Land of Herve
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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.
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.
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.
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.