Amblève (river)

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Amblève
KaartAmblève.jpg
Origin Büllingen, High Fens, Liège
Mouth Ourthe River
Basin countries Belgium
Length 93 km
Avg. discharge 19 5 m3⋅s-1
Basin area 1 077 km2
Aywaille: the bridge on the River Amblève

The Amblève (French) or Amel (German) is a 93 km long river in eastern Belgium in the province of Liège. It is a right tributary of the river Ourthe. It rises near Büllingen in the High Fens ("Hoge Venen",Hohes Venn, Hautes Fagnes), close to the border with Germany.

Tributaries of the Amblève are the rivers Chefna, Ninglinspo, Warche, Eau Rouge, Salm and Lienne. The Amblève flows through the towns of Amel, Stavelot, Trois-Ponts, Remouchamps, and Aywaille. The Amblève joins the river Ourthe in Comblain-au-Pont.

Sites[edit]

At the village of Coo (near Trois-Ponts) is the Coo Waterfall, which at 15 meters tall is not the highest but one of the better known waterfalls in Belgium. The waterfall was created artificially in the 18th century when local monks cut through a bend in the river to feed a watermill. The dried out river bed is now used as the lower storage basin for the Coo-Trois-Ponts Hydroelectric Power Station.

Waterfall at Coo

A curiosity of Lorcé, a nearby village, is the unusual design of the dam located at a place called "Fang-Naze" or "Fagne-Naze." Built between 1928 and 1932, it captures about 50,000 m³ of water which is then led through a 3,460 meter long tunnel cut out of the hill, before falling 40 meters into the turbines of the power plant "Heid Ile" located at Nonceveux part of Aywaille.

On the right bank near Sprimont is the site of the Belle Roche cave, the oldest known place of human occupation of the Benelux (dating back about 500,000 years).

The "Fond de Quareux" stretch of the river near Nonceveux is listed as one of Wallonia's Major Heritage sites.

Coordinates: 50°24′22″N 5°47′52″E / 50.406°N 5.7979°E / 50.406; 5.7979