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'''Liège''' [http://www.liege.be] is the capital of the [[Belgium|Belgian]] province of [[Liège (province)|Province of Liège]], and the main city of the Liège agglomeration. Liège can be considered the cultural capital of [[Wallonia]], even though [[Namur]] is the official capital, and [[Charleroi]] is marginally bigger. And even though it is mainly famous for its industrial past - and infamous for the subsequent decline, it is a varied city with a lot of history and culture, a dramatic setting on the [[Meuse]] river and a large student population. The city is rapidly modernising, and as a result will become even more worth visiting in years to come!
 
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'''Liège''' [http://www.liege.be] is the main regional city in the province of [[Liège (province)|Liège]]. It is also [[Belgium]]'s third largest metropolis, after Brussels and Antwerp. It is the largest centre in [[Wallonia]], it has an industrial background but tend to get modernized quickly with many audacious architectural projects and international events (Departure of the Tour de France in 2012, International exposition in 2017). It is near the German and Dutch border, and is about half an hour away from each border city; Aachen (Germany) and Maastricht (The Netherlands).
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==Understand==
 
==Understand==
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Liège has a population of about 200,000, while its agglomeration - which is also home to the towns of Ans, Herstal, Seraing and Saint-Nicolas - has a population of about 750,000, making it the third largest in Belgium, after [[Brussels]] and [[Antwerp]]. Liège is not far from the border, and the Dutch city of [[Maastricht]] and the German city of [[Aachen]] are about half an hour away.
  
[[Image:Industries_in_Liege.JPG|thumb|right|Industry in Liège]]
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Liège has been an important city since the early Middle Ages, when it was the capital of the Prince-bishopric of Liège, which was to remain an independent state until the French Revolution in 1789. Liège grew to be the center of one of the world's first industrialised (coal and steel) regions outside the U.K. in the early 19th century, which led to the immigration of many Italians - who make up 5% of the population today - in the 20th century. Nowadays, Liège is home to numerous nationalities.
The population of Liège City is close to 200,000, and the metropolitan area has about 750,000 inhabitants. The city is the capital of Liège Province and most influential city in Wallonia. The language spoken is French. The knowledge of English amongst the population can vary and is generally better amongst young people.
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The city has an important Italian community (5% of the population).
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Liège has been an important city since the early Middle Ages. It was the capital of the Principality (prince-bishopric) of Liège, which remained an independent state until the French Revolution (around 1789). In the 19th century it became an early centre of industrialism. The central area of Liège presents itself as a rather interesting mix of a historic town centre (dotted with a few extremely brutalist buildings from the 1960s and 70s), a rather elegant new town with wide boulevards, tall apartment buildings (some Art Deco) and a few pretty parks. The outskirts of Liège consist mainly of 2 very distinctive areas: large industrial complexes sprawling on the river's bank in the north and the south (with the cities of Seraing and Herstal) and working-class areas in the east and the west with mainly spare green neighborhood for healthy people.
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The central area of Liège is rather an interesting combination of a historic neighbourhoods (dotted with a few extremely brutalist buildings from the 1960s and 70s), rather elegant 19th century ones with wide boulevards, tall apartment buildings (including Art Deco ones), the Meuse river and a few pretty parks. The outskirts of Liège can be divided into three distinct areas: large, sprawling industrial complexes on the river's bank around Herstal in the north and Seraing in the south, working class areas to the east of the river, and leafy neighbourhoods on the hills to the west and south-east.
Liège is located just at the beginning of the Ardennes, which makes the landscape of the south very different than the rest of the city, with high hills and a lot of forest (Sart-tilman and beyond).
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Liège has a dramatic natural setting at the meeting point of the [[Ardennes (Belgium)|Ardennes]], [[Condroz]], [[Land of Herve]] and [[Hesbaye]] regions. Part of Liège University is located at Sart-Tilman, which lies on a forested hill on the edge of the latter. The Ourthe flow into the Meuse in Liège, while the Vesdre flows into the former in the neighbourhood of Chênnée.
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Liège might not be the typical tourist destination, but many will be surprised to find a city with a special character and friendly, open inhabitants who enjoy their lives there. As is the case in the rest of Belgium, finding a good meal is no problem in Liège, and the 44,000 students who live there make sure that there is a significant nightlife, even on weekdays!
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[[Image:BE LI Liège-Hors-Château-Montagne de Bueren 2009-10-31 (3).jpg|thumb|300px|Montagne de Bueren]]
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[[Image:Liège-Hors-Château-Cour Saint-Antoine 2013-03-25 (1).jpg|thumb|300px|Cour Saint-Antoine]]
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[[Image:Liège-Hors-Château-Impasses 2011-04-28 (5).JPG|thumb|300px|Hors-Château]]
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[[Image:Liège-Pièreuse-Rue Volière-Chapelle Saint-Roche 2013-09-08 (4).jpg|thumb|300px|Chapelle Saint-Roche]]
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[[Image:Liège-Saint-Walburghe 2013-08-04 (2).jpg|thumb|300px|Saint-Martins Basilica seen from the slopes of Saint-Walburghe]]
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[[Image:06 BE LI Liège-Centre-Place Saint-Lambert 2006-11-14 (1).jpg|thumb|300px|Palais of the Prince-Bishops]]
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[[Image:07 BE LI Liège-Sainte-Margueritte-Thier de la Fontaine 2007-04-07 (1).jpg|thumb|300px|Thier de la Fontaine]]
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[[Image:08 BE LI Liège-Sainte-Margueritte-Rue des Tisserands 2011-04-28.JPG|thumb|300px|Rue des Tisserands]]
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[[Image:09 BE LI Liége-Sainte-Margueritte-Rue des Ramparts 2011-05-10 (13).JPG|thumb|300px|Rue des Remparts]]
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[[Image:10 BE LI Liège-Centre-Place Saint-Denis 2013-01-24 (2).jpg|thumb|300px|Church of Saint-Denis]]
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[[Image:11 BE LI Liège-Centre-Rue de la Régence postoffice 2011-09-03.JPG|thumb|300px|Post office]]
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[[Image:12 BE LI Liège-Centre-Place Saint-Paul 2013-05-19.jpg|thumb|300px|Saint-Paul's cathedral]]
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[[Image:13 BE LI Liège-Avroy-Avenue Rogier 2012-07-06 (1).jpg|thumb|300px|19th century architecture on Avenue Rogier]]
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[[Image:14 BE LI Liège-Outremeuse-Boulevard de la Constitution 2013-10-21 (8).jpg|thumb|300px|Boulevard de la Constitution]]
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[[Image:15 BE LI Liège-Outremeuse-Rue des Récolets 2013-02-10.JPG|thumb|300px|Rue des Récolets and the church of Saint-Nicolas. ]]
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[[Image:16 BE LI Liège-Outremeuse-Quai Edouard van Beneeden 2013-04-25 (2).JPG|thumb|300px|The natural history museum]]
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[[Image:17 BE LI Liège-Boverie-Rue L. Frédericq 2007-12-22 (1).jpg|thumb|300px|The synagogue.]]
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[[Image:18 BE LI Liège-Vennes.jpg|thumb|300px|Art-deco in les Vennes]]
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[[Image:19 BE LI Liège-Vennes-Boulevard Emille de Laveleye 2013-02-10 Vennes (3).jpg|thumb|300px|Les Vennes]]
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[[Image:20 BE LI Liège-Kinkempois-Rue d'Ougrée 2013-10-13 (5).JPG|thumb|300px|Industry in Ougrée]]
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==Speak==
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French is the native language of most people in Liège, and there are more Italian and Spanish speakers than there are speakers of Dutch, Belgium's other major language. Some students are native German speakers, as a small part in the east of the Province of Liège is German speaking. English is not widely spoken, but understood by some.
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
  
 
===By plane===
 
===By plane===
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* '''Liège airport''' [http://www.liegeairport.com/] specialises in freight and is Europe's 7th larges cargo airport. It nonetheless serves passenger destinations (both charter and regular) such as: [[Agadir]], [[Alicante]],[[Bodrum]], [[Catania]], [[Corfu]], [[Djerba]], [[Heraklion]], [[Hurghada]], [[Ibiza]], [[Izmir]], [[Las Palmas]], [[Malaga]],  [[Monastir]], [[Palma de Mallorca]], [[Pristina]], [[Rhodes]], [[Tel Aviv]] and [[Tenerife]]. Reaching the city center by public transportation is a bit tricky. Check the TEC (Walloon bus service) website for further information.
  
* '''Liège airport''' [http://www.liegeairport.com/] Specialising in freight (7th biggest cargo airport in Europe), the airport is nevertheless home to charter flights and a few regular lines, with routes to/from [[Agadir]], [[Alicante]],[[Bodrum]], [[Catania]], [[Corfu]], [[Djerba]], [[Heraklion]], [[Hurghada]], [[Ibiza]], [[Izmir]], [[Las Palmas]], [[Malaga]],  [[Monastir]], [[Palma de Mallorca]], [[Pristina]], [[Rhodes]], [[Tel Aviv]] and [[Tenerife]]. Reaching the city centre with public transportation is a bit tricky. Check the TEC (local city bus) website for further information.
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* '''Brussels Airport''' [http://www.brusselsairport.be/] is your most likely point of entry into Belgium, and Liège can be reached by train via [[Leuven|Louvain/Leuven]] or Brussels-North station.  
  
* '''Brussels Airport''' [http://www.brusselsairport.be/] is your most likely point of entry into Belgium.  To reach Liège, take the train to [[Leuven|Louvain/Leuven]], or Brussels-Nord and change for Liège.
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* '''Brussels South Charleroi Airport''' [http://charleroi-airport.com/], which is located in Charleroi, 60 kilometers to the south of Brussels, is a hub for low-cost airlines such as Ryanair and Wizzair. Take city bus Line A from outside the airport departures hall to Charleroi-Sud train station for €3. From here there are direct trains to Liège every hour between 5.00 and 23.00. The journey takes approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes.
  
* '''Brussels South Charleroi Airport''' [http://charleroi-airport.com/], located in [[Charleroi]], is an alternative for low-cost airlines such as Ryanair and WizzAir.  From the airport, take the city bus Line A (stop is outside of the departure hall), which costs €3 one way to Charleroi-Sud (south) train station, then the train to Liège-Guillemins. Train departs once every hour from 5AM. Last train leaves at 23:00. The trip takes approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes.
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* '''Maastricht-Aachen Airport''' [http://www.maa.nl] Ryan air flies on some routes from this Airport, which is about 40 kilometers from Liège, near the Dutch city of Maastricht. To get to Liège, take a bus to Maastricht and a train to Liège.
  
* '''Maastricht Airport''' [http://www.maa.nl] is also close to the city. Ryanair has some service from the city (a lot less than Charleroi though). Transportation to Liège can be done by train.
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* '''Cologne-Bonn Airport''' is served by Wizzair, and is about an hour and a half from Liège by train.  
  
* '''Frankfurt Airport''' [http://www.frankfurt-airport.com/] has a thrice daily direct high-speed train link to Liège-Guillemins. More frequencies can be found if you make a stop in Cologne.
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* '''Frankfurt Airport''' [http://www.frankfurt-airport.com/] has a thrice daily direct high-speed train link to Liège-Guillemins. Higher frequencies can be found in Cologne, which is on the way.
  
 
===By train===
 
===By train===
Liège-Guillemins is the main station, located on the southwest part of the city.
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The city's main railway station - Liège-Guillemins - is located in the south-western part of the city. The station is served by Thalys [http://www.thalys.com] and ICE [http://www.db.de/] high speed trains to and from Brussels, [[Paris]], Aachen, [[Cologne]] and [[Frankfurt]].
Thalys [http://www.thalys.com] and ICE [http://www.db.de/] high-speed trains serve [[Brussels]], [[Paris]], [[Aachen]], [[Cologne]] and [[Frankfurt]]. Beware that unlike most train stations in Belgium, Liège-Guillemins is not a walking distance away from the city centre (20-25min). You can take a bus which cost €1.40 one way, or taxi which cost around 8-10 euros. The cheapest alternative being changing to another train that's heading to the station called "Liège-Palais". The fare of this trip is included in your ticket to Liège-Guillemins. The trip takes around 6 mins.
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From [[Brussels]], intercity service runs at least hourly and takes about 60 minutes from Brussels Nord. From Brussels Airport, take the airport shuttle to [[Leuven]] and take intercity service from there. From the [[Netherlands]], connect in [[Maastricht]]. Trains run at least hourly and take about 30 minutes.
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Direct intercity trains run hourly from Brussels (1 hour), Namur (50 minutes), Aachen (50 minutes) and [[Luxembourg]], while regular regional trains serve Maastricht (30 minutes) and other towns.
  
