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Poperinge
Municipal flag
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Coat of arms
Coat of arms
Location of Poperinge in West Flanders
Location of Poperinge in West Flanders
Poperinge is located in Belgium
Poperinge
Location in Belgium
Sovereign state Belgium Belgium
Region  Flemish Region
Community Flanders Flemish Community
Province  West Flanders
Arrondissement Ypres
Coordinates 50°51′0″N 02°44′0″E / 50.85°N 2.733333°E / 50.85; 2.733333Coordinates: 50°51′0″N 02°44′0″E / 50.85°N 2.733333°E / 50.85; 2.733333
Area 119.33 km²
Population
– Males
– Females
Density
19,623 (2006-01-01)
49.59%
50.41%
164 inhab./km²
Unemployment rate 6.53% (1 January 2006)
Mean annual income €10,563/pers. (2003)
Mayor Christof Dejaegher (CD&V)
Governing parties CD&V, VLD
Postal codes 8970, 8972, 8978
Area codes 057
Website www.poperinge.be

Poperinge is a municipality located in the province of West Flanders, Flemish Region, Belgium. The municipality comprises the city of Poperinge proper and the towns of Krombeke, Proven, Reningelst, Roesbrugge-Haringe and Watou. On January 1, 2006, Poperinge had a total population of 19,623. The total area is 119.33 km² which gives a population density of 164 inhabitants per km². Poperinge is famous for its hops and lace.

The town of Poperinge is situated about 8 miles to the west of Ieper/Ypres. The region is famous for growing hops. Poperinge is home to the national hop museum.

Within the town hall courtyard is an execution post.

Poperinge is the birthplace of Dirk Frimout, Belgium's first astronaut.

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History

Poperinge on the Ferraris map (around 1775)

During World War I, the town was used to billet British troops and also provided a safe area for field hospitals. It was just behind the front line and formed an important link for the British soldiers and their families, especially via the Talbot House. These help to explain the location of a number of military cemeteries on the outskirts of the town.

The charity Toc H was founded at Talbot House in Poperinge.

Towns

In addition to the city centre of Poperinge, the municipality also comprises de "deelgemeentes" Krombeke, Proven, Reningelst, Roesbrugge-Haringe and Watou. The small villages or hamlets Abele and Sint-Jan-Ter-Biezen are also located on the territory, but they aren't "deelgemeentes", meaning they weren't independent municipalities before the mergers of municipalities in 70s.

Roesbrugge-Haringe actually comprises two separate villages, Roesbrugge and Haringe. The hamlet Abele is located on the border with France, and partially lays on French territory.

# Name Area Population (1999)
I Poperinge 47,61 12.644
II Krombeke 8,54 711
III Proven 13,10 1.394
IV Reningelst 15,20 1.405
V
(VII)
(VIII)
Roesbrugge-Haringe
- Roesbrugge
- Haringe
11,60
 
 
1.105
 
 
VI
(IX)
(X)
Watou
- Sint-Jan-Ter-Biezen
- Abele
23,28
 
 
1.940
 
 

The municipality borders a large number of rural village, and because of the long frontier, it's also close to a large number of French municipalities.

  • a. Beveren (municipality Alveringem)
  • b. Stavele (municipality Alveringem)
  • c. Westvleteren (municipality Vleteren)
  • d. Oostvleteren (municipality Vleteren)
  • e. Elverdinge (city of Ieper)
  • f. Vlamertinge (city of Ieper)
  • g. Dikkebus (city of Ieper)
  • h. De Klijte (municipality Heuvelland)


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Map

Poperinge, deelgemeentes and neighbouring villages. The yellow areas are urban areas.


Twin towns

Poperinge is twinned with

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

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Poperinge is a charming town in the southwest of the province of West Flanders, close to the French Belgian border. On a surface of 11 933 ha it has 20 000 inhabitants and six communities: Proven, Krombeke, Haringe, Roesbrugge, Watou and Reningelst.

Get in

By train: From Lille Flandres station changing at Kortrijk. Direct from Brussels main stations.

By car: From the ports of Calais or Dunkerque, take the A16 East, turning off at junction 28 (A25 towards Lille). Get off at Junction 13 and follow the signs for Poperinge / Ypres (Ieper).

Get around

De Lijn buses are a good way of seeing the countryside around Poperinge. The Belbus is a service which needs to be booked at least 2 hours before travelling. See the De Lijn website (In Dutch).

  • Hop Museum
  • Talbot House (TOC H)
  • War Graves (Too numerous to list)
  • Have a drink in the Palace, a hotel bar with more than 100 Belgian Beers.
  • Have a drink in one of the cafes on the Markt.
  • Take the Belbus North to In de Vrede, where they sell Westvleteren (allegedly the best beer in the world!)
  • Chocolates from Stephanotis.
  • Quadrille
  • Poussecafe
  • Paix
  • Hommelzak
  • Poupee
  • Nieuwen Haene
  • Oud Vlaenderen
  • Paix
  • Pallieterke
  • Vismarkt
  • Vette Os
  • Hotel Palace
  • Hotel Belfort
  • Hotel Amfora
  • Hotel Recour
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