STAVELOT the Coo waterfall
Source: OFICE DU TOURISME DE STAVELOT
Around the most important natural waterfall in Belgium and perfectly integrated into the surrounding landscape, the village of Coo is an important recreational center.
The oldest mention of the village of Coo, in the Latin form "collo", dates from 1307. A mill whose existence is attested in 1483 was supplied with water from Amblève. In all likelihood, the monks of Stavelot Abbey were at the origin of the construction of a meander of the river to feed the mill and not create a waterfall but it is probable that the water must however sometimes overflow and spread on the neighboring rocks…
At the very beginning of the 19th century, the waterfall attracted people ... and brand! In fact, Coo was one of the ""Spa Amusements"" circuit. Regional tourism was born!And, since 1955, an amusement park has been installed at the foot of the waterfall, perfectly integrated into nature. It has not stopped renewing itself for today becoming Plopsa Coo .
The chairlift is still one of Coo's most attractive activities ... not to mention kayaking.
The village is home to an 18th century church, dedicated to Saint Andrew.
Finally, the hydroelectric power station constitutes a strong economic link for the entire region. Functional since 1973, it is the largest power storage plant by night pumping in service in Belgium. The underground construction of most of the works of the power plant has preserved the beauty of the natural site.