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Diksmuide

4.3
Observation Decks · Battlefields · Cemeteries
Diksmuide is a Belgian city and municipality in the Flemish province of West Flanders. The municipality comprises the city of Diksmuide proper and the former communes of Beerst, Esen, Kaaskerke, Keiem, Lampernisse, Leke, Nieuwkapelle, Oostkerke, Oudekapelle, Pervijze, Sint-Jacobs-Kapelle, Stuivekenskerke, Vladslo and Woumen.Most of the area west of the city is a polder riddled with drainage trenches. The major economic activity of the region is dairy farming, producing the famous butter of Diksmuide.HistoryMedieval originsThe 9th-century Frankish settlement of Dicasmutha was situated at the mouth of a stream near the Yser (IJzer). The name is a compound of Dutch dijk (dike) and muide (river mouth). By the 10th century, a chapel and market place were already established. The city’s charter was granted two centuries later and defensive walls built in 1270. The economy was already then based mainly on agriculture, with dairy products and linen driving the economy. From the 15th century to the French Revolution, Diksmuide was affected by the wars between the Netherlands, France, Spain, and Austria, with a corresponding decline in activity. The 19th century was more peaceful and prosperous.
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Museum Aan de IJzer ©
Observation Deck
Museum Aan de IJzer
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
Dodengang (Trench of Death) ©
Battlefield
Dodengang (Trench of Death)
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
German War Cemetery of Langemark , Belgium ©
Cemetery
German War Cemetery of Langemark , Belgium
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
Maison d'o ©
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Maison d'o
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min

Side trips from Diksmuide

Menin Gate Memorial ©
Monument
Menin Gate Memorial Ieper (Ypres)
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
Tyne Cot Cemetery ©
Cemetery
Tyne Cot Cemetery Zonnebeke
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
In Flanders Fields Museum ©
Military Museum
In Flanders Fields Museum Ieper (Ypres)
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Bellewaerde ©
Zoo
Bellewaerde Ieper (Ypres)
3.9
Duration: 8 hours

Hidden gems in Diksmuide

City Hall and Belfry
World heritage site
City Hall and Belfry
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Blankaart Nature Reserve
Wildlife Area
Blankaart Nature Reserve
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
Beguinage
Historic Site
Beguinage
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
De Dolle Brouwers ©
Brewery
De Dolle Brouwers
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

Trails in Diksmuide

Frontzate Bicycle Trail
Biking Trail
Frontzate Bicycle Trail
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min
Boterlandfietsroute
Biking Trail
Boterlandfietsroute
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Diksmuide

St. Nicholas' Church
Church
St. Nicholas' Church
2.9
Duration: 1h 30 min

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