Every summer, on the weekend of August 15th, the Flower Carpet offers a chance to stroll across the Grand-Place, a jewel of Gothic architecture, to inhale the fragrant scent of the more than half million of begonias in 1,800 m2.
For four long years Flanders Fields was the scene of the First World War. Homes and fields were turned into a battlefield in 1914. European and wider international interests were fought over here. A million soldiers were wounded, missing or killed in action. Some tens of thousands of citizens became refugees. Entire cities and villages were destroyed. The landscape of the region still tells the story of the war. It contains hundreds of monuments and cemeteries which have great historical significance for the people of many nations. There are a lot of museums which explain in an interactive way all the aspects of the conflict: the battles, daily life, etc.
The new museum is housed in the historical warehouses of the legendary shipping company Red Star Line. The Red Star Line Museum tells the story of the company and highlights on the tales of more than two millions Europeans who had the courage to leave the old world in search of better life in the Promised Land. Between 1873 and 1934 the Red Star Line's ocean steamers sailed to the United States with famous passengers as Albert Einstein, others as Irving Berlin would become international stars.