Houffalize

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Houffalize
Oufalijhe  (Walloon)
Hohenfels  (German)
Houffalize
Houffalize
Flag of Houffalize
Coat of arms of Houffalize
Houffalize is located in Belgium
Houffalize
Houffalize
Location in Belgium
Location of Houffalize in Luxembourg province
Houffalize Luxembourg Belgium Map.svg
Coordinates: 50°08′N 05°47′E / 50.133°N 5.783°E / 50.133; 5.783Coordinates: 50°08′N 05°47′E / 50.133°N 5.783°E / 50.133; 5.783
CountryBelgium
CommunityFrench Community
Region Wallonia
ProvinceLuxembourg
ArrondissementBastogne
Government
 • MayorMarc Caprasse (cdH, G&S)
 • Governing party/iesGestion & Service (G&S)
Area
 • Total166.58 km2 (64.32 sq mi)
Population
 (2018-01-01)[1]
 • Total5,222
 • Density31/km2 (81/sq mi)
Postal codes
6660, 6661, 6662, 6663, 6666
Area codes061
Websitehouffalize.be

Houffalize (French pronunciation: ​[ufaliz]; German: Hohenfels; Walloon: Oufalijhe) is a city and municipality of Wallonia located in the province of Luxembourg, Belgium.[2]

On 1 January 2007 the municipality, which covers 166.58 square kilometres (64.32 sq mi), had 4,802 inhabitants, giving a population density of 28.8 inhabitants per km².

The municipality consists of the following districts: Houffalize, Mabompré, Mont, Nadrin, Tailles, Tavigny, and Wibrin. Other population centers include Achouffe, Alboumont, Bœur, Bonnerue, Buret, Cetturu, Chabrehez, Cowan, Dinez, Engreux, Filly, Fontenaille, Mormont, Ollomont, Pisserotte, Sommerain, Taverneux, Vellereux, Vissoûle, Wandebourcy, and Wilogne.

History[edit]

Houffalize was a strategic location during the Battle of the Bulge of World War II. Specifically, Generals Montgomery and Patton met up here, Montgomery coming from the north and Patton from the south, in their counter-attack against the German forces remaining in the area. The town was flattened on the night of 5–6 January 1945 by ninety RAF Lancasters of Bomber Command to block the key crossroads for German supply columns and the escape route for German forces. Patton wrote a poem in his diary about the bombing.

International relations[edit]

Twin towns - Sister cities[edit]

Houffalize is a founding member of the Douzelage, a unique town twinning association of 24 towns across the European Union. This active town twinning began in 1991 and there are regular events, such as a produce market from each of the other countries and festivals.[3][4] Discussions regarding membership are also in hand with three further towns (Agros in Cyprus, Škofja Loka in Slovenia, and Tryavna in Bulgaria).

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wettelijke Bevolking per gemeente op 1 januari 2018". Statbel. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  2. ^ Sven Vrielinck: De territoriale indeling van België 1795-1963 Volume 1. Universitaire Pers Leuven 2000. page 48.
  3. ^ "Douzelage.org: Home". www.douzelage.org. Archived from the original on 2010-02-17. Retrieved 2009-10-21.
  4. ^ "Douzelage.org: Member Towns". www.douzelage.org. Archived from the original on 2009-04-06. Retrieved 2009-10-21.

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