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Bayernwald, located at 40 m above sea level, was of high military-strategic value. Having a good view over the front line was an important asset. That way, it was easier to point the cannons accurately and to defend one's positions. This explains why French and Bavarian soldiers were engaged in a fierce battle for possession of this site. The Germans won, and since, the place has been called Bayernwald. From 1914 until the summer of 1917, they made their "Bayernwald" into a fortress, impossible to capture. What can be seen today constitutes but 10 % of what it was in 1917.
Attention: Bayernwald is closed from the 23rd till the 27th of March 2015!
Free entrance Bayernwald: Sunday 14th of September 2014
On this day Bayernwald trenches can be free visited from 10:00 untill 18:00.
There is also a guide available who can give you some more information.
Closing days Bayernwald:
- Closed because of the hunting
Each year, there are some closing days for safety reasons because of the hunting
season in the wood nearby Bayernwald.
This is the list of these official hunting days:
15, 23 and 30th of August 2014
5, 20 and 27th of September 2014
18th of October 2014 from 9-12:00
8 and 22th of November 2014
6 and 20th of December 2014
1, 2 and 3 January 2015
- Always closed on the 1st and 2nd of January and on 25th and 26th of December.
Bayernwald is open from 9 - 18 o'clock
Please buy your tickets on beforehand at the Tourist Office, Sint
Laurentiusplein 1, 8950 Heuvelland (Kemmel). You can find the tourist office
here. The parking spots for coaches and
the bus stop is also marked on this map.
Attention! the opening hours for the Tourist Office are not the same as the opening hours of Bayernwald, please check the opening hours on the home page of this website.
€ 4 per person - € 2.50 per person for groups of at least 20 persons - € 1 per person for people younger than 26 years.