Once you are at Liège-Guillemins station, you can get to city centre by changing to a train heading for Gare du Palais, or by taking the number 1 or number 4 bus just outside the station to Place St. Lambert. Another alternative is route 48 which takes you to the Opera. Note that all routes run both ways at the stop of Liège-Guillemins station, make sure to take the buses that have either "Pl. St. Lambert" or "Opera" on their destination sign. Like aforementioned, change train to Liège-Palais station also takes you directly to centre.
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Liège-Guillemins is located 3 kilometers, or 20-25 minute walk from the city center. The cheapest way to get to the center bar walking, is to take a regional train to Liège-Palais station (6 minutes, direction: Herstal, Liers). The ticket you used on the train to Liège will still be valid on this train.
  
===By car===
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Alternatively, you can take bus number 1, 4 (direction 'Opera') or 48 (direction 'Place Saint-Lambert') for €1.40 (one way), or taxi for about €8-10 euros.
  
Liège is the crossroads for several major motorways. Its "ring" has 6 branches in clockwise order:  
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===By car===
* the E25, to the south, towards [[Luxembourg]] and into [[France]] via [[Metz]], [[Nancy]], [[Lyon]]
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Liège lies at the crossroads of several major motorways. Its "ring" has 6 branches:  
* the E42, to the west, crosses [[Wallonia]] via [[Bergen|Mons/Bergen]] before entering [[France]] via [[Valenciennes]], [[Paris]]
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* the E25 south to Luxembourg and the French cities of [[Metz]], [[Nancy]] and [[Lyon]].
* the E40, to the west, leading to the Belgian coast via [[Brussels]]
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* the E42 to the west crosses most of Wallonia, passing Namur, Charleroi and Mons before heading to [[Valeniciennes]] and Paris, France.
* the E313, leading to [[Antwerp]] and on to the large coastal cities of the [[Netherlands]]
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* the E40 leads west to Brussels and the Belgian coast.
* the E25, to the north, with [[Maastricht]] a stone's throw away (30 km) and the rest of the [[Netherlands]] beyond
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* the E313 to Antwerp and the large coastal cities of the Netherlands in the north-west.
* the E40, to the east, entering [[Germany]] via [[Aachen]]A second branch (Actually the E42) splits off at [[Verviers]], heading to [[Trier]].
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* the E25, to Maastricht (30 km) and the rest of the Netherlands in the north.
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* the E40 to Aachen (Germany) and further east.  The E42 branches in a southern direction at Battice, heading to [[Verviers]] and [[Trier]](Germany).
  
Since it is a fairly large city, many motorway exits are signposted for "Liège". When coming from [[Germany]] or [[Netherlands]], follow the E25 to its end, then follow the road signs to the center.  If you are coming from [[Luxembourg]], exit at "Angleur" and follow signs to the center, or to continue on to the exit marked "Liège-centre". Finally, coming from [[Paris]], [[Lille]], [[Brussels]], or [[Antwerp]], follow signs to [[Luxembourg]] until you reach the exit marked "Liège-centre." When comming from Flanders, Liège is named as "Luik."
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Liège is signposted on many motorways. Simply follow the E25 to its end and follow the signs to the center when coming from Germany or the Netherlands.
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Exit at 'Angleur' and follow 'Centre', or take the exit 'Liège-Centre' when coming from Luxembourg. And finally, follow the signs to Luxembourg until you reach the 'Liège-Centre' exit when coming from Paris, Lille, Brussels or Antwerp. Take note that Liège is indicated as 'Luik' on motorways in Flanders.
  
 
===By bus===
 
===By bus===
Liège is well-connected by bus, notably in the Eurolines [http://www.eurolines.be/] network on rue des Guillemins, near the train station.
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Liège is well-connected to the Eurolines [http://www.eurolines.be/] network. Tickets can be bough online or at the Eurolines office on Rue des Guillemins, near the station.
  
 
===By boat===
 
===By boat===
Individuals arriving with their own boat are welcome at the port des Yachts.  
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People arriving in their own boat are welcome at the Port des Yachts.  
  
Many organised cruises departing from [[Maastricht]] stop in the center of Liège, on the right bank (quai Marcatchou to quai Van Beneden).
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Many organised cruises from Maastricht stop on Quai Van Beneden.
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
 
 
===By car===  
 
===By car===  
Unlike most Belgian cities, Liège has not an inner ring built along the path of the old city walls.  Instead, the main streets were laid out along the old branches of the river, which makes their organisation a bit obscure.
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Unlike in most Belgian cities, where the inner rings were built along the paths of the old ramparts, Liège's main roads were laid out along old branches of the Meuse, which sometimes makes navigating them a bit more difficult.
  
Leave your car in one of the city-center parking garages, especially if you have no map of to your destination.
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There are many parking garages in the city center.
  
Here are the main routes for cars:  
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The main routes for cars are:  
* the motorway E40-E25 that crosses parts of the city
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* the E40 and E25 motorways, that cross parts of the city
* the Boulevards "d'Avroy" and "de la Sauvenière", the main route between the center and the train station
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* the Boulevards "d'Avroy" and "de la Sauvenière", which connect the center to the Guillemins station
* the Quais "de la Meuse" and "de la Dérivation", which link to/from the two branches of the E25
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* the Quais "de la Meuse" and "de la Dérivation", which connect with the E25 in the north and south
  
 
===By bus===
 
===By bus===
TEC [http://www.infotec.be/] is the main bus company. Most lines converge towards one of the city-center bus "terminals." These terminals are located at Gare Léopold, Place Saint-Lambert, Place de la République Française, and around the Opéra/Theater (all the four are very close to one another). The names of these five sites are used to indicate the direction of the bus, according to the line taken.
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As in the rest of Wallonia, bus transport in Liège is provided by TEC [http://www.infotec.be/].
  
Several other lines leave from the train station Liège-Guillemins. Among them, two lines link the station with city center: the #4, a circular line (direction "Bavière" to go from the station to the center, direction "d'Harscamp" for the reverse trip), and the #1 which runs train station to city center and on to Coronmeuse.
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Most lines into Liège converge at on of the city's central bus "terminals" - Gare Léopold, Place Saint-Lambert, Place de la République Française or Opéra - which are very close to each other. Therefore, all buses marked with one of these destinations are heading for the center.
  
There also is a few lines that start from the intersection of the Boulevard d'Avroy and the "Pont d'Avroy", the main shopping street.
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Line 1 (direction 'Coronmeuse') and 4 (direction 'Bavière') connect Guillemins station to the center, while the return journey is marked 'd'Harscamp'.  
  
You can ask for a free printed version of each bus schedule at the terminal of the line.
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Some lines depart from the intersection of Boulevard d'Avroy and Rue Pont d'Avroy, near to the main shopping streets.
  
More and more bus stops now show the waiting time for the next bus on each line, and many busses are equipped to display the next stop and adapted for people with reduced mobility. Nevertheless, be aware that the next stop screens are not always synchronised with the bus stops. For people using a bus line they're not familiar with, ask the driver to warn you when you are arriving at the bus stop you are looking for.
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Take note that few lines run after midnight.
  
Unfortunately, however, few lines run after midnight.
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Bus stops and buses alike are currently being equipped with digital signs indicating departures or next stops, though travelers should be aware that they are not always well synchronised. The bus service is also becoming increasingly better suited to the needs of disabled travelers.
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Free schedules and maps are available at the bus termiminals and at Guillemins station.
  
 
===By bike===
 
===By bike===
Travelling by bike in the city center is easy, but the hillsides can be a bit steep (between 5 and 15%). Reaching the higher neighborhoods will require a bit of training and a multi-speed bike!
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The  city center can be traveled by bike, though one should be aware that most main roads are a bit dangerous. Cyclists can use one-way streets in both directions when it is marked 'sauf (bike symbol)', which is usually the case.
  
Cycling paths are regularly added and improved, though the main roads remain a bit dangerous.  Most one-way streets can be travelled in the opposite direction by cyclists. A map of cycling paths is available at the tourist information office. In addition, there's a "Ravel" (a path for walkers and cyclists) along the right bank of the river Meuse.
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The steep hills make cycling outside the center is a bit more difficult, and reaching higher neighbourhoods requires both training and a multi-speed bike!
  
* La Maison des Cyclistes [http://www.provelo.be]
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Cycle paths are regularly added and improved, and parts of the Wallonia-wide network of foot and bike-paths ([http://ravel.wallonie.be/opencms/opencms/fr'''Ravel'''])pass through the city, most notably along the river. A map of the Ravel is available at the tourist office.
  
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* La Maison des Cyclistes [http://www.provelo.be] - bike rentals
Most of the areas in city center are easily accessible on foot, and walking provides an interesting perspective on the city itself. The trip from the train station at Guillemins to the city center requires a bit more timeL about 30 min.
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Walking is the best way to see the city, and most of the central part of Liège - including some green areas - are within walking distance.
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
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Though too messy for the tastes of some people in neighbouring countries, Liège offers a fascinating mix of buildings to people who are passionate about all styles of pre-war architecture. For as well as the industrial wastelands, motorways and occasional brutalist monstrosity that gave it its bad name, the city's long history of both ecclesiastical and industrial power have left it with an an impressive heritage that encompasses medieval and Victorian architecture, art-nouveau, art-deco, early modernism and everything in between.
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As it is located in the steep-sided valley of the Meuse, Liège is also home to numerous stairways - that often lead to spectacular views.
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[[Image:Map-liege.jpg|thumb|upright=3|center|]]
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===Center and adjacent areas===
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The city center can be roughly divided into two halves, with Place Saint-Lambert and Rue Léopold between the two:
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====Hors-Château====
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The northern part of the center - which goes by the name of Hors-Château - is the best preserved, and contains numerous listed buildings as well many of its main sights:
  
[[Image:St Paul's Cathedral, Liege.jpg|thumb|St Paul's Cathedral]]
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* Whoever thought the [[Paris|Montmartre]] or the [[Odessa|Potemkin steps]] were impressive should see Liège's '''Montagne de Bueren''', the 373 step stairway that leads up to a magnificent view of Liège from the Citadel!
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* Rue '''Hors Château''' and '''En Feronstrée''' are worth visiting for the many beautiful examples of the regional 'Mosan'-style architecture, that date back to the eighteenth century.
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* The '''Couvent des Carmes''' (1654) on Rue Hors-Château.
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* The recently renovated '''Church of Saint Barthélémy''' - which was built at the end of the 11th century, as the last of seven "collégiales liégeoises" - hosts the font of a local parish church, that can be considered a masterpiece of medieval goldsmithery. It is located between Rue Hors-Château and En Ferenstrée (rue Saint Barthélémy 2, open 10-12AM and 2-5PM from Monday to Saturday, and 2-5PM on Sundays, 1,25€, +32 (0)4 223 4998).
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* '''Cour Saint Antoine''' - a courtyard between Rue Hors-Château and En Feronstrée - is worth a visit for its tasteful contemporary Mosan architecture (1980's) by Liège "starchitect" Charles Vanderhove.
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* The '''Impasses''' - a series of picturesque alleyways off Rue Hors-Château, with a view on the green slopes of the hill of the citadel.
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* '''Pierreuse''' - A small area of steep, medieval streets behind Liège-Palais station (Rue Pierreuse, Rue Volière, Fond Saint Servais and Au Péry) that lead up to the citadel. The 16th century '''Chapel of Saint-Roche''' on Rue Volière is magnificent, but sadly only open on [http://www.journeesdupatrimoine.be/ '''heritage days''']. The equally picturesque '''Church of Saint-Servais''' lies just a few doors down from Saint-Roche.
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* The beautiful hillside gardens of the '''Cotteaux''' can be reached from Rue Pierreuse in the daytime, but are closed at night. The hillside between Rue Saint-Walburghe and Rue de Campine - which can be accessed from the top of Rue de Campine, a short walk from the top of Rue Pierreuse, or from a stairway halfway up Rue Saint-Walburge - is a pleasant piece of nature with a nice view of Saint-Martin's Basilica.
  
* '''Place St. Lambert''' (Saint Lambert's square)
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The following museums are in the Hors-Château area:
* The [[Outremeuse]] district, notably the Rue Roture.
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===Historic Center===
 
* The '''Palace of the Prince-Bishops''' - Composed of the Palace of Justice (classic façade at Place Saint Lambert 18) and the Provincial Palace (lateral neo-gothic façade at place Notger 2).  This palace is the heart of the city, and represents the political power of the old Prince-Bishops of Liège. 
 
