The City of Liege has been important to the region since the Middle Ages. Visitors will be enchanted by the historic town center and the elegant modern boulevards and buildings. The city is a mix of old and new, quaint and industrial. But there are a few places you won’t want to miss.
The heart of the city, the Palace of the Prince-Bishops includes the Place of Justice and the Provincial Palace representing the historic power that rested in Liege. The underground archeoforum is an archeological site holding the remains of three cathedrals and a Roman building. The 1714 Town Hall is an elegant classic building, and the houses on the market square boast blue stone and brick faces.
The interesting architecture of the large villas and homes on the streets Hors Chateau and En Feronstree date from the 18th Century. Of special note is the well-preserved Hotel d’Ansembourg, which is now a museum. The 17th Century Curtius Palace stored the goods of a rich arms merchant. The Museum Grand Curtius contains art and history collections that tell the city’s story. The 11th Century Saint Barthelemy Church is home to the work of Middle Ages goldsmiths and has been renovated to welcome visitors.
The Mountain of Bueren and slopes of the Citadel present a staircase of 373 steps up for a breathtaking view of the city. Leading to the Citadel are quaint streets and an ancient well.
The Christmas Village is one of the oldest and biggest in Belgium, and it receives over one million visitors a year. Liege has more theaters per person than any other European city. It is known for its marionette theaters, located around the city.
The quays along the Meuse are perfect for cycling or jogging, and the woods at Coteaux de la Citadelle, Chartreuse, and Sart Tilman offer many hiking and mountain biking trails that will thrill nature-lovers.