BELGA/CRABBE

Lots to see and do during Heritage Day Flanders

A total of 618 interesting monuments, buildings and sites are open to the public today to mark the 31st Heritage Day Flanders. In addition to this a series of events are also being held across the region to mark the 75th anniversary of our liberation from German occupation in 1944.  

No fewer than 728 activities, all of which free of charge, are being organised in 167 municipalities spread across our region’s five provinces. In addition to a number of villas, townhouses and castles that are exceptionally opening to the general public the spotlight is also being turned onto numerous interesting yet in some cases not well-known monuments.  

For example in Leuven (Flemish Brabant) you can visit a cellar that used be used to store ice in the days before refrigerators or freezer were available. Meanwhile, in the West Flemish town of Izegem you can attend a final photoshoot in a former print works that is soon to be converted and put to another use.     

75th anniversary of the liberation

Elsewhere, the 75th anniversary of our country’s liberation from Nazi occupation is

being commemorated. For example in the West Flemish town of Waregem you can visit the former headquarters of the resistance movement The Secret Army. In nearby Kortrijk an exhibition is being held about the devastation in the city that resulted from the war. Elsewhere, cycle rides past sites of significance from the First and Second World Wars have been organised in Izegem and Mol (Antwerp province).     

The Limburg city of Hasselt is staging a Second World War re-enactment involving more than 270 people and 75 vehicles.   

A full list of events is available on the Heritage Day Flanders Website