Holiday Home Esen-Diksmuide Westhoek

You have probably never heard of Esen … Our quiet and authentic village is blissful for relaxing, enjoying the peace and quiet, for cycling or as the ideal base for an active holiday in West Flanders. We are happy to give you some tips for fun and cultural trips in the Westhoek.

Death Trench & Yser Tower (Ijzer-tower)

The new provincial reserve IJzerboomgaard (Yser orchard) in Diksmuide is open. This domain near the Yser Tower is completely new and still being developed.

It features:

A playground
Educational Children’s farm “‘t Land van Vlierbos”
Walking route across the reserve

Drop by!

Provinciedomein IJzerboomgaard
IJzerdijk 41
8600 Diksmuide


Our holiday home is less than 3 kilometers from Diksmuide with its City Hall, the Begijnhof (Nunnery), the Vismarkt (Fish market), the Sint-Niklaas church, the Kleine and Grote dyke, the old Flower mills and the marina Portus Dixmuda. Between Diksmuide and Esen is The Yzer Tower, Pax Gate and Crypt. of

Dodengang & Ijzertoren

Death Trench & Yser Tower (Ijzer-tower)
Death Trench: Yzerdijk 65-8600 Diksmuide
info: 051/505344
Open from 10 am to 4.30 pm.

The Yser Tower is primarily a memorial to the fallen of the First World War, but at the same time it is also a symbol of the will that arose along the Yzer for more political independence in Flanders.
It contains a museum full of First World War artefacts, to take you back in time 100 years. See the uniforms, smell the mustard gas! It also has the best views of the whole region. With any luck you can see Bruges to the North, Ypres to the South and the sea in the distance.

The Death Trench is a re-created Trench along the Yser, where you can truly experience the cramped living conditions for 4 years the soldiers endured.

De Blankaart

De Blankaart is another forest, park and nature reserve with a historical castle, and the Visitor center for Flanders, The Otter Woumen, Iepersteenweg 56

The Dolle Brouwers (The Raving Brewers)

This craft brewery is located 500m from our B&C holiday residence. To visit: Saturday and Sunday from 2 pm to 7 pm. There is a guided tour every Sunday (not on public holidays) at 3 pm. Address: Roeselarestraat 12, 8600 Esen

‘t Kakelend Kippenmuseum

The alternative petting zoo.

‘t Madeliefje

Enjoy delicious home made dairy farm ice cream on a beautiful open terrace at a pond in the middle of the farm. Located at the reservoir in Woumen.
A refreshing stop on a cycle trip or drive by.

Kajac-Kano, Billenkar

If you’ve never tried the Gokarts, this is a great way to cycle all together safely and enjoy the sights. One of you might even be able to rest their legs when the others aren’t watching!

’t Buitenbeentje : Vaartstraat 1 8600 Diksmuide tel. 051504627


Bootochten Ijzer

Yserstar Boat trips.

Duits Militair boskerkhof

German Military Forest Cemetery (Waldfriedhof) ìMourning Parentsî

Houtland Street, Vladslo



Wijnendale Castle, the Torhouts Pottery Museum in Ravenhof Castle and The Mustard Museum.


The old historic center is included as a Medieval City on the World Heritage List of Unesco

Tourism Westhoek

The Plopsaland De Panne amusement park, the Oostduinkerke Fishery Museum, the Ter Duinenabdij Koksijde, the Vismijn, the Ganzepoot and the Stadshalle with the Belfry of Nieuwpoort, Westende and Middelkerke are only half an hour’s drive away.

Village Klerken

Peace Mill Molenweg. The highest point of the village Klerken was the old mill. As a result it was used by the Germans as a vantage point. The partially destroyed mill is now used as a monument for the First World War


Tine Cot Cemetery

Tyne Cot Cemetery is the biggest military cemetry on mainland Europe. This British military cemetery with war dead from the First World War is located in the Belgian village of Passchendaele. It is a must see to capture a sense of the scale of the conflict.


West Gate and Caesars’ tree (Julius Caesar himself tied his horse to this tree), The Dove Tower, The three Monseigneurs. Biscuit factory Jules de Stooper: visitors & innovation center with discount pass


Historical Marketplace – Bakery Museum in the Albert1-laan 2