Established in the 7th century with the foundation of its abbey, Malmedy is a historic Belgian city near the country’s border with Germany. In the last days of World War II, the Nazis made their last major offensive campaign through the region in what is now known as the Ardennes Offensive.
Things to do in Malmédy
In the heart of Malmedy is the Cathedral of St. Peter, St. Paul and St. Quirinus, which was originally established as a church for the Malmedy Abbey. Rebuilt in 1776 on a design by Antoine Galhausen, it features a serene interior that was largely decorated by the Liege stucco artist François-Joseph Duckers. Highlights include the 18th-century organ built by Mathieu Graindorge and the stained glass windows depicting six saints.
Occupying the former abbey complex is the Malmundarium, which houses cultural, historical and artistic exhibits. Learn about the local paper industry and tanning trade, as well as Malmedy’s unique carnival celebrations. Also on display is the city’s timeline from its 7th-century founding to the dark events that took place here during World War II.
If you want to learn more, head to the Baugnez 44 Historical Center, which is located on the site of the Malmedy Massacre. Its exhibits include weaponry and vehicles from the Battle of the Bulge and information about the 84 American POWs who were killed here by the SS. After your visit, you can pay your respects at the Malmedy Massacre Memorial, which features blocks of slate inscribed with the victims’ names.
Getting around Malmédy
Malmedy is around 45 minutes’ drive from Liege and just under two hours from Brussels. Brussels Airport is 1.5 hours away and has flights to destinations across the globe. Regular buses connect to Malmedy and the city centre is compact enough to explore on foot.