Ypres is a major city in Flanders and during WW1, control of this city gave control of the surrounding areas. The city was embroiled in the war for over four years and it is hard to imagine that it was razed to the ground and later totally rebuilt. In Ypres you will find numerous reminders of the war including two Commonwealth War Graves Cemeteries, where some of the earliest casualties are buried and two great memorials - The Menin Gate which stands on the site of the old Antwerp Gate and Saint George's Memorial Church. The renovated Cloth Hall, in the scenic square, houses the In Flanders Fields Museum and is definitely worth a visit.