17 things to see in Liège, Belgium

Liège is a dynamic city in Belgium

Liège (Belgium) is the largest city of the province of the same name, located on the bank of the Maas River. One of the industrial centers of the country, it is not considered a popular tourist destination, but it does not affect its beauty and unconventional atmosphere.

Liège, Belgium

In Liege history and modernity blend together, and ancient cathedrals are often located close to modern cultural centers. Its population is small, about 200 thousand people, so traffic jams or huge lines at the supermarkets are rare.

The sights of Liege can be seen in a few days. Before knowing where to go and what to see first, you need to figure out how to get to the city itself.

How to get to Liege

Plane to Brussels

The province has an international airport that receives flights from most countries of Europe, America and Asia, but unfortunately Liege does not have regular air links with the CIS countries, so from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus it is more convenient to fly to Brussels.

To get from the airport to the city center (10 km), you may use public transport (in Liege it is only buses):

  • №53. Departs every 20-30 minutes;
  • №57. Goes every two hours from 7 am to 5 pm daily.

It takes about 15 minutes by car on route E42, and the approximate cost of a cab on this route is equal to 25-30 euros.

Liège Guillemins station.

To get to Liège by train or bus is possible only from nearby countries, so most tourists come here from the capital of Belgium.

Rail links between the cities are represented by a set of trains, running every 30-60 minutes from Brussel Central station to Liège Guillemins. You can buy tickets at the station (at the terminal or ticket office) or online at the official Belgian Railways website (www.belgianrail.be). There is no direct flight from Brussels airport. The total trip time is from 53 minutes to 2 hours.

One way ticket costs about 19 €. There are discounts for students, youth up to 26 years, children and seniors.

Please note! Traveling through the cities of Belgium is more profitable on weekends, when there is a system of discounts. So, the price of tickets for the train Brussels-Liege from 19:00 Friday to 19:00 Sunday is only 9-10 €.

This bus travels daily between the cities

The Ouibus bus runs daily between the cities and costs 4 to 6€. There are discounts for schoolchildren, students and seniors.

The best way to get to Liège is by car, but the average rental price is 80 €/day. The shortest route is E40, but you can also take E411 and exit at E42. Cabs in Liege cost the same as in most European countries – from 2 euros per km and from 5 € for a landing.

Weather peculiarities

Air temperature in Liège

Liège is a city with a moderately warm climate. The most suitable months for a holiday here – June-August, when the air warms up to 22 ° C. The city gets colder in January and February, but temperatures almost never fall below -2 degrees Celsius.

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Precipitation is frequent in Liège, with shallow but lingering rain in spring and late fall, and soft snow in winter. Precipitation is highest in autumn and in June, July and December.

When to go to Liège? Prices

It is a common opinion among tourists that the city has few interesting attractions, so the influx of curious travelers here is not observed throughout the year. Prices for holidays are always kept at about the same level, but in summer and at Christmas holidays they may rise by 5-15%.

The only hostel in town is Liège Youth Hostel.

The minimum price for accommodation in Liege is 25€/day (with breakfast) per person in the only hostel of the city – Liège Youth Hostel. Those who want a three-star hotel will have to pay from €70 per room, and the most expensive five-star hotels in the city center will cost you around €170-250 per night.

Lacquemants, waffles with chocolate and caramel.

Lacquemants

In Liege, as in other Belgian cities, the most popular products are waffles, chocolate and cheeses. Be sure to try the following traditional desserts:

  • Bouquetes – pancakes with cocoa, fruit or raisins;
  • Lacquemants – waffles with chocolate and caramel.

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Prices for lunch in cafes and restaurants in Liege start from 15 euros for a three-course business lunch.

  • In a mid-level establishment for lunch for two you will have to pay about 60 €.
  • A fast food lunch with a glass of soft drink will cost 8 € per person.
  • A cappuccino costs on average 2,5 €, 0,5 local beer – 3,75 €.

Because there are many pedestrian routes and little public transportation, the best way to get around in Liège is by walking and cycling (rental services are available in all neighborhoods and cost about 15€ per day). Buses within the city cost from 2,5 € for a single ride.

Liège sights (Belgium)

The 374 steps of the Montagne de Bueren.

The first thing active travelers (and not so) go to this unusual place, located near the city hospital. The 374-step, plant-lined staircase is not only a great exercise for your feet, but also a really beautiful sight.

Tourists who have made this climb, become the owners of the most beautiful photos of Liège, because from this point there is a panoramic view of the whole city from the observation deck of Coteaux de la Citadelle. At the foot there are small stores with inexpensive souvenirs.

Liège central station

The Liège central station is an architectural masterpiece. This is a calling card of the city, the photo in front of which is a must have for everyone who has been there. Innovative technology and a brilliant idea of Santiago Calatrava allowed to create a “floating” building without walls and ceiling, with open platforms and natural lighting during the day.

