The city of Ypres is situated in West Flanders, in the country's north-western Westhoek region. With more than 35,000 inhabitants, Ypres is the sixth largest city in the province.
In the 12th century, Ypres was the third largest Flemish city after Bruges and Ghent and was an important centre for trade. One of the many highlights of the Ypres municipality is therefore the Lakenhal (Cloth Hall), which is an architectural masterpiece. The city is steeped in history – in 1914, it was attacked by the Germans and was the site of several bloody battles.
The municipality boasts a large number of sports and cultural facilities, including a library, cultural centre and even an art school. It is also an important educational centre with around ten institutions offering a range of different courses.