Liège is a must-see destination, offering a deft mix of heritage, culture, hospitality, leisure and culinary delights.
Designed around you, Liège is served by a dense transport network (highway junction, TGV train, Euroregional airport) making Liège hugely accessible. The majestic train station is one of its key landmarks and one of the most stunning stations in Europe - an icon of Liège's renovation.
The Liège-Guillemins train station (architect S.Calatrava) / tourisme fluvial sur la Meuse © Province de Liège
THE HISTORIC CENTRE
Place Lambert is the historic centre of Liège. It is overlooked by the impressive Palace of the Prince-Bishops, which combines a mixture of predominantly Gothic and Renaissance styles.
A symbol of communal freedom, the Perron takes centre stage in the Place du Marché, hot spot of Liège life. In this city centre where history, heritage and culture jostle for the spotlight, elegant streets - a testament to the city's prestigious past - and museums lie before you.
The Quartier de l'Ile completes the historic centre. Dominated by Saint-Paul's Cathedral, this pedestrian district is home to a wonderful variety of shops (combing malls, large retailers and specialist stores), performance venues, cinemas, cafés and restaurants.
Le Palais provincial de Liège © Province de Liège / La Place du Marché © Studiopress-NL-GuyvanGrinsven
COUNTRYSIDE IN THE CITY!
Next to its well-organized parks, the promenade along the slopes of the Citadelle (a 3-star site in the Michelin Green Guide) is one of its unmissable landmarks.
Small stairways, porches and old walls, doors that beg to be opened, hidden courtyards, the old Béguinage du Saint-Esprit and the Tour des Vieux-Joncs illustrate the charm of this countryside city, culminating at the Citadelle.
From this rustic location, you can enjoy a perfect panorama of the city. The stairs (374 steps in total!) of the Montagne de Bueren are tackled by our most courageous visitors.
The slopes of the Citadelle © Ville de Liège
LIÈGE AND ITS MUSEUMS
Nourished by its history and appetite for modernity, Liège is home to a huge number of museums, including Grand Curtius, Aquarium, the Museum of Walloon life, and the Treasury of the Cathedral.
The Park de la Boverie, with its rose garden, the Tour Nicolas Schöffer and the new walkway make it an excellent place for walking. Its centre is home to La Boverie, the Liège Museum of Fine Arts and its renowned space dedicated to temporary exhibitions, run in partnership with the Louvre.
Liège: le Musée de la Boverie (architecte Rudy Riccioti © Ville de Liège Marc Verpoorten) / Le Musée de la Vie Wallonne © Province de Liège
LIÈGE: SENSATIONS, EMOTIONS AND ENCOUNTERS
There are few cities of 200,000 inhabitants able to boast an opera, a philharmonic orchestra, a dozen theatres, including the Théâtre de Liège, an Olympic ice-rink, museums, biennials, music festivals, and public festivals like that of 15 August.
Liège's reputation has for a long time crossed the frontiers of hospitality and night life, notably with the Carré.
There are hundreds of brasseries and bistros. “Peket”, “Liégeois coffee”, beer, waffles and “boulets” are just some of our most famous specialities. With the first rays of sunshine, the terraces of the city centre draw huge crowds.
And on Sunday mornings, it's the “Batte”, Europe's longest market. In summary, the people of Liège truly are spoilt for choice. As our visitors soon discover!
The "Batte" market, on sunday mornings in Liège / Les terrasses / Les gaufres de Liège © Ville de Liège
Photos: le théâtre de Liège / la Cité Miroir / L'Opéra Royal de Wallonie © Ville de Liège
Tourism City of Liège : www.visitezliege.be