Bayernwald German Trenches, Wijtschate, Ypres Salient

Bayernwald German Trench System at Wijtschate
Trench system at Bayernwald.
Trench system at Bayernwald

The Bayernwald Trenches are a carefully restored section of an original German trench system dating from 1916. The reconstruction was carried out in the original trench section under archaeological conditions.

The trench system allows visitors to walk through a significant area of German trenches, which include the following features:

Visitor Information

Shelter building containing information panels.
Bayernwald trenches display building

There are a number of display panels in the area of the trenches and in the small shelter building on the site, which give an overview of the site and which explain some of the trench features in more detail.

There is a bronze diorama of the 7th June 1917 Battle of Messines to help visitors with their orientation at the site.

Access to Bayernwald Trenches

Trenches at Bayernwald
Trench system at Bayernwald

For the protection of the site access to the Bayernwald trenches is by ticket only. The trenches are located inside a secure perimeter fence and gateway. The entrance system has a scanner which reads a barcode and each visitor must have a ticket.

Details for access (valid for 2013 & 2014) are as follows:

Tickets can be purchased from the Tourist Office in Kemmel village or enquiries can be made by telephone and email:

Address: Dienst voor Toerisme, Sint - Laurentiusplein 1, 8950 Heuvelland (Kemmel)


Telephone: +32 (0)57 45 04 55


Kemmel Tourist Office Opening Hours:

Summer from 1 April to and including 15 November:

Winter from 16 November to and including 31 March:

Location of Bayernwald Trenches

The trench system is located off Vierstraat on the Voormezelestraat, which is a single track tarmac no-through road to the north of the village of Wijtschate (formerly called Wytschaete).

Related Topics

Battlefield Remains in the Ypres Salient

The concrete bunker at the Hill 60 Memorial Site, Zillebeke.
Bunker at Hill 60

To see a list of other battle remains in the Ypres area available for public access or to be seen from a public place, see our page at:

Battlefield Remains in the Ypres Salient