* The representation of their religious power was the large '''Gothic Cathedral of Notre Dame and Saint Lambert''', torn down at the start of the 19th century after the revolution of Liège and today memorialized by metal columns and a design traced on the ground. 
 
* There's also an underground '''archéoforum [http://www.archeoforum.be]''', an archeological site with the remains of the three (successive) cathedrals on the site, as well as a building from Roman times.  (Open 10AM-6PM from Tuesday to Saturday, 11AM-6PM on Sunday, closed on Monday, €5.50 (Guided); €3.00 (Un-Guided), +32 (0)4 250 93 70.)
 
* At '''Place Saint Lambert 9-17''', you can admire the neo-classic façades, dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
 
* The '''Town Hall''', '''Perron''', and houses along the market square.  The town hall (place du Marché, 2), also called "La Violette", is an elegant classic building.  It was built in 1714, during reconstruction after the French attacks in 1691. It can be visited on rare occasions only, except for the "salle des pas perdus" - "room of lost steps" which is freely accessible.  The houses on the square, with their charming blue stone and brick faces, date from the same period.  The Perron, symbol of the city's freedom, is at the center of the square above the fountain that acts as its support.  The perron is one of the symbols of the city and was used to render justice. 
 
* The '''streets Hors Château and En Feronstrée''' are worth a visit for the architecture of the large villas and more modest houses, most dating to the 18th century.  In particular, the '''Hôtel d’Ansembourg''' at Feronstrée 114, now a museum, is worth visiting for the well-preserved original interior (1-6PM except Mondays, 3,80€, +32 (0)4 221 9402).
 
 
* The '''Museum of Walloon Art''' (en Féronstrée 86), a bit further along in a modern building, has a panorama of works by regional painters since the Roman times.  (Open 1-6PM Tu-Sa, 11AM-4:30PM Su, closed Mo, 3,80€, +32 (0)4 221 9231).  
 
* The '''Museum of Walloon Art''' (en Féronstrée 86), a bit further along in a modern building, has a panorama of works by regional painters since the Roman times.  (Open 1-6PM Tu-Sa, 11AM-4:30PM Su, closed Mo, 3,80€, +32 (0)4 221 9231).  
 
* The '''Curtius Palace''', quai de Maestricht 13. This imposing 8-story building from the start of the 17th century was the store of a rich arms merchant.  The nearby '''Hôtel de Hayme de Bomal''' (quai de Maestricht 8 and rue Feronstrée 122) was an official building under French rule and twice welcomed Napoleon.  These two buildings and several other historic buildings provide the backdrop for the '''Museum Grand Curtius''' with its art and history collections.   
 
* The '''Curtius Palace''', quai de Maestricht 13. This imposing 8-story building from the start of the 17th century was the store of a rich arms merchant.  The nearby '''Hôtel de Hayme de Bomal''' (quai de Maestricht 8 and rue Feronstrée 122) was an official building under French rule and twice welcomed Napoleon.  These two buildings and several other historic buildings provide the backdrop for the '''Museum Grand Curtius''' with its art and history collections.   
* '''Saint Barthélémy Church''' (rue Saint Barthélémy 2) was the last of 7 "collégiales liégeoises" to be built, near the end of the 11th century. Recently renovated, it is home to the masterwork of the Liège goldsmiths from the Middle Ages: the baptismal fonts from the old parish church of the cathedral.  (Open 10-12AM and 2-5PM from Monday to Saturday, 2-5PM Sundays, 1,25€, +32 (0)4 223 4998).
 
 
* The '''Museum of Wallonian Life''' is an ethnological mueseum hosted in an old convent.  (Cour des Mineurs, closed for renovation until spring 2008, +32 (0)4 237 9040).
 
* The '''Museum of Wallonian Life''' is an ethnological mueseum hosted in an old convent.  (Cour des Mineurs, closed for renovation until spring 2008, +32 (0)4 237 9040).
 
* The '''Museum of Religious Art''' (rue Mère Dieu 1) will be integrated into the future Museum Grand Curtius, but can now be visited separately. (Open 11AM-6PM Tu-Sa, 11AM-4PM Su, closed Mo, 3,80€, +32 (0)4 221 4225).  
 
* The '''Museum of Religious Art''' (rue Mère Dieu 1) will be integrated into the future Museum Grand Curtius, but can now be visited separately. (Open 11AM-6PM Tu-Sa, 11AM-4PM Su, closed Mo, 3,80€, +32 (0)4 221 4225).  
* The '''Mountain of Bueren and the slopes of the Citadel'''. Climb the imposing staircase of 373 steps, or opt for the smaller streets and stairways leading up to the Citadel's slopes. From the top, you'll have a lovely view of the city, from the Palace rooves to the ancient watchtower.  
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* The '''Hôtel d’Ansembourg''' is now a museum, and can be recommended for its well-preserved interiour. (En Feronstrée 114, 1-6PM except Mondays, 3,80€, +32 (0)4 221 9402).
* The '''streets Fond Saint Servais, Pierreuse and du Péry''' are typically quaint and lead up to the remains of the old citadel, with an ancient well, a monument commemorating the Second World War, and in particular a superb view over the city.
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====Place du Marché and Place Saint-Lambert====
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The southern end of Hors-Château is marked by '''Place du Marché''', a square lined with cafe's, 15th century houses and the elegant '''town hall'''.The 'salle des pas perdus' (room of lost steps) is open to visitors, though the rest of the town hall - which was destroyed by the French in 1691 and rebuilt in 1714 - is usually closed. The '''Perron''' - the monumental fountain that is the symbol of the city's freedom - stands in the middle of the square.
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'''Place Saint Lambert''' - which is adjacent to Place du Marché, and at the front of Liège-Palais station - is considered the heart of Liège. The square was home to the Our Lady of Saint-Lambert Cathedral until it was demolished by the citizens of Liège in the wake of the French revolution in the early 19th century. The cathedral is commemorated today by two rows of metal columns and tracings of its former contours on the ground. Sadly, Place-Lambert and the adjacent area around the Opera were further damaged by planners in the '70's, resulting in it being no more than a hole in the cityscape for years to come. Nonetheless, some tasteful new buildings have been built in recent years, and some old ones still remain:
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* The '''Prince-Bishops' Palace''' - which now houses the law-court and provincial government - occupies the northern side of the square, as a testament to the former power of this monarchy. The building has a beautiful courtyard, a neo-classical facade on the Place Saint-Lambert side, and a neo-gothic one on Place Notger. (unguided visit: €3.00, +32 (0)4 250 93 70.)
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* The old part of the '''Ilot Saint-Michel''' - which lies behind the shopping center of the same name, and directly opposite Liège-Palais station - gives a good impression of what the area around Place Saint-Lambert used to look like. The area hosts a number of 18th century buildings and the '''collegiate of Sainte-Croix'''.
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There's one museum ''under'' Place Saint-Lambert:
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* '''Archéoforum [http://www.archeoforum.be]''' - an archeological site showcasing the remains of the three (successive) cathedrals that stood on the site, as well as those of a building from Roman times. (Open 10AM-6PM from Tuesday to Saturday, 11AM-6PM on Sunday, closed on Monday, Guided tour: €5.50).
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====Saint-Margueritte and Saint-Martin====
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One of the most beautiful historic parts of Liège - the area that lies beyond Ilot Saint-Michel, around '''Saint-Martins Basilica''' (1506-1542) - is not actually part of the historic center, but a 16th century 'faubourg' (suburb). There are a number of stairways over the remains of the faubourg's ramparts:
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* '''Thier de la Fontaine''', which leads down from Rue du Mont Saint-Martin through the ramparts to the neighbourhood of Saint-Gilles to the south.
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* '''Rue des Tissarands''' - on the opposite side of Rue du Mont Saint-Martin - leads down past the basilica to the multicultural neighbourhood of Sainte-Margueritte. Another staircase - '''Rue des Ramparts''' - climbs the small hill directly opposite Rue des Tissarands, and has a forgotten "lost world" quality.
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'''Rue du Montagne Saint-Martin''' itself (and its extension '''Rue Saint-Laurent''') are lined with old houses and a number of other notable buildings, such as '''Sainte-Gertrude's church''' and '''Saint-Laurent Abbey'''. '''Rue Monulphe''' is a pleasant, steep street leading down from Rue Saint-Laurent to Liège-Jonfosse station.
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'''The southern part of the center''' - to the south of Place Saint-Lambert and Rue Léopold - is slightly larger, and home to the neighbourhood of Saint-Denis and the area around the cathedral.
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Though more rundown, Saint-Denis - which lies directly to the south of Rue Léopold along Rue de la Cathédrale - is just as old as Hors-Château, and has a certain charm of its own. The area boasts a myriad of architectural styles, with the highpoints being the 10th century '''Church of Saint-Denis''', the adjacent square, and the monumental 19th century (former) '''post-office'''.
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The area around '''Saint-Pauls Cathedral''', Boulevard de la Sauvenière and Opéra is the part of the center with the most to do, eat, drink and buy (see the respective sections of this article), but has a mixed cityscape that also hosts more ugly buildings than the rest of the center. It nonetheless contains a number of sights:
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* '''Saint-Jacques church''' and the neighbouring '''Abbey of Beaurepart-en-Île''', which are sadly flanked by some extremely ugly buildings to the north.
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* '''Collegiate of Saint-Jean the evangelist'''.
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* The '''Abbaye de la Paix Notre-Dame''' and '''Église du Saint-Sacrement''' on boulevard d'Avroy.
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* The early modernist '''Athénée Léonie de Waha''', also on Boulevard d'Avroy.
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The following museums are in the northern part of the center:
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* '''Cité des Miroirs''' - a recently renovated art-deco swimming pool that host exhibitions on photography.
  
 
===Outremeuse===
 
===Outremeuse===
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Outremeuse - which lies on the eastern bank of the Meuse, on an island between the former and the Dérivation de la Meuse - can be considered Liège's second center. It is a 'quartier populair' (even though some parts are quite middle-class) with a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere, and a '[[Paris|Haussmann]]' style street layout that also accommodates narrow, medieval streets between the main Boulevards. Crime fiction writer Georges Simenon, who is best known for the Maigret series, was born in Outremeuse, and the atmosphere of his stories can still be felt in some parts of the neighbourhood.
  
On the opposite bank of the river, the Outremeuse district has few memorable buildings, but a welcoming atmosphere. 
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Boulevard de la Constitution, Boulevard Saucy and the area around Place du Congrès and Rue Jean d'Outremeuse, have an elegant 19th century look, while Rue Gravioule, Rue des Tanneurs, Chaussée des Prés, Rue Puits-en-Sock, Rue Roture, Rue des Récollets, Rue Beauregard and Rue Fosse aux Raines have a more "medieval" look. The latter is home to the beautiful 18th century '''Church of Saint-Nicolas''', the immediate neighbour of the youth hostel. (the church is open every day from 8AM to 12AM)
* The '''Feast of the Assumption''' (15 August) is celebrated here by the entire city and countless visitors. 
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* A '''circuit''' is dedicated to Simenon (author of the Maigret stories), and a museum will be opening shortly. 
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* The main buildings of interest in the district are:
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** '''Convent "des Récollets"''' (rue Georges Simenon 2, 4, 9-13)
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** '''Saint Nicolas Church''' (rue Fosse-aux-raines 7, open everyday 8AM to 12AM)
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** '''"Sainte Barbe" hospice''' (place Ste Barbe)
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** The '''stable of the Fonck barracks''' and '''Bavière hospital''' (boulevard de la Constitution)
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** '''Destenay school''' (boulevard Saucy 16)
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** The '''Physiology Institute''' (place Delcourt 17).
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* Two interesting museums: Grétry Museum (Rue des Récollets 34, 2PM-4PM Tu&Fr, 10AM-12PM Su, +32 (0)4 343 1610) and the Museum of Tchantchès, dedicated to the city mascot who is also the main character for the local marrionnette theaters (rue Surlet 56, 2-4 PM Su except July, Tu&Th, +32 (0)4 342 7575).  
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* The most-visited museum complex in Liège and Wallonia is here, comprised of the '''Aquarium''', the '''House of Science''', and the '''Zoology Museum''', all housed in a neo-classic University building, quai Van Beneden (aquarium and museum : 9AM-5PM Mo-Fr, 10AM - 6PM during school vacations, 1030AM-6PM on holidays, €5, +32 (0)4 366 5021 ; House of Science: restricted hours, €3 ; +32 (0)4 366 5015).
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* Departing from the amphitheater along the quay, a '''bateau-mouche''' (covered boat) offers river tours, from 1 Apr to 30 Oct (11AM, 1PM, 3PM and 5PM, €6, +32 (0)4 221 9221 et +32 (0)4 366 5021).
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The following museums are in Outremeuse:
* The '''market''' "Marché de la Batte" is where most locals visit on Sundays. The one of the longest markets in Europe stretches along the Meuse River by the Université de Liège and attracts many visitors to Liège. The market typically runs from early morning to 2 o'clock in the afternoon every weekend year long. Produce, clothing, and snack vendors are the main concentration of the market.
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* '''Flea Markets''' at Saint Gilles (every Saturday morning on Boulevard Louis Hillier) and Saint Pholien (every Friday morning on Boulevard de la Constitution) also attract many visitors.  
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* The '''Aquarium''' which is housed in the same neo-classical building as the '''Maison de la Science''' and  '''Zoological institute''' is the most visited museum in Wallonia, as well as one of the cheapest places in Europe to see a man-eating shark! (Quai Van Beneden, aquarium and museum : 9AM-5PM Mo-Fr, 10AM - 6PM during school vacations, 1030AM-6PM on holidays, €5, +32 (0)4 366 5021 ; House of Science: restricted hours, €3 ; +32 (0)4 366 5015)
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* '''Musée Grétry''' - (Rue des Récollets 34, 2PM-4PM Tu&Fr, 10AM-12PM Su, +32 (0)4 343 1610)
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* '''Museum of Tchantchès''' - dedicated to the city's mascot, who is also the main character in local puppet theaters. (rue Surlet 56, 2-4 PM Su except July, Tu&Th, +32 (0)4 342 7575)
  
