Located near the border with France, Ypres (Ieper) was, during the Middle Ages, one of the main centers for the textile trade of Belgium, at the time Ypres rivaled in splendor and power with the nearby cities of Ghent and Bruges. Largely destroyed in the First World War, Ypres was faithfully rebuilt and restored and many of its old buildings restored to their former glory. The most beautiful building in the city is the Lakenhalle, which overlooks the equally splendid Grote Markt, inside a splendid museum dedicated to the First World War, a must-see. The 17th century Town Hall and the ancient cathedral of Sint-Maarten en Sint-Niklaaskerk also overlook the square. Also worth visiting are the remains of the ancient walls and fortifications of the city. In recent years the Ypres Christmas Market, together with the famous ice rink, have become one of the main attractions of the Christmas period in the town of Ypres. During Christmas the whole city is lit up and festively decorated.
YPRES CHRISTMAS MARKET
1) Ypres Christmas Market (Kerstmarkt Ieper). The Ypres Christmas Market usually takes place in the historic Grote Markt square, the most evocative square in this Flanders town. The Christmas market is made up of around 25 wooden stalls that display and sell typical Christmas products. In the same square as the Christmas market there is usually a nice ice skating rink, together with the ice skating rink a great variety of entertainment shows are usually organised, which will make your visit to the Ypres Christmas market even more enjoyable .