Some tens of thousands of citizens became refugees. Entire cities and villages were destroyed. This year, a hundred years later, we wish to commemorate the victims of this war and condemn senseless war violence. A 4-remembrance project was set up by the Flemish Government: The Great War Centenary.
Various events are organized around the Great War centenary throughout the year and its great time for you and your kids to experience history more closely on a visit to Flanders.
In Flanders Fields Museum
In Flanders Fields Museum takes prime place as a must-see attraction in Ypres. A new permanent exhibition focuses on personal stories of ordinary people and establishes a link to the landscape of the First World War in West Flanders. The museum has doubled in size and now hosts a WWI knowledge centre. More than 2,000 original objects and documents are on display and visitors can follow four personal stories through interactive kiosks.
New scenography highlights the most recent museum applications, including touch screens, interactive poppy bracelet, video projection and soundscapes. Everything contributes to a rich experience and submerses visitors in life on the front. In addition, visitors can now climb the bell tower for an extraordinary view of what was once a completely devastated region.
Educational Experience trail for children: Antwerp builds bridges 1914 - 2014
In the Vleeshuis Museum children and students can follow an informative and interactive trail, encountering obstacles to peace along the way. By completing tasks together and searching for materials, they literally build a bridge across a war zone so that they can safely cross a world full of conflict. The task requires thought and consideration and is a fulfilling experience. Topics covered include threats, power, life during the occupation, refugees, animals in wartime, communication and collaboration.
The experience trail welcomes schools and youth clubs, and is targeted towards 11- and 12-year olds. Max: 25 children per group.
Till October 03, 2014
Activities with children
Castle of the counts, Ghent
Discover your inner knight in the halls and dungeons of the Castle of the Counts, but don't let the torture rooms scare you! The view from the top of the castle is magical.
The Antwerp Zoo is the oldest and largest in Europe, housing more than 4000 animals. Right across the street from the Zoo, you can visit the underwater world of Aquatopia.
The Atomium of Brussels was built for the expo in 1958 and still is Brussels landmark. With its 9 spheres, it represents an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times. Take the stairs or just ride the elevator to the top and enjoy the spectacular view over Brussels.
The Medieval Belfry on the Grand Place used to be an observation tower. Climb the 366 stairs to reach the top and see the breathtaking city of Bruges.
Belgian comic strip museum
The stripmuseum is one of the top attractions in Belgium. Each year it receives 200,000 visitors. Children and adults alike can spend hours there perusing the comic books. With a visit to the museum, you won't only know everything there is to know about Belgian comics, you'll also revel in the architectural beauty of the old Waucquez warehouses, a remarkable construction from 1906 by the famous architect Victor Horta. With its constantly changing temporary and permanent exhibitions, this museum will never bore you. You'll find all your heroes there: from Kuifje (Tin Tin) to the Smurfs to Bollie and Billie.
Chocolate and Frietmuseum
Chocolate museum: Have you always wanted to know more about your favorite treat? Visit choco-story and learn how chocolate is made. If you're you still hungry, you can head over to the Frietmuseum and learn about our national dish: Belgian Fries. Afterwards you can treat yourself to some fries at a local 'frietkot'.
Brussels Walking Tour with Chocolate Tasting
Discover most of Brussels in less than
2 hours, including free chocolate tasting!
- No reservation needed, just show up at the meeting point at 2:30 PM
- Daily tours are conducted in English
- Only 10 Euros
Brussels Hop on - Hop Off Tour
Marvel at the best of Brussels from an open-top double-decker bus. You have the option to hop-on and off as many times as you like at any of the 12 stops for your own sightseeing. The bus departs every 30 minutes and tickets are valid for 24 hours after first use.
Discover Ghent by water! De Bootjes van Gent-Rederij Dewaele organize a historical cruise through the medieval center of town, a historical cruise through the entire city, a discovery ride along lesser known spots (only during the Gentse Feesten or Ghent Festival) and a number of theme evening cruises only for groups. There's no better way to see the silent witnesses of Ghent's prestigious and glorious past: the beautiful house fronts of the Graslei, the old meat-market, the rugged and steep walls of the Castle of Counts. You'll surely go home with beautiful memories of Ghent. A cruise lasts 40 to 90 minutes and can be conducted in French, Dutch, English or German.
Bruges by hot air balloon - Bruges ballooning
With Bruges Ballooning you can discover the city out of a hot air balloon. A morning flight (champagne breakfast included) or an evening flight (champagne, snacks and beer included) lasts three hours, of which at least one is spent up in the air!
On request only. Reservation for a balloon trip on the day itself is however possible until a few hours before departure.