Nicknamed "Wipers" by the British Soldiers during World War I due to their failure to pronounce its real name, the city of Ypres is a gold mine of history for every inquisitive mind, especially with regard to the World War I. The town was torn to shreds, as it was the center of heated fighting between Germany and its allied forces, but was later rebuilt using the money Germany paid in reparations. Most of the town was built as close as possible to the original plans, especially with regard to the Main Square, which included the very famed Cloth and Town halls.
Currently, the once-war-torn town has graduated into a small city and has been nicknamed the "The City of Peace." It offers plenty to see and do for locals and visitors alike; among them is the restored Cloth Hall that was initially built in the thirteenth century; St. Martin’s Cathedral, built in the thirteenth century and which adopts a Gothic-style architecture; as well as the Menin Gate.
The city also has a great variety of events in which visitors can take part and enjoy that include the Cat Parade, the annual Canoe Polo Tournament, the Belgium Ypres Westhoek Rally (to which Ypres has been home since it was started in the sixties).
With a deep-seated history of the war that makes most of the history of the city and a passionate and friendly population, there is no reason as to why you would not want to visit Ypres. The city has grown by leaps and bounds and has the supporting amenities like accommodation including Ypres hostels. For those looking for a wholesome family experience in a place that is not only passionate but also very a profound and safe area, then there is no better travel destination for you other than Ypres. Not only is it a great destination for its historical demeanor, but there are also plenty of activities in which the entire family can get involved.
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