... A welcoming town
Aywaille, the capital of lower Amblève is situated at a crossroad of several means of transport (roads, motorways, railway) ; it combines the interest for a business centre (170 stores) and a weekly market with a very attractive touristic resort based on some charming villages.
Indeed the number and the variety of business, an entire HORECA sector as well as a craft centre in Harzé with about fifteen dynamic companies dealing with wood, iron, homeopathy, computer science, processing materials etc… have no cause to be envious of greater size areas. Moreover an economic activity park is being fitted out in the Porallée avenue.
Aywaille has several school setting ups from nursery to secundary school in the local, independent catholic establishments and French Community.
The Ourthe-Vesdre-Amblève Academy, the centre of artistic teaching approved by the French Community, is located in the premises of the Recreational Centre in Sougné-Remouchamps.
This centre also welcomes organizations such as : dances, scrabble, entertainments, cultural meetings, conferences.
Aywaille also owns sports facilities run by the non-profit-making organization AGISCA allowing everybody to give oneself up to all kinds of sports activities and develop oneself happily (swimming, football, basketball, judo, gymnastic …).
The relief together with the beauty of the landscapes and the forests makes it posssible to the mountain bikes amateurs to practise their favourite sport and try the European Championships route of August 1998.
As a European Community, Aywaille maintains friendly relations by twinnings, official or non-official, via sport, ex-servicemen, blood donors, fanfares or other organizations (Chézy-sur-Marne, Châtillon-sous-Bagneux, Floing, Yvetot-Autretot, Ulsenheim, Grodzisk Mazowiecky, Trois-Pistoles, Breaux Bridge …).
On a touristic point of view our city offers a large range of possibilities to " get in touch " with the nature thanks to its various walking routes, horse-riding and mountain bikes circuits.
The Cave of Remouchamps (conservation area) with its marvellous underground navigation -the longest in Europe side by side with magnificent places inspires to romantic strolls. This cave called " Wonder in the wonders " installed since 1829, attracts yearly thousands of visitors. You can cover a distance of about 2800 m. It mainly consists of the superposition of two galleries. On the upper plan it's a spacious passage you go through from one end to the other. The lower gallery contains the Rubicon bed, underground meandering river on which the visitors are brought back on boats to their starting point.
Near Remouchamps the "Vallon des Chantoirs", caracterized by absorption points in a calcareous underground, gets the water together in a huge collector that ends up in the cave of Remouchamps to form the Rubicon.
At the gateway of the Ardennes, the castle of Harzé, a provincial property is a high building in grey stone with openings of one or two mullions with its flight steps and its balcony. A mighty square keep stands " à senestre " that is on the left side, the shortest part being " à dextre " that is on the right side.
In the main courtyard, you can appreciate the mosan Renaissance style with its semicircular arches on Tuscan pillars and its three mullions windows. In the castle you can visit the Watermill and the Bakery museums.
Deigné proposes to us to stroll in its peaceful alleys. Its stone houses (in sandstone and limestone), most of them from the 18th century have an exceptional architectural charm. It's a very seldom example in our regions of an homogeneous entity of rural buildings conceived before the architects, according to their purpose.
Not far from there, the Safari parc, the " Monde Sauvage " (" Wild World ") , attracts old and young. There you can in safety see and come close, by car or by little train, to all kinds of animals in liberty.
Further there is the Amblève river crossing the city from East to West on a 15kms distance. It flows through lots of our villages, our woods and plays an important part in the numerous legends of its valley told by Marcellin La Garde.
According to one of these legends, the remains of a windmill whose miller had signed a pact with the Devil are to be found. It could be the " origin " of the hard stones everywhere in the river.
Among the most capricious streams meandering in our valleys and flowing into the Ambleve, the listed Ninglinspo valley, combines wild beauty with a great variety of sites with enchanting names (Bain du Cerf, Bain de Diane, Bain des Naïades, Bouillon de la Chaudière,…).
Considered as the legitimate child of Neptune, the Ninglinspo is a wonderful part of the Ardenne forest.
Dieupart belongs to Aywaille entity too with its " Notre Dame " Basilica, Sougné, very old village linked to Remouchamps, the well-known steep hill of the Redoute (Liège-Bastogne-Liège), the ruins of the Neufchasteau-sur-Emblève castle, Saint-Anne Chapel, Awan with its castle and its Christmas illuminations.
A lot of other rural villages make part of this entity such as Martinrive, Septroux, Niaster, Nonceveux, Paradis, Pavillonchamps, Ernonheid, Kin, Rouge-Thier, Playe, Chambralles, …
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