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“Yser tower”
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World War I Battlefields Tour of Flanders from Brussels
Ranked #2 of 19 things to do in Diksmuide
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45 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Yser tower”
Reviewed March 22, 2014

Excellent 22 floor museum starting at the top and working down. Well set out, views are glorious from the viewing platform.

Visited March 2014
Thank Jim D
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English first
Level 6 Contributor
145 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Stunning views”
Reviewed December 6, 2013

This museum is a bit of a mix of Flemish nationalism and WW1. You start by going through a mock up trench and then on through the ruins of the original tower.

Once you get into the new tower, you take the lift right to the top, which has stunning views over Flanders.

You then work you way down to the bottom of the tower and the musuem is on the various floors as you descend.

I found the museum to be quite informative, and consider it worth a visit for the views alone.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank DorsetBert
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Orpington, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Fantastic view from the top”
Reviewed October 24, 2013

If you have a head for heights take the lift and stairway to the top of the Tower for a brilliant view of Flanders.

Visited September 2013
Thank Tony B
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Stevenage, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Great views, fantastic musuem”
Reviewed August 30, 2013

The Ijzertower is located on the outskirts of the small town of Diksmuide located between Ieper, Verne, and Brugge. When approaching the town, the tower can’t be missed as it can be seen for some distance as all the surrounding area is very flat. I knew nothing of the tower but I learnt a lot whilst on my visit there in September 2012. To get to the tower, there is a train station near Diksmuide on the De Panne-Brussels line, but it is easier to drive, and parking is next to the river Ijzer near the tower. There is no road signs for the tower, but it is easy to find the place, just use common sense.

It cost me €7 to enter the grounds and to go up the tower. After going through the ticket hall/gift shop, and walking through a wall made of sandbags, and walking over a roped footbridge and dodging the killer ducks, I came to the old Ijzertower which was built in 1928. Today it stands in ruins after a attack on the tower in 1945 by the Nazi Germans. The old tower was built to commemorate the Flemish soldiers who died during the First World War and because they didn’t get any respect, got loads of abuse and humiliated by the French soldiers and the French-speaking government at the time. The organisation to give the Flemish soldiers respect became one of the oldest and largest peace gathering movements in Europe and hold the principle motto ‘Peace, Freedom, Tolerance’.

Where the remains of the first tower are, the ‘Gateway of Peace’ was built in 1950 and has audio commentary of how the tower came about and the Flemish organisation came about burring out of the speaker system. A short walk from the ‘Gateway of Peace’ is the present day Ijzertower which commenced building in 1951 and finished in 1965. The height of the tower is 84m high.

Inside the entrance of the tower is another gift shop, a small cafe (which wasn’t open when I visited) and toilets. Behind the front desk is a chapel with stained glass windows, and a auditorium. The first point of call is to go up the elevator right to the top where I entered a room with windows all around me to get views of the surrounding area. The windows were dirty so I couldn’t get a good photo shot of the town of Diksmuide down below. Feeling really disappointed, I went to the staircase to head down, when I noticed I could also go upstairs to another level. Here I found a door which lead me out onto the top of the tower. With no windows, it was the perfect place to get photo shots of the area (but be really careful here, there is no barrier around the edge, so you could fall off especially on a windy day). Then it was time to head back downstairs to which there is a museum to walk through. Floors 24 to 14 is all about the Flanders region in the First World War, floors 13 to 9 is all about the region in the Second World War, floors 8 to 7 is all about Flanders in a confederal Belgium (boring stuff to me), floors 6 to 4 is all about the animals in the war, floor 3 & 2 is about life at the front line and under the ground (more First World War stuff), and last of all on floor one is some artwork done by soldiers and local artists. The problem with this museum is most of it is in Flemish/Dutch language and very little information in French, English and German.

In all I enjoyed my short visit to the tower and to do everything, it will take two-three hours, but I crammed everything into 90 minutes. If you are in the area and interested in world war history or just want to get a good view of the area, I highly recommend visiting the Ijzertower.

Visited September 2012
1 Thank Daniel Raymond B
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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
114 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“overview of the area”
Reviewed August 25, 2013

Literally an overview of the area from a tall and very ugly tower. The information about WW1 in this area (largely belgian soldiers were fighting here) was interesting, but the main emphasis of the exhibits seemed to be to show how the Flemish people in Belgium were mistreated by the French group, and to promote Flemish rights. This may be a real issue still in Belgium, but it seemed somehow to counter the expressed objective of the place which was to promote peace. I left rather confused.

Visited August 2013
2 Thank Janet H
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