Vesdre river

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The Vesdre (French, French pronunciation: ​[vɛsdʁ]) or Weser (German, German pronunciation: [ˈveːzɐ] (About this soundlisten)) and Vesder (Dutch, Dutch pronunciation: [ˈvɛzdər]) is a river in Liège Province, eastern Belgium. A few kilometres of the upper reaches also flow through the German municipality Roetgen and form part of the Belgian–German border.[2] The Vesdre's total length is approximately 64 kilometres (40 mi). It is a right tributary to the river Ourthe. Its source lies in the High Fens (Hautes Fagnes, Hohes Venn, Hoge Venen), close to the border with Germany near Monschau. It flows through an artificial lake (Lake Eupen), and then through the towns of Eupen, Verviers, Pepinster and Chaudfontaine. The Vesdre flows into the Ourthe a few kilometres from Liège where the Ourthe in turn flows into the river Meuse.

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Limbourg, fisherman in the Vesdre river
Course of the Vesdre
CountriesBelgium and Germany
Physical characteristics
 • location
 • coordinates
50°36′42″N 5°36′49″E / 50.6116°N 5.6135°E / 50.6116; 5.6135Coordinates: 50°36′42″N 5°36′49″E / 50.6116°N 5.6135°E / 50.6116; 5.6135
Length63.7 km (39.6 mi) [1]
Basin size695 km2 (268 sq mi) [1]
Basin features
ProgressionOurtheMeuseNorth Sea
 • leftHill, Gileppe, Hoëgne

The water of the Vesdre has a high acidity (due to the Hautes Fagnes bogs), which made it very suitable for the textiles industry around Verviers. The Vesdre was the far eastern end of the sillon industriel, the backbone of Walloon industry. Nowadays, the water of the Vesdre is mainly used as drinking water.


  1. ^ a b Hydrographic Directory of the NRW State Office for Nature, the Environment and Consumer Protection (Gewässerverzeichnis des Landesamtes für Natur, Umwelt und Verbraucherschutz NRW 2010) (xls; 4.67 MB)
  2. ^ Google (17 September 2020). "Vesdre in Roetgen" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 17 September 2020.