* The '''celebrations of 15 August''' in Outremeuse welcome more than 300,000 people each year.  
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The southern point of the (Outrmeuse) island is occupied by '''Parc de la Boverie''', a beautiful park that is flanked by the river on two sides, and by the Palais des Congrès and a street of art-nouveau and art-deco houses on the third side. The '''Museum of Modern Art''' - which is currently closed for renovation/expansion - is located in a neo-baroque building in the middle of the park. The park is also home to an aviary.
  
* The '''fair''', held since the city was established, has become a fun-fair.  It takes place from the first weekend in October to the second weekend in November (6 weeks).
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* Liège's neo-Byzantine '''Synagogue''' - which is usually closed - is located close to Parc de la Boverie, on Rue Léon Frédéricq, an otherwise rather uninteresting street.
  
* The '''Christmas Village''', one of the biggest and oldest in the country, has more than one million visitors each year.  
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===Other neighbourhoods===
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* While most of Liège has quite a varied cityscape, that of the south-eastern '''Vennes''' neighbourhood - around Boulevard Emile de Laveleye, Avenue du Luxembourg and Avenue Reine Elisabeth - is uniformly Art-Deco, and a fine example at that, even in a country that is rich in the style. The neighbourhood is home to both upmarket and council housing, as well as the Church of '''Saint-Vincent''', which is located opposite Parc de la Boverie. The '''Public Transport Museum [http://www.musee-transports.be/]''' is also located in the area (Rue Richard Heintz 9, 1 March - 30 November, Weekdays: 10.00 – 12.00 and 13.30 – 17.00, Weekends and public holidays: 14:00 – 18:00, € 5,00 for adults and € 2,00 for groups)
  
* The '''Celebrations of Wallonia''' (2nd weekend in September), the '''nuit des Coteaux''' (night events in the historic center), the '''Secret Gardens and Corners Day'''  (''la journée Jardins et Coins secrets'' - 3rd Sunday in June), and the '''heritage days''' (''les journées du patrimoine'' - end September) are other key dates in Liège.  
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* Liège's main railway station - '''Liège-Guillemins''' - was designed by "starchitect" Santiago Calatrava, and is a tourist attraction in its own right.
  
* Visit the '''Carré District''', where you can celebrate or party on any day, at any timeIt's the preferred district of students, alternating shops and cafés, many of which allow dancing (sometimes on the tables!). 
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* '''Parc Botanique''' is a pleasant park situated in an elegant 19th century neighbourhood.   
  
* The '''Festival of Walking''', in the second half of August, offers urban walks.  
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* Cointe - which lies immediately behind Liège-Guillemins - is the leafy hilltop neighbourhood that is home to the art-deco '''Sacred-Heart church and WW1 memorial'''. Boulevard Gustav Kleyer has an impressive view over the city.
  
* The '''Philharmonic Orchestra''', '''Royal Opera''', and '''Theater de la Place''' head up the cultural life in Liège.  
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* Vaux-sous-Chêvremont - in the extreme south-east of the city - is a pleasent "village" on the Vesdre river. The hill of the '''Basilica of Chêvremont''' offers an excellent view over part of the city and the surrounding forests of the Condroz and Ardennes regions.
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* Departing from the amphitheater along the quay, a '''bateau-mouche''' (covered boat) offers river tours, from 1 Apr to 30 Oct (11AM, 1PM, 3PM and 5PM, €6, +32 (0)4 221 9221 et +32 (0)4 366 5021).
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===Festivals and celebrations===
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* The '''celebrations of 15 August''' in Outremeuse welcome more than 300,000 people each year. 
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* The '''fair''', held since the city was established, has become a fun-fair.  It takes place from the first weekend in October to the second weekend in November (6 weeks). 
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* The '''Christmas Village''', one of the biggest and oldest in the country, has more than one million visitors each year. 
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* The '''Celebrations of Wallonia''' (2nd weekend in September),
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* The '''nuit des Coteaux''' (night events in the historic center), the '''Secret Gardens and Corners Day'''  (''la journée Jardins et Coins secrets'' - 3rd Sunday in June), and the '''heritage days''' (''les journées du patrimoine'' - end September) are other key dates in Liège.
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* The '''Festival of Walking''', in the second half of August, offers urban walks.
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* The '''Feast of the Assumption''' (15 August) is celebrated here by the entire city and countless visitors. (Outremeuse)
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* A '''circuit''' is dedicated to Simenon (author of the Maigret stories), and a museum will be opening shortly
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* Nocturne de la Musique
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* Les Ardentes 
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===Music and art venues===
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* The '''Philharmonic Orchestra''', '''Royal Opera''', and '''Theater de la Place''' head up the cultural life in Liège.
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*'''Le Forum''' (rue Pont d’Avroy 45), a small but exceptionally-decorated venue, offers concerts, comedy performances, etc.  '''Country Hall''' (in the outskirts) is a relatively new venue for huge shows and sporting events. 
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* '''La Zone''' is the place in Liège for alternative and underground music and arts. Opens only on events, check their program on the web before going there. Non expensive bar with plenty of soft drinks, beers and wine.* <do name="La Zone" alt="Music club" address="Quai de l'Ourthe, 42 - 4020 Liège" directions="" phone="043410727" email="info@lazone.be" fax="" url="http://www.lazone.be" hours="" price=""></do>
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* Le Hangar -
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* The Shamrock - there's nothing Irish about this small but cozy "Irish" pub that hosts concerts on friday evenings.
  
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===Theatres===
 
* Liège is the European city with the most theaters per person.  Liège has an international reputation especially for its '''marionnette theaters''', whose performances often involve the traditionnal folklore character ''Tchantchès'' in an unbelievably wide range of situations.  The most-known marionnette theaters can be found at:  
 
* Liège is the European city with the most theaters per person.  Liège has an international reputation especially for its '''marionnette theaters''', whose performances often involve the traditionnal folklore character ''Tchantchès'' in an unbelievably wide range of situations.  The most-known marionnette theaters can be found at:  
 
** Museum of Wallonian Life (Wednesdays and school holidays at 1430 and Sundays at 1030, Cour des Mineurs, +32 (0)4 237 9040, open even when the museum is closed.)  
 
** Museum of Wallonian Life (Wednesdays and school holidays at 1430 and Sundays at 1030, Cour des Mineurs, +32 (0)4 237 9040, open even when the museum is closed.)  
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** Theater Mabotte (Rue Mabotte 125, Seraing +32 (0)4 233 8861)  
 
** Theater Mabotte (Rue Mabotte 125, Seraing +32 (0)4 233 8861)  
  
* '''Movie theaters''' include Le Parc and Le Churchill for European films; Le Sauvenière, Le Palace and Kinepolis for big-name blockbusters.
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* '''Le Trocadéro''' is the most Liégeois of Parisian cabarets, or the most Parisian of Liège cabarets, depending on how you look at it, while two other venues (La Bouch’rit and le Comiqu'Art) offer dinner-show combinations.
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* Théatre de la Place - in a recently renovated neo-classical building.
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*'''Le Forum''' (rue Pont d’Avroy 45), a small but exceptionally-decorated venue, offers concerts, comedy performances, etc.  '''Country Hall''' (in the outskirts) is a relatively new venue for huge shows and sporting events. 
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* '''Le Trocadéro''' is the most Liégeois of Parisian cabarets, or the most Parisian of Liège cabarets, depending on how you look at it, while two other venues (La Bouch’rit and le Comiqu'Art) offer dinner-show combinations. 
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* '''La Zone''' is the place in Liège for alternative and underground music and arts. Opens only on events, check their program on the web before going there. Non expensive bar with plenty of soft drinks, beers and wine.* <do name="La Zone" alt="Music club" address="Quai de l'Ourthe, 42 - 4020 Liège" directions="" phone="043410727" email="info@lazone.be" fax="" url="http://www.lazone.be" hours="" price=""></do>
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===Sports===
 
* There are numerous '''sports clubs''' including, oddly enough, three different rowing clubs.  RCAE, a university club but open to everyone, offers a range of sports from parachuting to spelunking.  The sports fields at Xhovémont, Cointe or Sart Tilman are ideal for practice, while the soccer stadium of Standard (the Liège team) is the place to show your enthusiasm as a fan.  The ice rink, dating from the water exposition of 1939, is in its last seasons before being moved, while a new swimming pool with modern facilities including a diving tower will soon be constructed in the center. (The previous one is being converted to a museum.)  Other pools are spread throughout the city, notably in Outremeuse.   
 
* There are numerous '''sports clubs''' including, oddly enough, three different rowing clubs.  RCAE, a university club but open to everyone, offers a range of sports from parachuting to spelunking.  The sports fields at Xhovémont, Cointe or Sart Tilman are ideal for practice, while the soccer stadium of Standard (the Liège team) is the place to show your enthusiasm as a fan.  The ice rink, dating from the water exposition of 1939, is in its last seasons before being moved, while a new swimming pool with modern facilities including a diving tower will soon be constructed in the center. (The previous one is being converted to a museum.)  Other pools are spread throughout the city, notably in Outremeuse.   
  
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==Buy==
 
==Buy==
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===Markets===
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* The '''market''' "Marché de la Batte" is where most locals visit on Sundays. The one of the longest markets in Europe stretches along the Meuse River by the Université de Liège and attracts many visitors to Liège. The market typically runs from early morning to 2 o'clock in the afternoon every weekend year long. Produce, clothing, and snack vendors are the main concentration of the market.
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* Sunday morning market at la rive gauche
 
* Sunday morning market at la rive gauche
  
===Typical purchases===
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* Val Saint Lambert crystal, now sold throughout the world, makes an exceptionnal gift in the "splurge" category.  
 
* Val Saint Lambert crystal, now sold throughout the world, makes an exceptionnal gift in the "splurge" category.  
 
* The tourist information office sells local artists' products including scarfs with medieval motifs and ties with contemporary artistic designs.   
 
* The tourist information office sells local artists' products including scarfs with medieval motifs and ties with contemporary artistic designs.   
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* '''Au Tchantchès''', Restaurant/Brasserie with traditional decor, located on rue Grande Bèche in the Outremeuse district.  
 
* '''Au Tchantchès''', Restaurant/Brasserie with traditional decor, located on rue Grande Bèche in the Outremeuse district.  
 
* '''Café Lequet''', 17 Quai sur Meuse. Local cuisine and ambiance.  Try the boulet-frites.  
 
* '''Café Lequet''', 17 Quai sur Meuse. Local cuisine and ambiance.  Try the boulet-frites.  
* '''Le Venetto''', rue de la Madeleine.  One of the best Italian restaurants in Liège, limited menu but great atmosphere and unbeatable prices.   
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* '''Le Veneto''', rue de la Madeleine.  One of the best Italian restaurants in Liège, limited menu but great atmosphere and unbeatable prices.   
 
