156 Route 26. VISE. From Liege
built village of (27 M.) Barvaux (*H6tel de Liege; *Aigle Noir),
and then quits the river in order to avoid the long bend which it
makes towards the W.
On the Ourthe, 2 M. above Barvaux, lies the ancient and pictur¬
esquely situated, but now insignificant town of Durbuy (Hotel de la Mon¬
tagne) , with 420 inhab. only. The principal features of the place are a
mediaeval bridge, an old chapel, the ruined tower of an ancient fortifi¬
cation, and the modern chateau of the Due d'Ursel. Pleasant walk along
the 1. bank of the river from Barvaux to Durbuy (2 hrs.), and back bv
the road (2 M.).
Beyond (32i/2M.) stat. Melreux, the line touches the Ourthe for
the last time, crosses it, and then proceeds to (39 M.) Marche and
(401/2 M.) Marloie, where it unites with the Brussels and Luxem¬
bourg railway (p. 136).
Above Melreux the valley of the Ourthe presents several other points
of attraction, especially in the neighbourhood of La Roche (Bdtel des
Ardennes; Bdtel des Etrangers), a small town 11 31. from Melreux, situ¬
ated at the junction of several valleys, and commanded by the frowning
ruins of a castle. Diligence from La Roche in the evening to (20 M.; by
the river double that distance) the small town of Houffalize (Bdtel du
Luxembourg; Bdtel des Ardennes, moderate), the principal place on the
upper Ourthe, with 1200 inhab., picturesquely situated, and surrounded
with pretty walks. Diligence hence to Bovigny and Gouvy, see p. 168.
26. From Liege to Mastricht.
19 31. Railway from Liege to Mastricht in 1—1'|4 hr.; trains start
from the Station de Longdoz (fares 2 fr. 40, 1 fr. 80, 1 fr. 20 c). The
steamers on the 3Ieuse from Liege to Mastricht (down in 3, up in 4hrs.)
have recently ceased to ply/
Travellers to Mastricht who intend to return to Liege should leave
the bulk of their luggage at Liege, in order to avoid the formalities of
the Dutch douane in going, and those of the Belgian in returning.
Immediately after quitting the station the train describes a wide
curve to the 1., and passes under the Fort de la Chartreuse, runs
near the Meuse for a short distance, and reaches (3 M.) stat. Jupille,
a small manufacturing town with 3000 inhab., of very ancient origin.
It was once a favourite residence of Pepin of Herstal, who died here
in 714, and was also frequently visited by Charlemagne. The train
now quits the river, which makes a bend towards the W. —Stations
(5 M.) Wandre and —
8 M. Argenteau, the station for Hermalle a basket-manufacturing
place on the opposite bank of the river. Argenteau is the most pic¬
turesque place in the lower valley of the Meuse. Above the village
rises an abrupt rock, clothed with oak plantations on the summit,
and crowned with the new chateau of Count Mercy-Argenteau. The
court is connected by means of a lofty bridge with another rock,
where the pleasure-grounds are situated. The park extends for a
considerable distance to the N. The curious formation'of the sand¬
stone rock somewhat resembles that of the 'Saxon Switzerland'.
10 M. Stat. Vise (Hotel de Brabant), a town with 2648 inhab.,
the seat of the Belgian custom-liouse, once a fortified place, was