12 October 2015

After Brussels was captured on 20 Augustus 1914, German troops marched through the area of the Scheldt and Dender Rivers. The inhabitants of Aalst saw the violence approaching and fled the city on August 24, otherwise known as ‘Flying Monday’. The unavoidable happened on September 27 and 28: Aalst was captured forcibly. This was combined with plundering, arson and murder. In the months following this rage, many inhabitants who had fled returned to their homes. Nobody expected the war to last four years. In this walking route you'll experience Aalst as an occupied city. Inhabitants, soldiers and administrators will tell you their story. Feel like walking a bit? Download the route and go to Aalst's Grote Markt.

  • place Grote Markt

  • place Molenstraat

  • place Graanmarkt

  • place Sint-Martinuskerk