The Land of Herve (French: Pays d'Herve; Dutch: Herverland/Land van Herve) is an agricultural region surrounding the town of Herve, to the east of the river Meuse in the Belgian Province of Liège.
The Land of Herve is a small, but merges with the Voeren region - a Flemish enclave between the Netherlands and Wallonia- and Dutch South Limburg to the north, which have a similar character. The region around the village of Moresnet - which was an independent country from 1816 to 1920 - lies on the eastern edge of the region, while the river Vesdre and the town of Verviers form its southern border with the Ardennes and German-speaking Ostkantons.
- Herve (pop: 16,772) - the unofficial capital of the region has rather a nice old centre, with a number of buildings dating as far back as the middle ages
- Visé (pop: 17,333) - a small town on the Meuse close to the Dutch border -- manages to have quite a pleasant centre, despite being mutilated by the A25 motorway
- Verviers (pop: 55,936) — overlooked by almost everyone, Verviers was one of the first towns in the world outside Great Britain to be mechanically industrialised in the early 19th century, when British entrepreneur William Cockerill (and his son John) set up shop there in 1799. Verviers - which is set in the dramatic valley of the Vesdre -- also contains many traces of its pre-mechanical history, which dates make to medieval times. While the town might not be everyone's cup of tea, it will certainly prove fascinating to many others!
The Land of Herve near Dalhem
The countryside itself - which is quiet and often devoid of main roads - makes for pleasant walking and cycling, and is the main reason for visiting the region.
The Land of Herve near Bruyères
French is the official language of most of the region, though German is spoken in the east, around the village of Kelmis (French: La Calamine). Dutch is understood by some in the border region.
Get in and around
There are buses to various places in the region from Liège, Verviers and Visé.
Cycle path (Ravel) 88 from Liège to Aachen (Germany) traverses the whole region from east to west on an old railway line.
- The mining museum in Blegny, which is set in a former coal-mine.
- World War II Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial - The final resting place of 7,992 American soldiers who died during the Battle of the Bulge. The grounds are home to a museum and a chapel, as well as a monument for the 450 soldier who's remains were never found. 29 kilometers (18 miles) from Liège . Take the N3 northeast toward Aachen, and turn left onto Rue du Mémorial Améreicain. Open daily except for December 25 and January 1; 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Eat and drink
The region is famous for a number of regional products, such as 'fromage d'Herve' (known as Belgium's smelliest cheese) and 'Sirop de Liège' (apple syrup), of which the latter is from Aubel. The region is home to numerous orchards as well as dairy farming.