* '''Touch and Go''', rue des Carmes.  Specialising in pitas and do-it-yourself salads. Especially popular with students.   
 
* '''Touch and Go''', rue des Carmes.  Specialising in pitas and do-it-yourself salads. Especially popular with students.   
 
* '''Aux pâtes fraîches''', 17 rue Saint-Gilles  
 
* '''Aux pâtes fraîches''', 17 rue Saint-Gilles  
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* '''Amour, Maracas et Salami (français)''', 78 rue Sur-la-Fontaine
 
* '''Amour, Maracas et Salami (français)''', 78 rue Sur-la-Fontaine
 
* '''C si bon!, Boulevard d'Avroy 238''', Sandwiches, Salades & Catering Service
 
* '''C si bon!, Boulevard d'Avroy 238''', Sandwiches, Salades & Catering Service
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* '''Sunshine restaurant, en Féronstrée, 1''' (in the corner with place du Marché), Indian restaurant, they sell take-away ''chapati'' with salad and meat/''dhal''/omelette, they have their own sauce included in the price: 5€ (you can choose between yoghurt/mint, mango and tandoori sauce, be cautious with the tandoori sauce, it’s very hot). Beware that they open at strange hours (they can be closed at 12:30 and then open at 13:00 on a week day!).
  
 
===Midrange===
 
===Midrange===
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==Drink==
 
==Drink==
 
The area known as "Le Carré" offers numerous options to drink and party 365 days per year, with a young, vibrant, student atmosphere.  Also worth a visit: the Place du Marché, more "connected", and the area around Place Cathédrale, to see and be seen.  
 
The area known as "Le Carré" offers numerous options to drink and party 365 days per year, with a young, vibrant, student atmosphere.  Also worth a visit: the Place du Marché, more "connected", and the area around Place Cathédrale, to see and be seen.  
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* Visit the '''Carré District''', where you can celebrate or party on any day, at any time.  It's the preferred district of students, alternating shops and cafés, many of which allow dancing (sometimes on the tables!).
  
 
* '''Le Vaudrée 2''', in Rue Saint-Gilles, where you can taste a good thousand or so Belgian and foreign beers.  Santé!
 
* '''Le Vaudrée 2''', in Rue Saint-Gilles, where you can taste a good thousand or so Belgian and foreign beers.  Santé!
* '''La Maison du Péquet''', behind the town hall, mainly serves fruit-flavored versions of genièvre, known locally as péquet.   
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* '''La Maison du Peket''', behind the town hall, mainly serves fruit-flavored versions of genièvre, known locally as péquet.   
 
* The '''Pot au Lait''' [http://www.potaulait.be/], rue Soeurs de Hasque, is a café popular with exchange students living in the region.
 
* The '''Pot au Lait''' [http://www.potaulait.be/], rue Soeurs de Hasque, is a café popular with exchange students living in the region.
 
* '''Les Olivettes''', rue Pied du Pont des Arches, offers an ambience from an entirely different time.
 
* '''Les Olivettes''', rue Pied du Pont des Arches, offers an ambience from an entirely different time.
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* <sleep name="Les Acteurs" alt="" address="rue des Urbanistes 10" directions="" phone="+32 (0)4 223 0080" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Two-star hotel</sleep>
 
* <sleep name="Les Acteurs" alt="" address="rue des Urbanistes 10" directions="" phone="+32 (0)4 223 0080" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Two-star hotel</sleep>
 
* <sleep name="Le Cygne d'Argent" alt="" address="rue Beeckman" directions="" phone="+32 (0)4 223 7001" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Three-star family hotel near the botanic garden</sleep>
 
* <sleep name="Le Cygne d'Argent" alt="" address="rue Beeckman" directions="" phone="+32 (0)4 223 7001" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Three-star family hotel near the botanic garden</sleep>
* <sleep name="Le Petit Cygne" alt="" address="Rue des Augustins 42" directions="" phone="+32 (0)4 222 4759" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Two-star hotel</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Le Petit Cygne" alt="" address="Rue des Augustins 42" directions="" phone="+32 (0)4 222 4759" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Two-star hotel</sleep>
 
* <sleep name="La Passerelle" alt="" address="Chaussée des Prés 24" directions="on the island Outremeuse" phone="+32 (0)4 341 20 20" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Three-star hotel</sleep>
 
* <sleep name="La Passerelle" alt="" address="Chaussée des Prés 24" directions="on the island Outremeuse" phone="+32 (0)4 341 20 20" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Three-star hotel</sleep>
 
* <sleep name="Hotel Mercure" alt="" address="100, boulevard de la Sauvenière" directions="" phone="+32 (0)4 221 7711" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Four-star hotel in the center, near Le Carré</sleep>
 
* <sleep name="Hotel Mercure" alt="" address="100, boulevard de la Sauvenière" directions="" phone="+32 (0)4 221 7711" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Four-star hotel in the center, near Le Carré</sleep>
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==Stay safe==
 
==Stay safe==
Liege is generally a safe city during daytime. However, be cautious at night especially for single females. It is not recommended for women to walk alone in the evenings as many foreign female students have experienced being followed late at night. Robbery is rare but harassment to single females occurs often, mostly verbal but some travelers have experienced assaults in off-downtown area. If where you're staying is more than a 5-min walk off the centre, it is suggested to take a cab (they have a line-ups around The Opera and Pont d'Avroy bus terminal) after 10PM.
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Liege is generally a safe city during daytime. However, be cautious at night especially for single females. It is not recommended for women to walk alone in the evenings as many foreign female students have experienced being followed late at night. Harassment to single females occurs often, mostly verbal but some travelers have experienced assaults in off-downtown area. If where you're staying is more than a 5-min walk off the centre, it is suggested to take a cab (they have a line-ups around The Opera and Pont d'Avroy bus terminal) after 10PM.
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Take care in the city, especially at night. As with all cities there is a level of theft and you should ensure that all valuables such as cash, wallets and phones are kept safe. If visiting the Carré ensure that you take only what you need and watch your pockets. Theft is extremely common in and around the bars. Also take care at cash machines in the Carré as many strange people seem to congregate there.
  
 
==Get out==
 
==Get out==
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Liège's surroundings are extremely varied and worth visiting in there own right. The city sits on the borders of a number of geographical regions:
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* [[Ardennes (Belgium)|Ardennes]] - the Benelux's wildest region, and a good destination for outdoor activities, as well as for a number of historic towns. [[Spa (Belgium)|Spa]] and [[Limbourg]] are towns that can be recommended in the province of Liège's part of the Ardennes.
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* [[Condroz]] - the transitional region between the highlands of the Ardennes and the lower lying rest of Belgium, the Condroz is just as - if not more - spectacular than the Ardennes themselves. The Condroz can be easily reached from the city by bike, by following the Ourthe river from where it flows into the Meuse (along Quai de Condroz). There's a cycle path (Ravel) along the river, and while the part in Liège itself isn't particularly interesting, the landscape turns into a natural paradise between Tilff (12 km) and Esneux (17km). Alternatively, you can cycle along the [[Meuse]] to the west of Liège, which will take you through sprawling industrial areas before reaching the spectacular landscapes between Flémalle and [[Huy]] (30 km), and on to [[Namur]] and [[Dinant]] (in the province of [[Namur (province)|province of Namur]]).
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* [[Land of Herve]] - this rich agricultural region of pleasant rolling hills is a nice region for walking and home to the old town of [[Herve]]. Herve is approximately 20 kilometers from Liège, though it is further on cycle path Ravel 88, which twists and turns a lot on the bedding of an old railway line.
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People who find themselves captivated by Liège will enjoy its closest eastern neighbour - [[Verviers]] - as well, as it feels like a smaller version of Liège (even though Liègeois deny this).
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See the respective article for more information on the [[Liège (province)|Province of Liège]].
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Liège is well positioned in Europe, and it is not difficult to find an interesting next destination:
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In Belgium:
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* The capital, [[Brussels]] is 90 kilometers and 50 minute by train.
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* The scenic [[Namur (province)|province of Namur]], with the beautiful towns of [[Namur]] (60 km, 50 minutes by train) and [[Dinant]] (+/- 100 km).
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* Belgium's empty quarter, the [[Luxembourg (Belgium)|province of Luxembourg]].
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* [[Tongeren]] - one of the country's oldest towns is just 15 kilometers from the city of Liège, in the province of [[Limburg (Belgium)|Belgian Limburg]].
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* Belgium is a small country and even the great Flemish tourist towns [[Bruges]], [[Ghent]] and [[Antwerp]], and their smaller Walloon counterparts [[Mons]] and [[Tournai]] - which are on the other side of the country - are all less than three hours away.
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In the [[Netherlands]]:
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* The trendy & historic city of [[Maastricht]] is just 30 kilometers, or a 25 minute train ride away.
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* [[Roermond]], a historic town on the Meuse, is another 30 minutes train ride north of Maastricht.
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* Due to a direct intercity link with Maastricht and the small size of the country, other historic Dutch cities - such as [['s-Hertogenbosch]] (150 km), [[Utrecht]] (210 km) and [[Amsterdam]](250 km)- are also just a few hours away.
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* [[Aachen]] - which is famous for its eighth century cathedral - is about 60 kilometers away, which makes it about 25 minutes by high speed train, or 50 by regional train.
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There are also direct trains to [[Luxembourg]] (130 kilometers, 2,5 hours), and direct high speed trains to [[Lille]] (203 km) and [[Paris]] (370 km).
  
* '''World War II Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial [http://www.abmc.gov/cemeteries/cemeteries/ar.php]''' - Highway N-63 from Liege to Marche passes the entrance to the Memorial about 19 kilometers (12 miles) southwest of Liege. Open daily except December 25 and January 1; 9:00AM to 5:00PM. This memorial commemorates the American soldiers who died in Northern Europe during WWII.  The chapel contains maps and relief scupltures depicting the campaigns in the region. Free.
 
* '''World War II Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial'''[http://www.abmc.gov/cemeteries/cemeteries/hc.php]: 29 kilometers (18 miles) from the city near [[Henri-Chapelle]], [[Belgium]].  From Liege, take N3 northeast toward [[Aachen]], [[Germany]]. Turn left onto Rue du M&eacute;morial Am&eacute;reicain. Open daily except for December 25 and January 1; 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The cemetery is the final resting place for 7,992 American military dead lost during the drive into [[Germany]] the [[:WikiPedia:Battle of the Bulge|Battle of the Bulge]].  A monument is inscribed with the names of 450 Americans whose remains were never found or identified.  A museum and a chapel are located on the grounds. Free.
 
  
 
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Latest revision as of 01:49, 1 May 2014

Liège [1] is the capital of the Belgian province of Province of Liège, and the main city of the Liège agglomeration. Liège can be considered the cultural capital of Wallonia, even though Namur is the official capital, and Charleroi is marginally bigger. And even though it is mainly famous for its industrial past - and infamous for the subsequent decline, it is a varied city with a lot of history and culture, a dramatic setting on the Meuse river and a large student population. The city is rapidly modernising, and as a result will become even more worth visiting in years to come!

Understand[edit]

Liège has a population of about 200,000, while its agglomeration - which is also home to the towns of Ans, Herstal, Seraing and Saint-Nicolas - has a population of about 750,000, making it the third largest in Belgium, after Brussels and Antwerp. Liège is not far from the border, and the Dutch city of Maastricht and the German city of Aachen are about half an hour away.

Liège has been an important city since the early Middle Ages, when it was the capital of the Prince-bishopric of Liège, which was to remain an independent state until the French Revolution in 1789. Liège grew to be the center of one of the world's first industrialised (coal and steel) regions outside the U.K. in the early 19th century, which led to the immigration of many Italians - who make up 5% of the population today - in the 20th century. Nowadays, Liège is home to numerous nationalities.

The central area of Liège is rather an interesting combination of a historic neighbourhoods (dotted with a few extremely brutalist buildings from the 1960s and 70s), rather elegant 19th century ones with wide boulevards, tall apartment buildings (including Art Deco ones), the Meuse river and a few pretty parks. The outskirts of Liège can be divided into three distinct areas: large, sprawling industrial complexes on the river's bank around Herstal in the north and Seraing in the south, working class areas to the east of the river, and leafy neighbourhoods on the hills to the west and south-east.

