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“Dark and Foreboding” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Langemark Cemetery

Langemark Cemetery
Klerkenstraat, Langemark, Belgium
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Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Langemark
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: german WW1 cemetery
Royal Wootton Bassett, United Kingdom
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“Dark and Foreboding”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

I always bring parties to this dark and unwelcoming place to demonstrate the contrast between the CWGC Cemeteries and the German ones. A fascinating and moving experience every time I visit.

Visited September 2013
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Langley City, Canada
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“Somber. Both sides lost too many soldiers.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

The only cemetery in flanders to house the remains of German soldiers, including a large monument/gravestone for the 40,000 unnamed dead. The stones are low-lying to the ground - a requirement for the commonwealth (where all the stones were upright and white). No monuments were put up or glorification of war allowed in the German cemetery. Very sad. Most of those lost were young, and fighting for country, regardless of which side of the war. This cemetery honours its lost in a respectful, quiet and simple manner. Stop and pay your respects.

Visited August 2013
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Victoria, Canada
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“A War with No Winners”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Langemark was the first cemetery we visited on our tour of Flanders Fields and in many respects it was the one I felt honoured most fully to those who rest here. Quiet, dark, hushed -- the call for respect is strong. Low-lying stones ask you to come to them and take in the name or the "no name" in an almost private moment. And then there is the haunting "Four Figures" statue by Emil Krieger pitched at the far back of the cemetery. You can't help but walk out to peer at the faces. The postures are strong but humble, always dutiful. It is less obvious if these are the living watching for their fallen comrades or fallen facing then end, than, say, the Canadian Memorial at St. Julien. With this comes the knowledge that there was great local opposition to maintaining this cemetery on this site and only through great perseverance has the site been established to honour and mark the last resting place of these young men from Germany.

Visited August 2013
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Southend United Kingdom
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“How a war cemetery should be...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

No glorification of war here,dark gloomy and somber. A shame the new 'visitors center' which is a poorly maintained edifice, consisting of a single corridor with extremely poor videos and gloomy music does nothing to explain the horrors that these men endured.

Visited August 2013
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“German Cemetery - WWI Battlefield Trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

Visited here whilst accompanying pupils on a battlefield trip. This cemetery was very hard-hitting due to the stark contrast between it in comparison to the British cemeteries. It contains a mass grave of unknown German soldiers surrounded by a large number of graves. Situated in a dark wood, it is very gloomy and cold whilst badly maintained. This element really shows the difference between the attitude towards German graves compared to the immaculate cemeteries of British soliders. Definitely worth the visit. Be sure to take a jacket as it is cold and windy as soon as you walk in to the cemetery...

Visited June 2013
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