From soft gold to blue gold
At the heart of the Blue Ardennes, Verviers, the Walloon Capital of Water, has an industrial past in which “soft gold” (wool) and “blue gold” (water) were inextricably linked. This long history began centuries ago, when the quality of the water of the Vesdre, combined with the know-how of the artisans in Verviers, gave wool an unmatched feel.
This daughter of the Vesdre is now known as a water town, in no small part thanks to its new Fountain Route, a sparkling and bubbly circuit for children and grown-ups!
Verviers also stands out for its numerous tourist attractions. The new Chocolaterie Darcis takes you on a journey of discovery of chocolate, while the Wool and Fashion Tourist Centre and the House of Water (Maison de Bonvoisin) are part of this tourism heritage, along with the Fine Arts and Ceramics Museum, the Archaeology and Folklore Museum, etc.
Boasting an appealing cultural heritage Verviers presents a dynamic and new attractive face. The Spirit of 66 concerts, the shows held at the Cultural Centre and the numerous festivals that liven up the town centre and its surroundings (FiestaCity, Les Chocolateries, la Grande Brocante on Easter Monday, etc.) are always packed to the rafters. Tourists and locals will also be surprised at the number of famous people who have always been linked to the City of Wool: from the Taloche brochers to Steve Houben, as well as Henri Vieuxtemps, Guillaume Lekeu, René Hausman, Jean Vallée and Pierre Rapsat… What a fine international projection for Verviers!
Verviers has succeeded in becoming a “town in the countryside”, perfectly integrating wooded parks, pedestrian riverbanks, walks and cycle routes, businesses and restaurants.
So many reasons to spend some time in Verviers!