Introduction

Set amid gentle slopes with appealing glimpses of surrounding lush green hills, little Stavelot is the Amblève Valley’s most attractive and historic town. Its turbulent history long revolved around the scheming prince-abbots, rulers of the territory of Stavelot-Malmédy, which enjoyed long periods of virtual independence – much like Liège. Architecturally, Stavelot offers a lovable mix of grey-stone, tile-fronted and half-timbered 18th-century houses on the narrow lanes around its cobblestoned central square.