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LEPER

Ieper, nicknamed "kattenstad" or city of cats, came under heavy fire during World War I for four long years. As a result, the city now offers a quaint mix of recent structures and war monuments.

The Cat Parade
Author: Toerisme Vlaanderen Copyright Toerisme Vlaanderen

The Lakenhalle (Drapers' Hall) and Town Hall, both on Oude Markt , make up an interesting ensemble, not least for their unique pointed-arch gallery. The newly founded World War I memorial museum In Flanders Fields is housed here. The museum was inaugurated in 1998 and features the use of modern techniques recreating the history of the "Great War". The scenes depicting the ravages of the War stand as a staunch reminder of the sheer insanity of all wars.

The Cloth Hall
Author: D. de Kievith Copyright Toerisme Vlaanderen

Every three years, Ieper stages its traditional Kattenstoet, a colourful procession which culminates with the Kattenworp (literally "cat throwing").

In nearby Zillebeke, the Bellewaerde amusement park provides you with the option of a carefree day out with its numerous theme attractions.






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Festivals & Events


Jan Van Eyck and the Mediterranean World
24 March - June

The first exhibition dedicated to early Netherlandisch painting and its influence on the Southern European art scene of its days looks at works commissioned from Jan Van Eyck and other Flemish Primitives working abroad. Major works from all over Europe will be brought together in one of the finest museums in Bruges.


Brussel jubel park
Author: d. de Kievith
Toerisme Vlaanderen

The Brueghel Enterprise
22. March - 23. June 2002

The exhibition will bring together about forty paintings by this artist who is well-known for having made an abundant number of copies after the works by his father Pieter Bruegel the Elder. The exhibition aims to juxtapose different versions of the same composition and to study and analyse them with state-of-the-art laboratory techniques. It will be the first time ever that such an important number of versions is gathered. The exhibition is designed around four themes, each of them centred on a reference work: Census in Bethlehem, Winter Landscape with Bird Trap, The Adoration of the Magi in the Snow and The Farmer’s Advocate.


Brugge lace-maker
Author: d. de Kievith
Toerisme Vlaanderen

Adriaan Brouwer Beer Festival

Yearly festival on the market square of the beautiful town of Oudenaarde.
Tel: (32-55) 31-7251


Brussel Grand Place
Author: d. de Kievith
Toerisme Vlaanderen

Jazz Brugge 2002
August - 15-18

De Werf's European Jazz Festival is to be held alternating with the Middelheim festival, i.e. every second year. Its venue will be the newly built, for the Brugge 2002 festivities, concert centre, a modern building with the largest stage in Belgium and capacity of 1400 seats. Its emphasis will be on European jazz and artists. There will be 3 to 4 groups per day, concerts starting around 15h and ending at 23h.


Brugge scenic view
Author: d. de. Kievith
Toerisme Vlaanderen

Diamon Museum - Antwerp

Where the entire process of diamond mining and processing can be viewed.. Antwerp is the very centre of the world's diamond industry. More than 70% of the world's diamonds are cut, polished and traded here.


Brussel procession
Author: A. Koprianov
Toerisme Vlaanderen

The Royal Greenhouses
April 19 - May 5

The Royal Greenhouses in Laeken cover six acres of neo-classical rotundas, domes and galleries. Twenty full time gardeners tend the giant ferns, fruit-bearing banana trees, grottoes, glades and grassy vistas. Highlights include the Azalea House, the rotunda, a colony of birds and the orange trees. Walkways are filled with climbing geraniums and fuschias, whose blossoms form an overhead canopy. The visit ends with a short walk through the Royal Park.


Brussel Grand'Place flowers
Author: J. J. Soenen
Toerisme Vlaanderen

The Abbey of Villers-la-Ville
The Cistercian Abbey dates back to the 12th century. In the 19th century, a large number of artists, painters and writers, such as Victor Hugo, were attracted by the beauty of the majestic ruins, which are still sometimes used as a dramatic setting for French drama and classical concerts.


Oostende Mercator
Author: d. de Kievith
Toerisme Vlaanderen




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