Antwerp, The Yser (IJzer) Battlefields & Belgian Coast, Belgium

Images of sites to visit on the Yser battlefield.


The low-lying Yser plain, prone to flooding but deliberately flooded in 1914.
Flooded landscape on the Yser/IJzer plain.

Battles of Antwerp, the Yser (IJzer) & the Belgian Coast

Battle Remains

Dodengang Preserved Trench System
Dodengang/Trench of Death & Interpretation Centre, Dixmuide

The site of the Breendonk Fort at Antwerp is open to visitors:

Fortress of Breendonk National Memorial

A site on the banks of the IJzer/Yser Canal has remains of original, preserved trenches:

Dodengang/Trench of Death

Monuments & Memorials

King Albert I Monument
King Albert I Monument, Nieuwpoort

A number of Belgian and British monuments and memorials commemorate battles and the people, both military and civilian, who defended this battle sector during 1914-1918:

Monuments & Memorials on the Antwerp, Yser/IJzer Battlefields & Belgian Coast


Ramscappelle Belgian Military Cemetery
Ramskapelle Belgian Military Cemetery

Military cemeteries in this sector are for Belgian, British & Commonwealth and German casualties who died in the Yser battlefield area from 1914 to 1918.

WW1 Cemeteries on the Yser Battlefields & Belgian Coast


IJzertoren Museum & Monument
IJzertoren - The Yser Tower

The First World War museums in this sector range from interpretation centres at the site of a battle to a museum in a tower overlooking the Yser sector.

WW1 Museums on the Yser Battlefields & Belgian Coast


For visitors wanting to stay in the area on a short break or longer holiday see our suggested accommodation:


Tourist Offices

Discover other local attractions in the Belgian coastal region see our page listing the area's tourist offices.

Tourist Offices


The Ganzepoot (Goosefoot) Lock, Nieuwpoort, was opened in October 1914 to flood the low-lying land and stop the German advance.
Ganzepoot lock system at Nieuwpoort

Location and brief description of the main towns in the region of this battlefield.


Related Topic

Replica trenches can be visited at the Memorial Museum Passchendaele, Zonnebeke in the Ypres Salient.
Replica trenches at Memorial Museum Passchendaele, Zonnebeke

The battlefields of the Ypres Salient in West Flanders are a short drive from the Yser/IJzer battlefield area. There are numerous museums, memorials and cemeteries to be visited.

Visiting the Ypres Salient Battlefields