to Aix-la-Chapelle. VERVIERS. 28. Route. 163
breadth, in which lie the valuable zinc-rnines of the Altenberg, or Vieille
Montagne, the property of a company whose works are near Liege. Owing
to some difficulties in adjusting territorial questions at the beginning of
the present century, this piece of land was left neutral, and it now pays
a tax both to Belgium and Prussia.
The train starts from the Station des Guillemins at Liege,
situated about 1 M. from the principal hotels, crosses the handsome
Pont du Val Benoit, passes stat. Angleur (p. 154), and crosses the
Ourthe near its confluence with the Vesdre. The Ligne de V Ourthe,
see R. 25.
21/2 M. Stat. Chenee (4400 inhab.), at the mouth of the Vesdre,
is a busy manufacturing place with iron-works and the extensive
zinc-foundry of the Vieille Montagne Co.
4^2 M. Stat. Chaudfontaine (*Grand Hotel des Bains; Hdtel
d'Angleterre; Cafe des Mousquetaires), a small and beautifully si¬
tuated watering-place, attracts numerous visitors from Liege. The
thermal spring (104° Fahr.) used for the baths is situated on an is¬
land in the Vesdre, which is crossed by a handsome suspension-
bridge. Chaudfontaine, like the German watering-places, boasts of
a 'Cursaal' situated near the station, in the garden of which con¬
certs are given in summer. At the back of the church a pleasant
path, provided with seats, leads to the top of the hill (10 min.),
which rises above the village and commands a fine view of the
valley of the Vesdre.
On the rocks to the r., beyond the tunnel, is perched the tur-
reted old castle of Le Trooz, which has been used for upwards of a
century as a manufactory for boring gun-barrels. Beyond it is the
station of the same name. Several other prettily situated chateaux
are passed. Then stat. Nessonvaux.
12'/2 M. Stat. Pepinster, with 2400 inhab., the junction for
Spa and Luxembourg (see R. 29), is said to be derived from 'Pepin's
terre', the district having anciently belonged to the ancestors of
Stat. Ensival, on the 1., is almost a subuTb of Verviers.
15'/2 M. Verviers (H6tel du Chemin de Fer, Hotel d'Allemagne,
both at the station; Pays-Bas, in the town ; Railway Restaurant,
dear), the last Belgian station, is a town with 31,927 inhab., of en¬
tirely modern origin, consisting chiefly of extensive manufactories,
the substantial mansions of their proprietors, and the humbler dwell¬
ings of the artisans. Cloth is the staple commodity of the place. Up¬
wards of 350,000 pieces are manufactured annually in Verviers and
the environs, worth 80 million francs. The principal manufacturers
possess dep6ts in Italy, and even export their wares to America.
The uniforms of the Belgian army are made of cloth manufactured
here. The water of the Vesdre is said to be peculiarly well adapted
for dyeing purposes.
Beyond Verviers the train passes through seven tunnels and
crosses several bridges within a short distance. Stat. Dolhain, the