Liège has a dramatic natural setting at the meeting point of the Ardennes, Condroz, Land of Herve and Hesbaye regions. Part of Liège University is located at Sart-Tilman, which lies on a forested hill on the edge of the latter. The Ourthe flow into the Meuse in Liège, while the Vesdre flows into the former in the neighbourhood of Chênnée.

Liège might not be the typical tourist destination, but many will be surprised to find a city with a special character and friendly, open inhabitants who enjoy their lives there. As is the case in the rest of Belgium, finding a good meal is no problem in Liège, and the 44,000 students who live there make sure that there is a significant nightlife, even on weekdays!

Montagne de Bueren
Cour Saint-Antoine
Hors-Château
Chapelle Saint-Roche
Saint-Martins Basilica seen from the slopes of Saint-Walburghe
Palais of the Prince-Bishops
Thier de la Fontaine
Rue des Tisserands
Rue des Remparts
Church of Saint-Denis
Post office
Saint-Paul's cathedral
19th century architecture on Avenue Rogier
Boulevard de la Constitution
Rue des Récolets and the church of Saint-Nicolas.
The natural history museum
The synagogue.
Art-deco in les Vennes
Les Vennes
Industry in Ougrée

Speak[edit]

French is the native language of most people in Liège, and there are more Italian and Spanish speakers than there are speakers of Dutch, Belgium's other major language. Some students are native German speakers, as a small part in the east of the Province of Liège is German speaking. English is not widely spoken, but understood by some.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

  • Brussels Airport [3] is your most likely point of entry into Belgium, and Liège can be reached by train via Louvain/Leuven or Brussels-North station.
  • Brussels South Charleroi Airport [4], which is located in Charleroi, 60 kilometers to the south of Brussels, is a hub for low-cost airlines such as Ryanair and Wizzair. Take city bus Line A from outside the airport departures hall to Charleroi-Sud train station for €3. From here there are direct trains to Liège every hour between 5.00 and 23.00. The journey takes approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes.
  • Maastricht-Aachen Airport [5] Ryan air flies on some routes from this Airport, which is about 40 kilometers from Liège, near the Dutch city of Maastricht. To get to Liège, take a bus to Maastricht and a train to Liège.
  • Cologne-Bonn Airport is served by Wizzair, and is about an hour and a half from Liège by train.
  • Frankfurt Airport [6] has a thrice daily direct high-speed train link to Liège-Guillemins. Higher frequencies can be found in Cologne, which is on the way.

By train[edit]

The city's main railway station - Liège-Guillemins - is located in the south-western part of the city. The station is served by Thalys [7] and ICE [8] high speed trains to and from Brussels, Paris, Aachen, Cologne and Frankfurt.

Direct intercity trains run hourly from Brussels (1 hour), Namur (50 minutes), Aachen (50 minutes) and Luxembourg, while regular regional trains serve Maastricht (30 minutes) and other towns.

Liège-Guillemins is located 3 kilometers, or 20-25 minute walk from the city center. The cheapest way to get to the center bar walking, is to take a regional train to Liège-Palais station (6 minutes, direction: Herstal, Liers). The ticket you used on the train to Liège will still be valid on this train.

Alternatively, you can take bus number 1, 4 (direction 'Opera') or 48 (direction 'Place Saint-Lambert') for €1.40 (one way), or taxi for about €8-10 euros.

By car[edit]

Liège lies at the crossroads of several major motorways. Its "ring" has 6 branches:

  • the E25 south to Luxembourg and the French cities of Metz, Nancy and Lyon.
  • the E42 to the west crosses most of Wallonia, passing Namur, Charleroi and Mons before heading to Valeniciennes and Paris, France.
  • the E40 leads west to Brussels and the Belgian coast.
  • the E313 to Antwerp and the large coastal cities of the Netherlands in the north-west.
  • the E25, to Maastricht (30 km) and the rest of the Netherlands in the north.
  • the E40 to Aachen (Germany) and further east. The E42 branches in a southern direction at Battice, heading to Verviers and Trier(Germany).

Liège is signposted on many motorways. Simply follow the E25 to its end and follow the signs to the center when coming from Germany or the Netherlands. Exit at 'Angleur' and follow 'Centre', or take the exit 'Liège-Centre' when coming from Luxembourg. And finally, follow the signs to Luxembourg until you reach the 'Liège-Centre' exit when coming from Paris, Lille, Brussels or Antwerp. Take note that Liège is indicated as 'Luik' on motorways in Flanders.

By bus[edit]

Liège is well-connected to the Eurolines [9] network. Tickets can be bough online or at the Eurolines office on Rue des Guillemins, near the station.

By boat[edit]

People arriving in their own boat are welcome at the Port des Yachts.

Many organised cruises from Maastricht stop on Quai Van Beneden.

Get around[edit]

By car[edit]

Unlike in most Belgian cities, where the inner rings were built along the paths of the old ramparts, Liège's main roads were laid out along old branches of the Meuse, which sometimes makes navigating them a bit more difficult.

There are many parking garages in the city center.

The main routes for cars are:

  • the E40 and E25 motorways, that cross parts of the city
  • the Boulevards "d'Avroy" and "de la Sauvenière", which connect the center to the Guillemins station
  • the Quais "de la Meuse" and "de la Dérivation", which connect with the E25 in the north and south

By bus[edit]

As in the rest of Wallonia, bus transport in Liège is provided by TEC [10].

Most lines into Liège converge at on of the city's central bus "terminals" - Gare Léopold, Place Saint-Lambert, Place de la République Française or Opéra - which are very close to each other. Therefore, all buses marked with one of these destinations are heading for the center.

Line 1 (direction 'Coronmeuse') and 4 (direction 'Bavière') connect Guillemins station to the center, while the return journey is marked 'd'Harscamp'.

Some lines depart from the intersection of Boulevard d'Avroy and Rue Pont d'Avroy, near to the main shopping streets.

Take note that few lines run after midnight.

Bus stops and buses alike are currently being equipped with digital signs indicating departures or next stops, though travelers should be aware that they are not always well synchronised. The bus service is also becoming increasingly better suited to the needs of disabled travelers.

Free schedules and maps are available at the bus termiminals and at Guillemins station.

By bike[edit]

The city center can be traveled by bike, though one should be aware that most main roads are a bit dangerous. Cyclists can use one-way streets in both directions when it is marked 'sauf (bike symbol)', which is usually the case.

The steep hills make cycling outside the center is a bit more difficult, and reaching higher neighbourhoods requires both training and a multi-speed bike!

Cycle paths are regularly added and improved, and parts of the Wallonia-wide network of foot and bike-paths (Ravel)pass through the city, most notably along the river. A map of the Ravel is available at the tourist office.

  • La Maison des Cyclistes [11] - bike rentals

On foot[edit]

Walking is the best way to see the city, and most of the central part of Liège - including some green areas - are within walking distance.

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Though too messy for the tastes of some people in neighbouring countries, Liège offers a fascinating mix of buildings to people who are passionate about all styles of pre-war architecture. For as well as the industrial wastelands, motorways and occasional brutalist monstrosity that gave it its bad name, the city's long history of both ecclesiastical and industrial power have left it with an an impressive heritage that encompasses medieval and Victorian architecture, art-nouveau, art-deco, early modernism and everything in between.

As it is located in the steep-sided valley of the Meuse, Liège is also home to numerous stairways - that often lead to spectacular views.

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Center and adjacent areas[edit]

The city center can be roughly divided into two halves, with Place Saint-Lambert and Rue Léopold between the two:

Hors-Château[edit]

The northern part of the center - which goes by the name of Hors-Château - is the best preserved, and contains numerous listed buildings as well many of its main sights:

  • Whoever thought the Montmartre or the Potemkin steps were impressive should see Liège's Montagne de Bueren, the 373 step stairway that leads up to a magnificent view of Liège from the Citadel!
  • Rue Hors Château and En Feronstrée are worth visiting for the many beautiful examples of the regional 'Mosan'-style architecture, that date back to the eighteenth century.
  • The Couvent des Carmes (1654) on Rue Hors-Château.
  • The recently renovated Church of Saint Barthélémy - which was built at the end of the 11th century, as the last of seven "collégiales liégeoises" - hosts the font of a local parish church, that can be considered a masterpiece of medieval goldsmithery. It is located between Rue Hors-Château and En Ferenstrée (rue Saint Barthélémy 2, open 10-12AM and 2-5PM from Monday to Saturday, and 2-5PM on Sundays, 1,25€, +32 (0)4 223 4998).
  • Cour Saint Antoine - a courtyard between Rue Hors-Château and En Feronstrée - is worth a visit for its tasteful contemporary Mosan architecture (1980's) by Liège "starchitect" Charles Vanderhove.
  • The Impasses - a series of picturesque alleyways off Rue Hors-Château, with a view on the green slopes of the hill of the citadel.
  • Pierreuse - A small area of steep, medieval streets behind Liège-Palais station (Rue Pierreuse, Rue Volière, Fond Saint Servais and Au Péry) that lead up to the citadel. The 16th century Chapel of Saint-Roche on Rue Volière is magnificent, but sadly only open on heritage days. The equally picturesque Church of Saint-Servais lies just a few doors down from Saint-Roche.
  • The beautiful hillside gardens of the Cotteaux can be reached from Rue Pierreuse in the daytime, but are closed at night. The hillside between Rue Saint-Walburghe and Rue de Campine - which can be accessed from the top of Rue de Campine, a short walk from the top of Rue Pierreuse, or from a stairway halfway up Rue Saint-Walburge - is a pleasant piece of nature with a nice view of Saint-Martin's Basilica.

The following museums are in the Hors-Château area:

  • The Museum of Walloon Art (en Féronstrée 86), a bit further along in a modern building, has a panorama of works by regional painters since the Roman times. (Open 1-6PM Tu-Sa, 11AM-4:30PM Su, closed Mo, 3,80€, +32 (0)4 221 9231).
  • The Curtius Palace, quai de Maestricht 13. This imposing 8-story building from the start of the 17th century was the store of a rich arms merchant. The nearby Hôtel de Hayme de Bomal (quai de Maestricht 8 and rue Feronstrée 122) was an official building under French rule and twice welcomed Napoleon. These two buildings and several other historic buildings provide the backdrop for the Museum Grand Curtius with its art and history collections.
  • The Museum of Wallonian Life is an ethnological mueseum hosted in an old convent. (Cour des Mineurs, closed for renovation until spring 2008, +32 (0)4 237 9040).
  • The Museum of Religious Art (rue Mère Dieu 1) will be integrated into the future Museum Grand Curtius, but can now be visited separately. (Open 11AM-6PM Tu-Sa, 11AM-4PM Su, closed Mo, 3,80€, +32 (0)4 221 4225).
  • The Hôtel d’Ansembourg is now a museum, and can be recommended for its well-preserved interiour. (En Feronstrée 114, 1-6PM except Mondays, 3,80€, +32 (0)4 221 9402).

Place du Marché and Place Saint-Lambert[edit]

The southern end of Hors-Château is marked by Place du Marché, a square lined with cafe's, 15th century houses and the elegant town hall.The 'salle des pas perdus' (room of lost steps) is open to visitors, though the rest of the town hall - which was destroyed by the French in 1691 and rebuilt in 1714 - is usually closed. The Perron - the monumental fountain that is the symbol of the city's freedom - stands in the middle of the square.

Place Saint Lambert - which is adjacent to Place du Marché, and at the front of Liège-Palais station - is considered the heart of Liège. The square was home to the Our Lady of Saint-Lambert Cathedral until it was demolished by the citizens of Liège in the wake of the French revolution in the early 19th century. The cathedral is commemorated today by two rows of metal columns and tracings of its former contours on the ground. Sadly, Place-Lambert and the adjacent area around the Opera were further damaged by planners in the '70's, resulting in it being no more than a hole in the cityscape for years to come. Nonetheless, some tasteful new buildings have been built in recent years, and some old ones still remain:

  • The Prince-Bishops' Palace - which now houses the law-court and provincial government - occupies the northern side of the square, as a testament to the former power of this monarchy. The building has a beautiful courtyard, a neo-classical facade on the Place Saint-Lambert side, and a neo-gothic one on Place Notger. (unguided visit: €3.00, +32 (0)4 250 93 70.)
  • The old part of the Ilot Saint-Michel - which lies behind the shopping center of the same name, and directly opposite Liège-Palais station - gives a good impression of what the area around Place Saint-Lambert used to look like. The area hosts a number of 18th century buildings and the collegiate of Sainte-Croix.