If you too would like to enjoy the beauty and aesthetics of this landmark, pay attention to the weather conditions – a lot of people will not be able to hide here from rain or snow.

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In the building of the station there are also many cafes and stores with souvenirs.

This cathedral is considered the most beautiful in the whole city. It is located in the central district of Liège and is a historical monument of the 13th century. All tourists can enter the church for free at any time of the day except Sundays, when people come for lunchtime prayers. Don’t forget to take the opportunity to take photos inside and capture the unusual sculptures and the outstandingly beautiful stained glass windows.

Cathedral de Liege

Lucifer sculpture. Liège is popular not only for its beautiful buildings, but also for its unusual sculptures. One of them depicts a fallen angel and is in the city’s main cathedral. The artist Guillaume Guifs spent more than 10 years to turn ordinary marble into this work of art, for which he is still thanked by the people of the city today.

There is also a treasury inside, which you can visit for a fee of 6 euros (5 for students and retirees). It is an elaborate scenography in more than ten themed rooms on two floors. The exhibition can be viewed Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 to 17:00, on Sunday from 13:00 to 17:00.

La Boverie Museum of Belgian and Foreign Painting and Photography

The Museum of Belgian and Foreign Painting and Photography is the main art center of Liège. Here you can not only see the works of masters of the Middle Ages, but also visit the exhibitions of contemporary artists. Temporary exhibitions are held here frequently. Around the building with galleries there is a small green park with benches and fountains.

  • This nice place can be found at Parc de la Boverie 3.
  • Hours of operation: wt and ws from 10:00 to 18:00.
  • Cost to visit: 5€, for pensioners 3€. On the first Sunday of each month admission is free for all.
  • Web site: https://en.laboverie.com.

Place du Marche, market square in Liège

The market square of Liège, a wide boulevard with many cafes and restaurants, is a place where you can feel like an ordinary Belgian. Here locals and tourists who come to see the Perron fountain, the symbol of Liège’s independence, and to take pictures against the backdrop of the city’s town hall are constantly relaxing.

If you want to taste the delicious Belgian waffles or enjoy other desserts, be sure to visit one of the many pastry shops located on the square.

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The Eglise St Jacques church

Anyone who has made it to Liège should visit St. James Church, one of the few architectural monuments that combines several cultural styles. Built in the 11th century, it still retains its beauty today and is a repository of famous works of religious art. The architecture features Romanesque and Renaissance elements. The ceiling is decorated with impressive frescoes.

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Despite the fact that the temple is not the main one in the city, locals and travelers highly recommend to see it first.

  • Where to find: Place Saint-Jacques 8, Liège 4000 Belgium.
  • The church is open to tourists daily from 10 am to noon.

The Bridge of Angels in Liège, built in the early 20th century, is located at the confluence of two rivers. On both sides it is decorated with unusual golden figures, and at night the landmark begins to play with all the colors of the rainbow.

Bridge of Angels in Liège

Souvenirs

From Belgium most often bring delicious delicacies – wine, chocolate or cheese. But the list of interesting gifts you can bring from Belgium is not limited to this:

  1. Buy small copies of the sights of Liege – statuettes, key chains or magnets.
  2. Belgium has a large selection of high quality porcelain or ceramic products.
  3. Beer and tinctures are a great substitute for the standard wine.

Liège, Belgium is a city worthy of your attention. Have a nice vacation!

All prices on the page are for December 2020.

For a walk through the city and an overview of its main attractions, see this video.

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17 things to see in Liège, Belgium

Liège – the most detailed information about the city with photos. The main sights of Liège with descriptions, guides and maps.

City of Liège (Belgium).

Liège is a city in eastern Belgium, located on the Maas River. It has a rich industrial past, which makes it inferior in beauty to Bruges and Ghent. Liège is one of the most important historical cities of Belgium. It is one of the first places in Europe where coal mining began. Liège is now the main cultural center of Wallonia, with many museums and an eclectic mix of architecture from the Middle Ages to modern times.

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Geography and climate

Liège is located in the eastern part of Belgium on the Maas River. The city has a temperate climate with cool summers and mild winters.

Streets of Liège

The streets of Liège

Tourist information

  1. Population – 195 thousand people.
  2. Area – 69.39 km².
  3. Currency – Euro.
  4. Language: French.
  5. Visa – Schengen.
  6. The best options for shopping in Liege are the areas of place Cathédrale and place Saint Lambert.
  7. Outside the city are the Belle-Ile shopping center (take bus 377 from the Opera) and Médiacité, which has over 100 stores.
  8. Traditional food: La tarte au riz (rice cake), Boulets sauce-lapin (meatballs with sauce and fries), La potée liégeoise (a rustic dish of beans, potatoes and bacon), Gaufre de Liège (the famous waffles with caramelized sugar).
  9. Food in the cafes and restaurants of Liège is quite expensive.
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History

The area around Liège was inhabited in ancient times. The settlement was first mentioned in 558. In the 8th century, Liège became a city and one of the centers of Lorraine. It is also the cradle of the Carolingian dynasty.

