"Menen, the unknown" Menen by tompt

Menen Travel Guide: 33 reviews and 98 photos


When we first told our belgian friends we were going to Menen, they were surprised. Menen? Where is Menen, what is there to see or do in Menen, some replied. Another one knew where it was and was even more surprised. Menen is not exactly a city tourists pick for a 5 day trip. But then we started to investigate. And Menen turned out to be a city with some unknown treasures. In the picture above you see the cityhall and bellfry. The belfry dates back to 1574, and is together with other flamish belfries on the Unesco World Heritage list.


Menen is also a great places to make hikes or bike rides from.
There are some routes available from the tourist office:
Rijselstraat 77 , B-8930 Menen
Tel. 056/53.23.63
e-mail: schippershof@menen.be
open : tuesday-sunday 14.00 - 18.00
website: http://www.menen.be (available in English, French, German and Dutch)


And Menen is also close to the Flanders Fields, where fierce battles of the Great War (the first world war) were fought. West of Menen you will find many graveyards and remembrance sites from the Common Wealth. Menen was soon occupied by the Germans and it is here the largest German Graveyard is located. 48049 Germans are buried here (and not 47864 as the sign at the entrance states) .

  • Last visit to Menen: May 2004
  • Intro Updated Mar 18, 2007
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  • MATIM's Profile Photo
    Aug 26, 2006 at 1:12 PM

    een vriendin van me gaat hier een paar dagen heen, en inderdaad ook ik had er nog nooit van gehoord :) groetjes Ilse

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    Jun 30, 2004 at 2:37 PM

    Great info on a touristic undervalued area of Belgium. Even I had never heard of the German cemetary in Menen, great way to learn about your own region.

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