Did you know? Verviers is the Walloon capital of water. It's true, this small town with a peaceful appearance holds its cards close to its chest because it also boasts an architectural heritage marked by the wool industry, in which it was a major player.
At the heart of the Blue Ardennes, not far from Liège, Eupen and Spa, Verviers welcomes you to the Vesdre valley, a warm region at the threshold of the Fens. Here, it’s a gentle life where you savour local produce and gastronomy and cherish its local cultural treasures. Verviers’s has a special place in the region with its ‘Fountain Trail’, rice pie or its artisanal chocolate tradition. Plan a relaxing holiday to explore this little-known town whose urban centre lies around three squares: Place Verte, Place du Martyr and Place du Marché.
Soft gold and blue gold
The town’s long industrial history dates back a few centuries and is linked to wool (’soft gold’) which was enhanced both by the know-how of Verviers craftspeople and the quality of the water (’blue gold’) of the Vesdre. You’ll also find the traces of this rich past at the Wool and Fashion Tourist Centre and the Maison de l’Eau. Two of the many tourist attractions of Verviers, a dynamic town that offers a host of festive events (flea markets, shows, concerts, etc.) and museums (Fine Arts, Archaeology and Folklore, etc.). And foodies should not miss the Chocolaterie de Darcis which will take you on a real journey through the history of chocolate. Between walks and bike rides, shops, restaurants and pretty parks, it’s definitely worth spending some time in Verviers.
Copyright pictures: MTPV / Vincent Botta / VisitArdenne / Visit Wallonia