Bayernwald (Bayern Wood)

Bayernwald is situated 40 metres above sea level and was therefore of strategic and military importance during the war. Hills and high ground allowed better observation of your opponent's positions. This made it possible to direct the fire of your artillery more accurately. it was also easier to defend your own trenches, since your enemy always had to attack uphill. This explains why French and Bavarian troops fought so hard in November 1914 to capture this site. The Germans were victorious, and renamed the locality Bayernwald. Between November 1914 and the summer of 1917, they converted the site into a near-impregnable fortress. What is left today is about 10% of the 1917 defences.

The site can be visited since 2004 (see further on this page for the entrance tickets):

  • 300 metres of restorated trenches
  • 4 German WWI bunkers
  • 2 listening shafts

Attention: tickets are not availabla at the location!

Opening hours:

Open daily from 0900 until 1800.

Closing days 2018: 

vrij 17/08, vrij 24/08, vrij 31/08, zat 15/09, zat 22/09, zat 29/09, zat 27/10, zat 10/11, zat 1/12, zat 8/12, zat 22/12, di 25/12, woe 26/12, di 1/01/19, woe 2/01/19 en zat 5/01/19

Entrance prices:

  • individual ticket: €4 pp
  • youngsters < 26: € 1,50 pp
  • children younger then 8: free entrance
  • teachers: free entrance (with groups)
  • groups from 20p: €2,50 pp

A guided visit at the trenches can be asked to toerisme@heuvelland.be

Tickets available:

  • Tourist Office, Visitors Centre 'Het Heuvelland'
    Sint-Laurentiusplein 1, Kemmel
    From 16.11.17 untill 31.03.18 the Tourist Office is closed on Mondays to purchase the tickets
  • Bakkery Pauwelyn, Dries 9, Kemmel
  • Saint-Hubert, Sint-Medardusplein 17, Wijtschate
  • Appetijtje, Sint-Medardusplein 4, Wijtschate
  • Tourism Ieper, Markt 34, Ieper

  • From 1 January 2018 tot 31 December 2019
  • Monday
  • 09:00 until 18:00
  • Tuesday
  • 09:00 until 18:00
  • Wednesday
  • 09:00 until 18:00
  • Thursday
  • 09:00 until 18:00
  • Friday
  • 09:00 until 18:00
  • Saturday
  • 09:00 until 18:00
  • Sunday
  • 09:00 until 18:00

Prices

Standard € 4,00
Extra information €2,50 pp for teachers If teachers accompany a school group, they have free entrance.
Group: min. 20 Persons € 2,50 per person

  • From 1 January 2018 tot 31 December 2019
  • Monday
  • 09:00 until 18:00
  • Tuesday
  • 09:00 until 18:00
  • Wednesday
  • 09:00 until 18:00
  • Thursday
  • 09:00 until 18:00
  • Friday
  • 09:00 until 18:00
  • Saturday
  • 09:00 until 18:00
  • Sunday
  • 09:00 until 18:00

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