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Hill 60

Ieper (Ypres), Belgium
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Ranked #11 of 31 attractions in Ieper (Ypres)
Type: Historic Sites
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bristol
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

The quantity of shell craters and mine depressions is awe inspiring for such a quiet rural location. To think that so many lives were lost in such a condensed area for military possession defies belief. Quiet tranquillity in stark contrast to the violence that occurred here is in itself a thoughtful reqiuem

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Pelham, New York
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116 reviews 116 reviews
25 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Stopped by here during our guided tour of Ypres. Incredible history. Well worth stopping by. Can get crowded with tour buses and children.

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Antwerp, Belgium
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

nice place to visit. this time we visited it with a guide, all makes more sense now. always nice to know from where they started the tunnels.

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Wimborne Saint Giles, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

This site has hardly been touched and so the gentle undulations hint at what must have gone on here and worth a few minutes walking around but it is tough going if your mobility is not so good.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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65 reviews 65 reviews
52 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

It's very hard to grasp what happened here. It brings it all to reality, a really good sight to see and educational. Recommend it.

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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

Frightening to realise what went on beneath your feet, as well as the surviving craters from shells etc there is also the vast explosion from the brave tunnellers from both sides who were constantly trying to undermine each other. Seems so peaceful now but what a waste of human lives ....

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Perth Australia
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83 reviews 83 reviews
65 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

Hill 60 Preserved Battlefield Hill 60 came about from the discarded diggings of a rail line. The diggings formed 3 small rises one of these is Hill 60, and another is The Caterpillar. The area was captured and lost a number of times by both sides. Tunneling under the enemy and detonating trench lines formed part of warfare. In appalling... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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120 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

If you visit this area you approach it from the other side to the town and it is a lot easier to access. It is a very busy and crowded place even at this time of the year. Before we went we read a book on the planning and aftermath of Hill 60. To see the crater caused by the... More

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Comet, Qld
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163 reviews 163 reviews
107 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

Impossible to imagine today the importance of this little mound of earth. To call it a "hill" is surely an exaggeration. And yet it was, apparently, worth so many lives. It is being preserved as far as possible in the same state, so there are craters, lumps and bumps in the landscape. To walk around this small and, seemingly, insignificant... More

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Dorset
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71 reviews 71 reviews
38 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

No matter how much you read beforehand, it is only when you finally get here that you can even start to try to put into perspective what you have read. It is fascinating to walk around, yet quite horrendous to think that it is basically a mass grave, and how futile it all was. Another very humbling experience on the... More

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