One hundred years ago, the Anzacs fought in one of the most notorious battles of World War One, the Battle of Passchendaele in Flanders Fields, Belgium. Fought in a muddy quagmire, Australia endured its most tragic period in war time history, suffering 38,000 casualties.
Bonded by this sacrifice, Belgium shares a deep connection with Australia and extends a warm welcome to Australian visitors visiting Flanders Fields on the remembrance trail.
What can visitors expect in Flanders Fields? Today, the peaceful region still bears witness to the history in monuments, museums, cemeteries and the countless individual stories that link it with the world. The charming town of Ypres makes an ideal base for touring the area and is best known for the Menin Gate, where every night at 8pm the Last Post is sounded in a moving ceremony to the fallen.
The captivating medieval cities of Bruges and Ghent are also less than an hour’s drive or train ride away from the former battlefield region, providing an interesting extension into the beautiful region of Flanders in Belgium.
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