In the 10th century Liège became an independent principality ruled by a prince-bishop. Then and until the end of the 18th century, this principality was part of the Holy Roman Empire. Interestingly, the city never belonged to the Burgundian, Spanish or Austrian Netherlands.

Liège

Liège

In 1789, a few weeks after the outbreak of the French Revolution, Liège experienced a revolution of its own during the absence of the Prince-Bishop. In 1792 the Principality was abolished and annexed to France, of which it was a part until 1815. Liège then became part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands, and then the Kingdom of Belgium in 1830.

How to get there

Liège airport specializes in cargo. However, it serves the following destinations: Alicante, Bodrum, Izmir, Catania, Heraklion, Malaga and some other mostly southern cities. Although most likely to arrive at Brussels airport, which has many more destinations. From Brussels to Liège you can take a train via Leuven.

High-speed trains connect Liege with Paris, Brussels, Cologne, and Frankfurt. By bus you can easily get here from many cities in France, Germany and the Netherlands.

Attractions

Palais des Princes-Bishops

Palais des Princes-Bishops

The Palace of the Princes-Bishops is a historic building which now houses the court and the seat of the government of Wallonia. The palace dates from the 15th century. It replaced an older medieval structure that had been destroyed. The building is interesting because it marks the transition from Gothic to Renaissance style. Notable features of the palace are the two picturesque courtyards with arched passageways and columns. The interior is inaccessible to visitors.

The best place to walk around Liège is on the waterfront of the river Maas. There are also several interesting sites here: the Pont des Arches bridge, built between 1858 and 1862 to replace an old 11th-century bridge, the butcher’s hall, built in 1546, a historic inn from the 16th century. La Batte Quay hosts a market in the morning.

Saint Barthelemy Church

Church of Saint Barthélemy

The Church of Saint Barthélemy is one of Liège’s main sacred monuments. This beautiful church was built in the 11th and 12th centuries. In the 18th century, this religious structure was greatly enlarged, gaining two towers in the style of Romanesque architecture of the Rhine Valley. The most valuable treasure of the church is a bronze font cast between 1107 and 1118. Also of interest are the medieval choir and paintings by local artists.

One of the most beautiful streets in Liège is the Féronstrée, which begins at the eastern end of the market square and runs through the heart of the old town to the church of Saint-Barthelemy. Most of the buildings that escaped demolition are from the 18th century. Here is the Museum of Walloon Art (Musée de l’Art Wallon), which displays paintings, sculptures and drawings by famous Walloon artists

Saint Martin Basilica

Saint Martin Basilica

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The Basilica of Saint Martin is a late Gothic stone church. This religious structure was founded in the 10th century and was destroyed by fire in 1312 during a dispute between the guilds and the nobility. The church was rebuilt in the 16th century and has beautiful stained glass windows dating from 1526-1536.

The Quai de Maestricht is home to many interesting museums. The Musée d’Armes houses a magnificent collection of small arms, reflecting the tradition of arms manufacturing in Liège since the 14th century. The Musée Curtius includes exhibits from prehistoric, Roman and Franco-Medieval periods, and furniture and decorative arts from the Middle Ages to the French Revolution. This museum is housed in a magnificent red-brick building built in the Renaissance style between 1600 and 1610.

Saint Paul Church

Church of St. Paul

St. Paul’s Church is the cathedral of Liège. It is a magnificent example of Gothic architecture, founded in the 10th century. The structure of the cathedral highlights the beautiful tower as well as the pulpit, vaults, and ceiling. The church has a beautiful interior, decorated between the 16th and 19th centuries. Several religious treasures were transferred here from the ancient Cathedral of St. Lambert, which was destroyed.

The Museum of Walloon Life is one of the most interesting museums of Liège. It is located in a former Minorite monastery. Its exhibitions include 350,000 objects and documents illustrating life and culture in the Walloon region.

Saint James Church

Church of St. James

The Church of St. James was founded in the 11th century and transformed into a magnificent example of late Gothic architecture from 1513 to 1538. The 12th-century Romanesque portico on the west side has been preserved, while the magnificent northern portal was reconstructed in Renaissance style in the 16th century.

Montagne de Buren

Montagne de Buren

The Montagne de Buren is a hilltop with a stunning panorama of Liège, which can be climbed by a winding staircase.

Archeoforum

Archaeoforum

The Archeoforum is an archaeological site of nearly 4,000 square meters located on Saint Lambert Square. It includes the ruins of a medieval cathedral of the same name, demolished in the late 18th century, and an ancient Roman villa.

Train Station

Railway Station

The railway station is an important transport hub and an excellent example of modern architecture.

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