‘I travelled to a beautiful European city and it was charming’

Liège is the capital city of the Wallonia region of Belgium, located in the East of the country near the borders with the Netherlands and Germany.

Filled with Belgian people going about their daily lives, Liège’s rugged and raw charm makes it a memorable and authentic city worth exploring. 

If possible, it is worth planning your arrival into Liège via its stunning train station Gare de Liège-Guillemins.

The distinctive transport hub was rebuilt in 2014 and designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.

Its shell-like appearance is best appreciated from the inside during the day, where the sun shines through the muli-coloured and translucent chequered roof, creating a bright and vibrant atmosphere that photographs don’t do justice. 

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If you aren’t arriving into Liège by train it is more than worth detouring from the city centre just to see this incredibly unique building in person.

Montagne de Bueren is one of the steepest staircases in the world with 374 steps from the bottom to the summit.

It may not sound like a lot, but visitors are advised to take their time climbing this deceptively extreme staircase.

Built in 1881, the staircase honours the 600 soldiers who died defending Liège against an attack by the Duke of Burgundy, Charles the Bold in the 15th century and is named after Vincent de Bueren, their leader.

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Once at the top of the steps you are greeted with a breathtaking view of the city and the river Meuse. A moment of reflection and a perfect photo opportunity make the climb more than worthwhile – just remember to pace yourself.

St Paul’s Cathedral, otherwise known as Liège Cathedral, is one of the most impressive buildings in the city. Its quiet and contemplative interior is complimented by a stunning yellow stone ceiling, beautiful stained glass and delicately crafted sculptures.

Attached to the Cathedral is the Treasury, displaying art and items that explain the history of the former principality of Liège.

Highlights of Treasury include the lavish Buste-reliquaire de saint Lambert and Reliquaire de Charles le Téméraire. Entry for one adult to the Treasury is €8 (£7). 

A modern gem in Liège is the impressive and airy exhibition space, La Cité Miroir. Set in an historic bathhouse, the former swimming pool now hosts a temporary cartoon exhibition titled ‘Enjeux Humains’.

The well executed display, which translates to ‘Human Issues’ is an emotive and satirical artistic look at some of the problems modern society faces today.

Of course, a trip to any city in Belgium would be incomplete without trying a traditional Belgian waffle. 

La Gaufrerie is located on the corner of one of the main shopping streets in Liège, Rue des Dominicains, and is the perfect location to grab a delicious and affordable ‘Liège style’ waffle with an array of various tantalising toppings to choose from.

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