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The area of Thimister-Clermont, a commune made up of more than 5000 inhabitants, nestles in the heart of Herve country. Ideally placed in the centre of the EUREGIO, Thimister-Clermont is located less than 30 minutes away from Liège, Aachen and Maestricht and, therefore, is close to the great motorway axes of eastern Belgium.

The Thimister-Clermont economy was formerly built on family farms whose produce sold well across various markets, and on surrounding and central industries (some small textile mills, coal mines and breweries for example). The textile factories in the Vesdre basin drew on the indispensable workforce across the whole of the Herve plateau. Finally, several small shops, playing an important role, completed the economic range of our villages.

The end of the 19the century saw the arrival of the railway, and with it new growth across each sector overall. Smaller businesses started to expand, particularly the textile mills. At the same time, new markets were formed: in 1898, a cider-works put the bubbles into a drink which at the time was called "CIDER CHAMPAGNE". Over a century later this drink continues to refresh palates, nowadays with a twist of other fruit flavours.

In this new millennium, the main economic asset is located in Les Plénesses in the industial zone of VERVIERS NORD. For many years now, the commune has granted large financial resources to ensure the development of this industrial area covering 175ha, 120 of which are located in Thimister-Clermont. The commune also provides significant administrative and technical assistance to potential investors. Since 1995, many businesses have established themselves there.

However, Thimister-Clermont, is also charmingly picturesque and welcoming, promising walkers caracteristic landscapes, paths and tracks that traverse hamlets and prairies, turning the commune into a truly green paradise.

For some years now, it has been possible to enjoy this miracle of nature thanks to the old Chenée-Plombières railway (38 line) giving visitors (walkers, cross-country cyclists or horse riders) the opportunity to travel the area bit by bit to discover a series of picture perfect views maintained by Ravel, the green paths network.

If you wish to get some exercise, the health walks at Thier des Oies await you a few hundred metres outside Thimister village. A wonderful walkers map, published by the cultural centre, is available from the communal administration and from many local shops.

In terms of heritage, the commune is also very interesting, and the village of Clermont-sur-Berwinne is definitely worth a visit. Placed in a bucolic and rural setting, a short distance from the Berwinne and Bèfve streams, Clermont looks to visitors like an ancient burg perfectly preserved under a glass bell.

If la place de la Halle is one of the most picturesque of Herve, this is fundamentally because the majority of its monuments, houses and relics still remain. Indeed, the area was completely restored in 2001.

The church dedicated to Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur dominates the surrounding countryside. It was built in 1632 and is ringed by over 100 ancient crosses to the slain.

Over the centuries houses and farms have been built around the square, mostly in Mosan Renaissance and Louis XIII styles. A little path running beside the church leads to the seigneurial castle rebuilt in 1635. Visitors will be able to see the old town hall that straddles the road and discover countless other curiosities. It is not for nothing that Clermont-sur-Berwinne was elected one of the prettiest villages in Wallonia.

The merging of communes has definitely helped to unite the people of Thimister and Clermont, and unite the economic framework of the area. Its social and cultural life have contributed to the indispensable spirit which marks Thimister and Clermont today - a modern, dynamic and welcoming commune, basically a commune where life is good.