghent and remains one of Belgium’s most important medieval castles. It has been the residence of the Counts, a textile plant and even a prison and you can learn about its colourful history by tour.