If you visit Ypres and are new to battlefield visits, I would strongly advise to start at this location. The museum's location on the Menin Road at Hooge 4 km east of Ieper,is idealy situated to gain an understanding of the conflict and the aftermath. There is plenty to see in the small museum, with the photographs and maps in particular giving a feel for what it was like nearly 100 years ago. From outside you can look back down the slope towards the spires of Ypres to get an understanding of the German;s viewpoint and how they had a major advantage of the high ground. Next door about 100 metres up the slope is the Kasteel t'hof Hotel and tea room. Enter the driveway and bear left. There is a gate with an honesty box 1euro enry. This leads to the local jewel, a series of water filled craters, blockhouses, ammunition and trench systems which you can explore. Back to the Museum cafe for coffee/lunch etc, then cross the road to the aptly named Hooge Crater Cemetery, which contains 5923 burials, 3579 which are unknown.This is a very photogenic cemetery especially from the bottom or at sunrise/sunset. The extras above help make the Museum an ideal location. Be careful though crossing the road, the cars heading towards Ieper really do come over the ridge very fast at times.
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