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The waterfall of Coo & Plopsa Coo

Cascade de Coo

Cascade de Coo




No more than 30 minutes by car from your gîte and you can discover in Stavelot, around the most important natural waterfall in Belgium and perfectly integrated into the surrounding landscape, the village of Coo which is an important recreational centre.

The oldest mention of the village of Coo, in the Latin form "collo", dates from 1307. A mill whose existence is attested from 1483 was powered by water from the Amblève. In all likelihood, the monks of the abbey of Stavelot were at the origin of the development of a meander in the river to feed the mill and not to create a waterfall, but it is probable that the water would however sometimes overflow and spread over the nearby rocks…

At the very beginning of the 19th century already, the waterfall attracted people and brand!

Indeed, Coo was part of the "Spa amusements" circuit.Regional tourism was born!

And, in 1955, an amusement park perfectly integrated into nature was set up at the foot of the waterfall. It has continued to renew itself to become Plopsa Coo today.

The chairlift is still one of the most attractive activities in Coo…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 whole region. Functional since 1973, it is the largest energy storage plant by night pumping in service in Belgium. The construction of most of the plant's structures underground has safeguarded the beauty of the natural site.

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