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Experience center WWI Free Fatherland Veurne

The WWI experience center "Free Fatherland" focuses not so much on the battlefield of the Great War, but on the last piece of free Belgium that Veurne was then an unofficial capital of our country.

Here you can experience the story behind the front, the last piece of unoccupied territory. You see a melting pot of people, multiculturalism avant la lettre. Veurne and the surrounding area were populated by soldiers from Belgium and all over the world, but also by refugees, doctors and nurses.

Vrij Vaderland tells this story in an atmospheric scenography using both modern media and traditional techniques.

The figure of King Albert I is also extensively discussed here.
Here you get to know Albert and Elisabeth and follow their daily activities in the last part of Belgium. We experience the fall and winter days of 1914 when important decisions were made for the survival of our country.

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  • Text: Jhonny Bastiaensen
  • Photos: Jhonny Bastiaensen
  • Belevingscentrum WOI Vrij Vaderland