274 Route 31. DOLHAIN.
to the Place du Congrés (42 min. from the Place Verte). Here is
a bronze statue, by Rombaux (1898). of H. Vieuxtemps, the violinist,
born at Verviers in 1820 (d. 1884). A little to the N. is an Ecole
Supérieure des Textiles. — Pretty walks on the right bank of the
Vesdre and to the residential suburbs of Heusy and Lambermont.
Napoleon III. spent a night in the Hotel du Chemin de Fer in 1870,
when on his way as a prisoner to Wilhelmshthe.
Besides the line described below, there is another between Verviers
and Aix-la-Chapelle via Bleyberg (20!/2 M., in 1-1/4 hr.; fares 3 fr. 40,
2 fr. 60, 1 fr. 80c.; or 2. 10, 1 M 70, 1 20 pf.). It diverges from
the Rhenish line at (8 M.) Welkenraedt (p. 275). 141 M. Henri-Chapelle. —
Near (12!/2 M.) Moresnet (560 ft.) are several chateaux and the ruin of
Schimper, picturesquely situated on a cliff above the Gohl. Moresnet is
the Belgian station for the Weutral Territory of Moresnet (about 2sq. M.
in area; 3500 inhab.), possessed in common by Prussia and Belgium since
1816, and allowed to manage its own affairs since 1841. Its capital is
Altenberg or Vieille Montagne (Hot. Bergerhoff), with once important zinc-
mines. — 13!/2 M. Bleyberg (525 ft.; Belgian custom-house), with lead and
zinc mines. Branch-line to Battice, see p. 272. — 20!/2M. Aiz-la-Chapelle
(Templerbend Station), see Baedeker’s Rhine.
18M. Verviers-Est. Between Verviers and Dolhain the train
passes through seven tunnels and crosses the winding valley of the
Vesdre by a viaduct of 24 arches.
201/)M. Dolhain (656 ft.; Hot. d Allemagne; Hét. du Casino, 30K.
from 2, B. 4, déj. 2, D. 24/o fr., both below the station), with 4500
inhab., picturesquely situated in the valley of the Vesdre, occupies
the site of the ancient capital of the duchy of Limburg, which was
destroyed by Louis XIV. in 1675. It consists of the lower town,
with its cloth- factories, and of Limburg (900 ft.), the quiet upper
town, perched on the ridge of a hill. On the N. side of the latter
stands the chateau of the Andrimont family of Liége, marking the
site of the ancestral castle of an ancient family, from which the
counts of Luxembourg and the German emperors Heury VII.,
Charles IY., Wenceslaus, and Sigismund were descended. We
follow the footpath descending from the station, turn to the left,
then (4 min. farther on) to the right (3 min. straight on is the Place
Léon-d’Andrimont, with the station of the undermentioned light
railway), and ascend the Rue de l’Escalade to the (1/4 hr.) upper
town. Beyond the Chateau d’Andrimont (see above), on the right,
is a good view-point. On the E. side of the main square, a little
back from the street, stands the Gothic Church of St. George, con-
taining a tabernacle of 1544, by the left wall of the choir, and a
Romanesque crypt. The tower affords a good view (key from the
‘doyen’ at No. 45, on the W. side of the square; 60 c.).
2441/4 M. Dolhain-Vicinal.
From Dolhain-Vicinal a light railway ascends the valley of the Vesdre
via Limburg (see above), Goé (745 ft.), and Membach to Eupen (p. 275).
From Béthane (Restaurants Dejardin and Legras), the station for Goé, a
visit may be paid to the (25 min.) Barrage de la Gileppe (H6t. du Lion
de la Gileppe), a triumph of modern engineering, constructed in 1867-78
for the purpose of forming a reservoir of soft water for the use of the
cloth - factories of Verviers. On the top of the embankment, which is
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