There's one museum under Place Saint-Lambert:

  • Archéoforum [12] - an archeological site showcasing the remains of the three (successive) cathedrals that stood on the site, as well as those of a building from Roman times. (Open 10AM-6PM from Tuesday to Saturday, 11AM-6PM on Sunday, closed on Monday, Guided tour: €5.50).

Saint-Margueritte and Saint-Martin[edit]

One of the most beautiful historic parts of Liège - the area that lies beyond Ilot Saint-Michel, around Saint-Martins Basilica (1506-1542) - is not actually part of the historic center, but a 16th century 'faubourg' (suburb). There are a number of stairways over the remains of the faubourg's ramparts:

  • Thier de la Fontaine, which leads down from Rue du Mont Saint-Martin through the ramparts to the neighbourhood of Saint-Gilles to the south.
  • Rue des Tissarands - on the opposite side of Rue du Mont Saint-Martin - leads down past the basilica to the multicultural neighbourhood of Sainte-Margueritte. Another staircase - Rue des Ramparts - climbs the small hill directly opposite Rue des Tissarands, and has a forgotten "lost world" quality.

Rue du Montagne Saint-Martin itself (and its extension Rue Saint-Laurent) are lined with old houses and a number of other notable buildings, such as Sainte-Gertrude's church and Saint-Laurent Abbey. Rue Monulphe is a pleasant, steep street leading down from Rue Saint-Laurent to Liège-Jonfosse station.

Cathédrale and Saint-Denis[edit]

The southern part of the center - to the south of Place Saint-Lambert and Rue Léopold - is slightly larger, and home to the neighbourhood of Saint-Denis and the area around the cathedral.

Though more rundown, Saint-Denis - which lies directly to the south of Rue Léopold along Rue de la Cathédrale - is just as old as Hors-Château, and has a certain charm of its own. The area boasts a myriad of architectural styles, with the highpoints being the 10th century Church of Saint-Denis, the adjacent square, and the monumental 19th century (former) post-office.

The area around Saint-Pauls Cathedral, Boulevard de la Sauvenière and Opéra is the part of the center with the most to do, eat, drink and buy (see the respective sections of this article), but has a mixed cityscape that also hosts more ugly buildings than the rest of the center. It nonetheless contains a number of sights:

  • Saint-Jacques church and the neighbouring Abbey of Beaurepart-en-Île, which are sadly flanked by some extremely ugly buildings to the north.
  • Collegiate of Saint-Jean the evangelist.
  • The Abbaye de la Paix Notre-Dame and Église du Saint-Sacrement on boulevard d'Avroy.
  • The early modernist Athénée Léonie de Waha, also on Boulevard d'Avroy.

The following museums are in the northern part of the center:

  • Cité des Miroirs - a recently renovated art-deco swimming pool that host exhibitions on photography.

Outremeuse[edit]

Outremeuse - which lies on the eastern bank of the Meuse, on an island between the former and the Dérivation de la Meuse - can be considered Liège's second center. It is a 'quartier populair' (even though some parts are quite middle-class) with a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere, and a 'Haussmann' style street layout that also accommodates narrow, medieval streets between the main Boulevards. Crime fiction writer Georges Simenon, who is best known for the Maigret series, was born in Outremeuse, and the atmosphere of his stories can still be felt in some parts of the neighbourhood.

Boulevard de la Constitution, Boulevard Saucy and the area around Place du Congrès and Rue Jean d'Outremeuse, have an elegant 19th century look, while Rue Gravioule, Rue des Tanneurs, Chaussée des Prés, Rue Puits-en-Sock, Rue Roture, Rue des Récollets, Rue Beauregard and Rue Fosse aux Raines have a more "medieval" look. The latter is home to the beautiful 18th century Church of Saint-Nicolas, the immediate neighbour of the youth hostel. (the church is open every day from 8AM to 12AM)

The following museums are in Outremeuse:

  • The Aquarium which is housed in the same neo-classical building as the Maison de la Science and Zoological institute is the most visited museum in Wallonia, as well as one of the cheapest places in Europe to see a man-eating shark! (Quai Van Beneden, aquarium and museum : 9AM-5PM Mo-Fr, 10AM - 6PM during school vacations, 1030AM-6PM on holidays, €5, +32 (0)4 366 5021 ; House of Science: restricted hours, €3 ; +32 (0)4 366 5015)
  • Musée Grétry - (Rue des Récollets 34, 2PM-4PM Tu&Fr, 10AM-12PM Su, +32 (0)4 343 1610)
  • Museum of Tchantchès - dedicated to the city's mascot, who is also the main character in local puppet theaters. (rue Surlet 56, 2-4 PM Su except July, Tu&Th, +32 (0)4 342 7575)

The southern point of the (Outrmeuse) island is occupied by Parc de la Boverie, a beautiful park that is flanked by the river on two sides, and by the Palais des Congrès and a street of art-nouveau and art-deco houses on the third side. The Museum of Modern Art - which is currently closed for renovation/expansion - is located in a neo-baroque building in the middle of the park. The park is also home to an aviary.

  • Liège's neo-Byzantine Synagogue - which is usually closed - is located close to Parc de la Boverie, on Rue Léon Frédéricq, an otherwise rather uninteresting street.

Other neighbourhoods[edit]

  • While most of Liège has quite a varied cityscape, that of the south-eastern Vennes neighbourhood - around Boulevard Emile de Laveleye, Avenue du Luxembourg and Avenue Reine Elisabeth - is uniformly Art-Deco, and a fine example at that, even in a country that is rich in the style. The neighbourhood is home to both upmarket and council housing, as well as the Church of Saint-Vincent, which is located opposite Parc de la Boverie. The Public Transport Museum [13] is also located in the area (Rue Richard Heintz 9, 1 March - 30 November, Weekdays: 10.00 – 12.00 and 13.30 – 17.00, Weekends and public holidays: 14:00 – 18:00, € 5,00 for adults and € 2,00 for groups)
  • Liège's main railway station - Liège-Guillemins - was designed by "starchitect" Santiago Calatrava, and is a tourist attraction in its own right.
  • Parc Botanique is a pleasant park situated in an elegant 19th century neighbourhood.
  • Cointe - which lies immediately behind Liège-Guillemins - is the leafy hilltop neighbourhood that is home to the art-deco Sacred-Heart church and WW1 memorial. Boulevard Gustav Kleyer has an impressive view over the city.
  • Vaux-sous-Chêvremont - in the extreme south-east of the city - is a pleasent "village" on the Vesdre river. The hill of the Basilica of Chêvremont offers an excellent view over part of the city and the surrounding forests of the Condroz and Ardennes regions.

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  • Departing from the amphitheater along the quay, a bateau-mouche (covered boat) offers river tours, from 1 Apr to 30 Oct (11AM, 1PM, 3PM and 5PM, €6, +32 (0)4 221 9221 et +32 (0)4 366 5021).

Festivals and celebrations[edit]

  • The celebrations of 15 August in Outremeuse welcome more than 300,000 people each year.
  • The fair, held since the city was established, has become a fun-fair. It takes place from the first weekend in October to the second weekend in November (6 weeks).
  • The Christmas Village, one of the biggest and oldest in the country, has more than one million visitors each year.
  • The Celebrations of Wallonia (2nd weekend in September),
  • The nuit des Coteaux (night events in the historic center), the Secret Gardens and Corners Day (la journée Jardins et Coins secrets - 3rd Sunday in June), and the heritage days (les journées du patrimoine - end September) are other key dates in Liège.
  • The Festival of Walking, in the second half of August, offers urban walks.
  • The Feast of the Assumption (15 August) is celebrated here by the entire city and countless visitors. (Outremeuse)
  • A circuit is dedicated to Simenon (author of the Maigret stories), and a museum will be opening shortly
  • Nocturne de la Musique
  • Les Ardentes

Music and art venues[edit]

  • The Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Opera, and Theater de la Place head up the cultural life in Liège.
  • Le Forum (rue Pont d’Avroy 45), a small but exceptionally-decorated venue, offers concerts, comedy performances, etc. Country Hall (in the outskirts) is a relatively new venue for huge shows and sporting events.
  • La Zone is the place in Liège for alternative and underground music and arts. Opens only on events, check their program on the web before going there. Non expensive bar with plenty of soft drinks, beers and wine.* La Zone (Music club), Quai de l'Ourthe, 42 - 4020 Liège, 043410727 (), [14].  edit
  • Le Hangar -
  • The Shamrock - there's nothing Irish about this small but cozy "Irish" pub that hosts concerts on friday evenings.

Theatres[edit]

  • Liège is the European city with the most theaters per person. Liège has an international reputation especially for its marionnette theaters, whose performances often involve the traditionnal folklore character Tchantchès in an unbelievably wide range of situations. The most-known marionnette theaters can be found at:
    • Museum of Wallonian Life (Wednesdays and school holidays at 1430 and Sundays at 1030, Cour des Mineurs, +32 (0)4 237 9040, open even when the museum is closed.)
    • Museum of Tchantchès (Oct to end Apr, Sundays at 1030 and Wednesdays at 1430, rue Surlet 56, +32 (0)4 342 7575)
    • Theater Al Botroule - literally, "in the belly-button" - (Rue Hocheporte 3, +32 (0)4 223 0576)
    • Theater Denis (Rue Sainte Marguerite 302, +32 (0)4 224 3154)
    • Theater Mabotte (Rue Mabotte 125, Seraing +32 (0)4 233 8861)
  • Le Trocadéro is the most Liégeois of Parisian cabarets, or the most Parisian of Liège cabarets, depending on how you look at it, while two other venues (La Bouch’rit and le Comiqu'Art) offer dinner-show combinations.
  • Théatre de la Place - in a recently renovated neo-classical building.


Cinemas[edit]

  • Movie theaters include Le Parc and Le Churchill for European films; Le Sauvenière, Le Palace and Kinepolis for big-name blockbusters.

Sports[edit]

  • There are numerous sports clubs including, oddly enough, three different rowing clubs. RCAE, a university club but open to everyone, offers a range of sports from parachuting to spelunking. The sports fields at Xhovémont, Cointe or Sart Tilman are ideal for practice, while the soccer stadium of Standard (the Liège team) is the place to show your enthusiasm as a fan. The ice rink, dating from the water exposition of 1939, is in its last seasons before being moved, while a new swimming pool with modern facilities including a diving tower will soon be constructed in the center. (The previous one is being converted to a museum.) Other pools are spread throughout the city, notably in Outremeuse.
  • For those who prefer a calmer sport, cycling or jogging is perfect along the quays of the Meuse. The woods at Coteaux de la Citadelle, Chartreuse, and Sart Tilman are all close, as are the magnificent countrysides of the Ardennes (with Condroz, Hesbaye, and Herve lending themselves particularly well to hiking and mountain-biking).

Learn[edit]

A university city with some 80,000 students, Liège has plenty of educational possibilities.

  • University of Liège (L'Université de Liège) [15]. With 17,000 students and links to numerous foreign universities.
  • Le pôle mosan [16] is a platform regrouping more and more of the écoles supérieures of the region.
  • Le FOREM (FORmation et EMploi - training and employment) [17]
  • L'Union des Classes Moyennes also offers classes for adults
  • Le Centre J has lots of useful information for young students

Work[edit]

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Markets[edit]

  • The market "Marché de la Batte" is where most locals visit on Sundays. The one of the longest markets in Europe stretches along the Meuse River by the Université de Liège and attracts many visitors to Liège. The market typically runs from early morning to 2 o'clock in the afternoon every weekend year long. Produce, clothing, and snack vendors are the main concentration of the market.
  • Flea Markets at Saint Gilles (every Saturday morning on Boulevard Louis Hillier) and Saint Pholien (every Friday morning on Boulevard de la Constitution) also attract many visitors.
  • Sunday morning market at la rive gauche

Local products[edit]

  • Val Saint Lambert crystal, now sold throughout the world, makes an exceptionnal gift in the "splurge" category.
  • The tourist information office sells local artists' products including scarfs with medieval motifs and ties with contemporary artistic designs.
  • Marionnettes of "Tchantchès", a character from local folklore embodying the Liégeois attitude, are available in the 6 marionette theaters in the city.

