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Verviers

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Overlooked by almost everyone, the Walloon Belgian town of Verviers (pop: 55,936) 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 for everyone, it will certainly prove fascinating to some!

Get in[edit]

By train: Verviers-Central and Verviers-Palais station are served by the railway line from Liège to Aachen (Germany)/Eupen.

Get around[edit]

Verviers is a middle sized town, and is navigable on foot, though this requires some climbing.

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Verviers is home to a rich and eclectic mix of architecture, including early 19th century, neoclassical, belle époque, art-nouveau and medieval. The partly preserved old center even boasts a number of timber-framed houses.

  • Wool and Fashion Tourist Centre - Housed in a beautiful former factory with a Neoclassical façade.
  • Grand Theatre or La Bonbonnière, which was built in the same style at the end of the 19th century.
  • The Neogothic Grand Poste.

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Eat and drink[edit]

Though there isn't much in the way of nightlife in Verviers, there are numerous cafes and restaurants, some of which serve local produce.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Hotel des Ardennes (Rue de Bruxelles), right next to Verviers-Central station is comfortable and relatively cheap.
  • [hotelverviers.be|Hotel Verviers Van Der Valk] - Rue de la Station 4, 4800 Verviers, ‎tel: 087 78 81 18
  • Bed & Breakfast Rêver d'Art - Rue Henri-François Grandjean 16, 4800 Verviers
  • Hotel Le Midi - ‎Rue du Midi 9, 4800 Petit-Rechain, tel: 087 32 17 50

Get out[edit]

Verviers sits on the border of a number of regions that are worth exploring:

  • The Ardennes, which lie to the south and east of Verviers, is one of the Benelux' wildest regions. Within the Ardennes, the stunning towns of Spa and Limbourg are within 20 kilometers - and easy reach by train - of Verviers, as is the medieval castle of Franchimont.
  • The rich agricultural Land of Herve, which lies to the north of Verviers, is a pleasant region for walking. Its unofficial capital - Herve - boasts buildings that date back as far as the middle ages, and can be reached by bus.
  • The German speaking part of Belgium and its capital Eupen lie slightly to the east of Verviers.

Stay safe[edit]

Visitors will find most inhabitants of Verviers friendly, helpful and exemplary in stopping for pedestrians while driving. Nonetheless, there are some fringe like elements who might attempt to steal something, though this can easily be avoided by using a minimum of common sense.



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