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Liège is a historical city on the river Meuse, the birthplace of the Emperor Charlemagne & the writer Georges Simenon and at the crossroads of an important motorway network linking Paris, Amsterdam & Cologne -Germany, it is only a few miles away from Maastricht, Holland. By train, Liège is just two hours from Paris by Thalys or one hour from Brussels. This is the cultural center of Wallonia with an intense artistic life as well as an important architectural heritage.

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Getting There:

There are two direct trains from Brussels (North, Central and Midi stations) per hour and a ticket costs 13.70 euro.

Liege Must-Sees

Liege-Guillemins Station

The new impressive railway station Liège-Guillemins is one of biggest train hubs in Europe and is part  of the European high-speed train network. It was designed by the world famous Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. Liège-Guillemins station connects Liège to Brussels in one hour, to Paris in 2h15, to Cologne in 1h and to Frankfurt in 2h20

Prince-Bishops' Palace

Built in the 10th century, it was given its current appeareance by Prince-Bishop Erard de la Marck in 1526. The building is comprised of two courtyards. The Palace houses both the provincial government and the law court. The beautiful facade is a must see. The first courtyard is open every day. The palace itself can only be visited with an approved written request.

Collegiate churches

Liège's rich religious and cultural heritage had a profound impact on the city. It was a Prince-Bishopric for more than eight centuries and an important political center in Medieval Europe. Eight Roman Catholic collegiate churches or cathedrals were built during this period, seven remain. St. Lambert's Cathedral was demolished in 1794, but its remains can be seen at the Archéoforum. The Collegial church of Saint Bartholemew was founded outside the city walls in the 11th century  and the baptismal font is one of 'Belgium's Magnificent Seven'- the 7 most important historical treasures. Saint Paul's Cathedral, built in the 10th century, has a superbly decorated nave from the 16th C.

Spend Sunday like a Liègois

"La Batte" market is the largest and oldest market in Belgium and a veritable institution stretching over a mile with colorful stalls offering  fruit, cheeses, clothes, flower and local products (every Sunday from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm). After visiting "La Batte", time to eat the famous Boulets à la Liégeoise (meatballs with fries) in a typical Belgian café.

Museums

Liege hosts an array of fine museums and notable art galleries, often with Mosan art works. The Grand Curtis Museum, built in the 16th C., exhibits a cluster of exceptional collections of archaeology, decorative & religious art (including Mosan arts), glass (one of the top crystal and glass collections of the world), Napoleonic memorabilia and the Arms museum featuring 1,000 arms both antique and modern from over the world. The Museum of Walloon Art shows a wide range of works, everyday objects from the 16th and 21st C. The Aquarium Museum has 46 pools with 2,500 creatures representing 250 species of ocean, sea, lake and river fish from around the world and nearly 20,000 stuffed animals from every continent are exhibited in the museum.

The Liège city pass (12 â‚¬) provides free entrance to 13 museums.

Explore a unique reminder of Liège's ancient landscapes

In the heart of Liège, stroll the Coteaux de la Citadelle. Five walks full of surprises, courtyards, steps and orchards for a journey back in time. The walks are well marked, of various duration and open to all (walking shoes are recommended). A map illustrated and narrated is available for a small fee at the Tourist office of Liège. The Montagne of Bueren is a 374 steps long staircase built in 1881. For the past 20 year, the first Saturday of October, a walk is organized at night lit by 15,000 candles.

Christmas market

The Liège Christmas Market has become one of Belgium's most famous Christmas Markets with more than 2 million visitors per year from the end of November to the last day of December. Set Place St Lambert and Place du Marche, 200 wooden chalets offer gastronomic specialties, handicrafts and souvenirs. The ice rink is surrounded by stands where you can shop, eat and drink.

Look for Liège Designers

Shop'in design pocket guide lists 50 design and fashion designer stores, art galleries, artist's studios and trendy restaurants (availabe at the maison du tourisme du pays de Liège - Place Saint -Lambert 32-35).

The Mediacite designed by the architect Ron Arad is a multi-functional complex combining commerce, leisure, culture, media  and economic activity.

The Liège specialities

For those looking to fully emerge in Belgian culture and discover something new, you can enjoy the traditional cuisine of Liège.The menu includes:

Boulets a la Liégoise (Liège meatballs) : Probably the most traditionnal dish from the region. Prepared with pork and beef meat, meatballs are served with fries and a sweet sauce (a mixture of pears and apple syrup, wine, onions and peket-)

Salade Liégoise :green beans, potatoes, diced bacon

Fricassee :omelet with bacon or sausage

Liège Waffles : invented in Liège in the 18th C. and are made with chucks of sugar, which caramelize and form a crispy, crunchy coating.

Café Liégois : dessert made with coffee ice cream.

And do not forget the peket, Galler chocolate, Herve cheeses and local beers...

Liège by night

Liège has more than 22 hotels. The new Crowne Plaza Hotel is a superb architectural ensemble of two former aristocratic palaces with 126 stylish guest rooms, a brasserie, a gastronomic restaurant, a spa, a pool ... Hors Chateau is a converted 18th C. building  with 9 guest rooms. Jala Hotel , surrounded by greenery, offers contemporary design. Others Suggested Hotels

 

Where to Eat in Liège

As Ouhes Cafe Lequet El Pica Pica
Enoteca Frederic Maquin Heliport
Le Bistro d'en Face Les Coulisses L'Ecailler
Le Jardin des Begards La Tentation Chateau de Harze(Aywaille near Liege)
Au Moulin a Poivre (Seraing) Chez Massimo (Tilleur ) Donati (Jupille-sur-Meuse )
Gavius (Ans ) Frederic Catoul (Amay ) La Bartavelle (Liers )
La Bouteille a la Mer (Huy) Le Coq Aux Champs(Soheit-Tinlot ) L'Eclipse (Rocourt )
La Gastronomie du Mayeur (Wanze ) Li Cwerneu (Huy ) Le Petit Ahxe(Waremme )
La Petite Table (Rocourt ) Lucana (Wanze ) O de Vie (Juprelle )
Philippe Fauchet (Saint-Georges-sur-Meuse ) Chateau Peltzer (Verviers) Chateau de Waleffe (Faimes )
Le Castel du Val d'Or (Ocquier same distance from Spa and Liege) Le Charmes-Chambertin(Thimister-Clermont same distance from Spa and Liege) Didier Galet(Sprimont same distance from Spa and Liege)

 

 

Other Places of Interest

WWII American cimetery in Henri-Chapelle

The cemetery possesses great military historic significance as it holds fallen Americans of two major efforts, one covering the U.S. First Army's drive in September 1944 through northern France, Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg into Germany, the second covering the Battle of the Bulge.

Chateau de Jehay

Built in the 16th century, it houses breathtaking collections of furniture, silver and gold, as well as paintings and tapestries. The checker-board facade of black and white is unique in Europe. Open every day in the summer except Monday.  More castles and gardens

Visit of the mines in Blegny

Discover the authentic coal mine in the green heart of the Euregio, near the land of Dalhem-Blegny.