Other typical purchases are food and drink products:

  • As elsewhere in Belgium, pralines (filled chocolates) and the numerous cheeses and beers are a must.
  • Local products include "Herve" cheese (with a strong smell!), "Sirop de Liège" (made from a mix of apples and pears and typically used for cooking/baking), and cider (the alcoholic kind).
  • "Pèkèt" (genièvre) is an alcoholic beverage available in countless varieties.
  • For sweets, you can't go far without encountering the famous Liège waffles, smelling of cinnamon and sugar. They're best when freshly-cooked, though the pre-packaged variety also exists and has spread to many other countries.
  • Other sweets are available depending on the season: boûkètes (dark crêpes with raisins, eaten with brown sugar) are mainly available for 15 August and at Christmas, while lacquemants/lackmans (dry waffles filled with a mix of sugar and other sweets) are found at the fairs.
  • If you find them, try "cûtès peûres" (baked pears), which unfortunately seems to have disappeared from the street vendors.
  • Liège coffee (café liégeois) is originally from Vienna but was rebaptised by the Parisiens to show their support for the heroic resistance in Liège at the start of the first world war.

Shopping in city center[edit]

The best options for shopping are around Place Cathédrale and Place Saint Lambert, and in particular at Vinâve d'Ile (Celio...), Saint-Michel (Van den Borre, Delhaize, C&A), the Opera Galleries (Zara, Springfield) and the Saint Lambert Galleries (FNAC, Média Markt, Inno, Champion), as well as along the roads towards the center (rues Féronstrée, Saint-Gilles, Puits-en-Sock in Outremeuse, Grétry in Longdoz...)

Shopping outside city center[edit]

Several large commercial centers are located on the outskirts of the city: Belle-Ile (North-American style shopping mall with Carrefour on site, take bus 377 from the Opera) (Angleur), Médiacité shopping centre - 126 stores, easily accessible by car (with on-site carparking) or bus - 4, 26, 26, 31, 17, 29, 33, 35, 38B (Pont Longdoz stop), Rocourt, Boncelles, Herstal...

Eat[edit][add listing]

In addition to the local foods mentioned above, regional specialities include:

  • boulets sauce-lapin, meatballs in a sauce made from Sirop de Liège, onions, vinegar and prunes, accompanied of course by frites - french fries. The boulet even has its own critics and reviews - see the "Guide du Boulet frites sauce liègoise" [18] (in French).
  • la potée liégeoise, a country dish made from beans, potatoes, and bacon bits cooked together and drenched in vinegar.
  • les boûkètes, dark crêpes served at New Years' Eve or other festive occasions
  • le matoufèt, a cross between a crêpe and an omelette, made from flour, eggs, milk and bacon bits, and served either salty or sweet.
  • la tarte au riz, originally from the neighboring city of Verviers or the area of Tancrémont

Other local recipes are available online here [19].

Prices unfortunately are fairly high, as in most other Belgian cities. Budget restaurants will cost about €12-€15 per person, drinks included, mid-range restaurants between €25 and €50, and splurge restaurants well over that!

For budget solutions, snack shops like any of the sanwicheries or kebab shops offer cheap yet tasty food. A Döner kebab typically costs 3-5 euro, and a sandwich is around 2-4. Note that in Liège all snack shops charge 50 cents for sauce, and usually another 50 cents for vegetables. For example you can see a meatball sandwich for 2 euro on the price list, however; after the sauce and the vegetables it will be 3 euro in total. It is recommended to look for convenient stores for soft drinks as they're over-priced in snack bars.

There are Northern American fastfood chain in the city: A McDonald's is located near the Opera, a BigMac meal is about €6, A Subway can be found behind the city hall, and a pizza hut can be found near the Opera.

Budget[edit]

  • Deli France, Sandwicherie, two stores in the city centre, first one in Gallerie St. Lambert and the second one is near Pont d'Avory. €5-€6 can cover a sandwich and a drink.
  • Au Tchantchès, Restaurant/Brasserie with traditional decor, located on rue Grande Bèche in the Outremeuse district.
  • Café Lequet, 17 Quai sur Meuse. Local cuisine and ambiance. Try the boulet-frites.
  • Le Veneto, rue de la Madeleine. One of the best Italian restaurants in Liège, limited menu but great atmosphere and unbeatable prices.
  • Touch and Go, rue des Carmes. Specialising in pitas and do-it-yourself salads. Especially popular with students.
  • Aux pâtes fraîches, 17 rue Saint-Gilles
  • L'Amarante, rue des Carmes
  • La Cigalière, 29 rue de la Régence. Sandwiches, salads, breakfasts, and crêpes - all top quality.
  • Amour, Maracas et Salami (français), 78 rue Sur-la-Fontaine
  • C si bon!, Boulevard d'Avroy 238, Sandwiches, Salades & Catering Service
  • Sunshine restaurant, en Féronstrée, 1 (in the corner with place du Marché), Indian restaurant, they sell take-away chapati with salad and meat/dhal/omelette, they have their own sauce included in the price: 5€ (you can choose between yoghurt/mint, mango and tandoori sauce, be cautious with the tandoori sauce, it’s very hot). Beware that they open at strange hours (they can be closed at 12:30 and then open at 13:00 on a week day!).

Midrange[edit]

  • Amon Nanesse, behind the town hall
  • As Ouhès (aux oiseaux - for the birds), place du Marché.
  • L'industrie, rue Saint Gilles (at the start, on the right), nice brasserie specialising in mussels
  • The Kitchen, 139 bd de la Sauvenière, concept restaurant but friendly and warm
  • Table à Thé, 15 rue des Carmes, at the magnificent urban terrace
  • Le Vaudrée, 109 rue Val Benoit 4031 Angleur: 40 Beers on tap and 1200 Bottles, Fantastic food as well.

Splurge[edit]

  • L'Héliport, with a Michelin star. Boulevard Frère Orban, on the lawn facing the Palais des Congrès, between the Meuse and the fast lanes/tracks (access in the direction outskirts -> center)

Drink[edit][add listing]

The area known as "Le Carré" offers numerous options to drink and party 365 days per year, with a young, vibrant, student atmosphere. Also worth a visit: the Place du Marché, more "connected", and the area around Place Cathédrale, to see and be seen.


  • Visit the Carré District, where you can celebrate or party on any day, at any time. It's the preferred district of students, alternating shops and cafés, many of which allow dancing (sometimes on the tables!).
  • Le Vaudrée 2, in Rue Saint-Gilles, where you can taste a good thousand or so Belgian and foreign beers. Santé!
  • La Maison du Peket, behind the town hall, mainly serves fruit-flavored versions of genièvre, known locally as péquet.
  • The Pot au Lait [20], rue Soeurs de Hasque, is a café popular with exchange students living in the region.
  • Les Olivettes, rue Pied du Pont des Arches, offers an ambience from an entirely different time.
  • Millennium, about 10km outside the center in the commercial area "Boncelles", is a recently constructed nightclub.
  • La Zone, Quai de l'Ourthe, 42, in Outremeuse, is a club for alternative and underground music and culture with a non expensive bar [21].
  • Le Sabor Latino is a club opening onto the boulevard de la Sauvenière.

In addition, many of the cafés in the Le Carré area are a good alternative, with plenty of dancing and typically no entrance fee.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Budget[edit]

  • Youth Hostel Georges Simenon. Located in the middle of the Outremeuse neighborhood, in a superbly renovated old building.  edit

Mid-range[edit]

Central[edit]

  • L'Embrun, Port des yachts 16, +32 (0)4 221 1120. A floating hotel that can also be rented out for trips  edit
  • Les Acteurs, rue des Urbanistes 10, +32 (0)4 223 0080. Two-star hotel  edit
  • Le Cygne d'Argent, rue Beeckman, +32 (0)4 223 7001. Three-star family hotel near the botanic garden  edit
  • Le Petit Cygne, Rue des Augustins 42, +32 (0)4 222 4759. Two-star hotel  edit
  • La Passerelle, Chaussée des Prés 24 (on the island Outremeuse), +32 (0)4 341 20 20. Three-star hotel  edit
  • Hotel Mercure, 100, boulevard de la Sauvenière, +32 (0)4 221 7711. Four-star hotel in the center, near Le Carré  edit
  • Ibis Hotel, 41 place de la République Française, +32 (0)4 230 3333. Near the Opera  edit


Near Palais des Congrès[edit]

  • Eurotel, Rue Léon Frédéricq 29, +32 (0)4 341 1627. Two-star hotel  edit

Near Guillemins train station[edit]

  • Métropole, Rue des Guillemins 141, +32 (0)4 252 4293. Two-star hotel  edit
  • Les Nations, +32 (0)4 252 4414. One-star hotel  edit
  • Hotel Husa De La Couronne. Three-star hotel  edit

Splurge[edit]

  • Le Hors Château, Rue Hors Château, 62, +32 (0)4 250 60 68, [22]. A charming hotel in the historic center  edit
  • Ramada Plaza Liège, Quai Saint-Léonard 36, +32 (0)4 228 81 11, [23]. checkin: 15:00; checkout: 12:00. City centre hotel on the banks of the river La Meuse, built in a former convent. Free Wifi (50.64795,5.591033) edit

Stay safe[edit]

Liege is generally a safe city during daytime. However, be cautious at night especially for single females. It is not recommended for women to walk alone in the evenings as many foreign female students have experienced being followed late at night. Harassment to single females occurs often, mostly verbal but some travelers have experienced assaults in off-downtown area. If where you're staying is more than a 5-min walk off the centre, it is suggested to take a cab (they have a line-ups around The Opera and Pont d'Avroy bus terminal) after 10PM.

Take care in the city, especially at night. As with all cities there is a level of theft and you should ensure that all valuables such as cash, wallets and phones are kept safe. If visiting the Carré ensure that you take only what you need and watch your pockets. Theft is extremely common in and around the bars. Also take care at cash machines in the Carré as many strange people seem to congregate there.

Get out[edit]

Liège's surroundings are extremely varied and worth visiting in there own right. The city sits on the borders of a number of geographical regions:

  • Ardennes - the Benelux's wildest region, and a good destination for outdoor activities, as well as for a number of historic towns. Spa and Limbourg are towns that can be recommended in the province of Liège's part of the Ardennes.
  • Condroz - the transitional region between the highlands of the Ardennes and the lower lying rest of Belgium, the Condroz is just as - if not more - spectacular than the Ardennes themselves. The Condroz can be easily reached from the city by bike, by following the Ourthe river from where it flows into the Meuse (along Quai de Condroz). There's a cycle path (Ravel) along the river, and while the part in Liège itself isn't particularly interesting, the landscape turns into a natural paradise between Tilff (12 km) and Esneux (17km). Alternatively, you can cycle along the Meuse to the west of Liège, which will take you through sprawling industrial areas before reaching the spectacular landscapes between Flémalle and Huy (30 km), and on to Namur and Dinant (in the province of province of Namur).
  • Land of Herve - this rich agricultural region of pleasant rolling hills is a nice region for walking and home to the old town of Herve. Herve is approximately 20 kilometers from Liège, though it is further on cycle path Ravel 88, which twists and turns a lot on the bedding of an old railway line.

People who find themselves captivated by Liège will enjoy its closest eastern neighbour - Verviers - as well, as it feels like a smaller version of Liège (even though Liègeois deny this).

See the respective article for more information on the Province of Liège.

Liège is well positioned in Europe, and it is not difficult to find an interesting next destination:

In Belgium:

  • The capital, Brussels is 90 kilometers and 50 minute by train.
  • The scenic province of Namur, with the beautiful towns of Namur (60 km, 50 minutes by train) and Dinant (+/- 100 km).
  • Belgium's empty quarter, the province of Luxembourg.
  • Tongeren - one of the country's oldest towns is just 15 kilometers from the city of Liège, in the province of Belgian Limburg.
  • Belgium is a small country and even the great Flemish tourist towns Bruges, Ghent and Antwerp, and their smaller Walloon counterparts Mons and Tournai - which are on the other side of the country - are all less than three hours away.

In the Netherlands:

  • The trendy & historic city of Maastricht is just 30 kilometers, or a 25 minute train ride away.
  • Roermond, a historic town on the Meuse, is another 30 minutes train ride north of Maastricht.
  • Due to a direct intercity link with Maastricht and the small size of the country, other historic Dutch cities - such as 's-Hertogenbosch (150 km), Utrecht (210 km) and Amsterdam(250 km)- are also just a few hours away.

In the Germany:

  • Aachen - which is famous for its eighth century cathedral - is about 60 kilometers away, which makes it about 25 minutes by high speed train, or 50 by regional train.
  • The German metropolis of Cologne is about 130 kilometers away, and can be reached directly by high speed train, or by taking a regional train from Aachen.

There are also direct trains to Luxembourg (130 kilometers, 2,5 hours), and direct high speed trains to Lille (203 km) and Paris (370 km).


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