Our battlefield tours

Battlefield Exploration offers a range of battlefield tours, either focusing on specific themes or on specific areas.

> Highlights of the Ypres Salient
> The Messines Ridge Experience
> The Menin Road Experience
> ANZAC Experience
> Canadian Experience
> Irish Experience
> Behind the Front Experience

> 1st Battle of Ypres (1914)
> 2nd Battle of Ypres (1915)
> 3rd Battle of Ypres (1917)
> 4th Battle of Ypres (1918)

The Messines Ridge Experience

The Messines Ridge is the southern part of the greater Ypres Salient, the frontline that swirls around the city of Ypres. It was here that in 1917 the troops of General Sir Herbert Plumer managed to gain the biggest victory of the war in the Ypres Salient. As a prelude to the Battle of Passchendaele it was highly successful because of the new kind of warfare: on a large scale undermining the German lines...

From Ypres we drive to Kemmel, where we get an introduction on the famous Mine battle of Messines. It shows us how and where the tunnelers dug their shafts and how the Germans reacted to their digging. Next, we visit the Pool of Peace, the largest mine crater on the western front, and pay our respects to those killed in action on the 7th of June 1917 on Spanbroekmolen Cemetery. Via Petit Bois, the site where the Irish MP Willie Redmond got shot, we reach Bayern Wald. Fom Wijtschaete we continue to Messines, where we visit the Australian Memorial and the Island of Ireland Peace Park. On the way back to Ypres we visit Oosttaverne Military Cemetery and the St Eloi craters.
> 3 hour tour: € 35,- p.p.

Entrance fee to Bayern Wald (€ 5) not included.

Ideally the tour starts from Ypres at 9 am or 1.30 pm. Other departures are also possible, but depend on the opening times of the Kemmel Visitor Centre and the Bayern Wald site.