Tour to discover the heritage of Liege

Our tour "from Calatrava to Curtius

Discover our personalized tour named after two architectural emblems of our city, one is the witness of a rich industrial past, the other is the symbol of a contemporary revival and a promising future. Between the two, it is a city full of contrasts that reveals itself between tradition and modernity and that I invite you to discover at the speed of your steps.

Day 1: From the train station to the historic heart

The Guillemins and the Calatrava station

A visit to Liege certainly starts with its emblematic railway station, the Calatrava station. Inaugurated in 2009, it represents one of the most beautiful gateways to the city. Its impressive architecture is the work of one of the greatest architects of our time, the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.

In front of the station stands proudly the very modern finance tower, "la Tour Paradis" inaugurated in 2015 and which becomes one of the most important landmarks of the city, visible from everywhere. In this booming Guillemins district, many renovation projects have been carried out in the last few years, resulting in a renewal that makes the city an attractive metropolis. The project is ambitious because it is part of a development of great economic and tourist interest. It is a brand new district that is taking shape with shops, offices and important cultural points

Also to be seen on rue Dartois, 2 beautiful Art Nouveau style houses, one built in 1907 and the other in 1922.

La Boverie and the Meuse's banks

Passerelle La Belle Liégeoise

As soon as you leave the station you walk towards the Paradis Tower and you arrive at the Meuse river. The banks have been transformed into a pleasant place to stroll. The footbridge La Belle Liégeoise, inaugurated in 2016, becomes an additional point of interest that connects the station area with the Boverie park area. This is where the Musée de la Boverie, a museum of modern and contemporary art inaugurated in 2016, is located.

Take a break to admire the beautiful rose garden, the many sculptures and the imposing architecture of the museum. This is also where the impressive Cybernetic Tower of the artist Nicolas Schöffer stands, one of my favorites. Don't miss it. Thanks to an electronic system, it produces sounds and lights that are worth the detour. The stroll continues along the Meuse River alongside the Palais des Congrès.

Cross the next bridge and you arrive at Les Terrasses, a magnificent garden surrounded by beautiful 19th century houses, many of which have unfortunately been destroyed. The place remains a very charming place with a view on the small marina and a high real estate value.

Continue along the marina and admire the sculpture of the "diver" which closes the walk along the Meuse. Here you turn left to Boulevard Piercot, where you will find the magnificent building of the Royal Conservatory of Music of Liège, the first Royal Conservatory of Music in Belgium and a major witness of the 19th century architecture in Liège.

The heart of Liege and its pedestrian areas

Opposite the conservatory, take a small street that will lead you to the majestic church of Saint Jacques le Mineur, a former Benedictine abbey of Saint-Jacques in Liège, founded in 1015 and whose current gothic church was completed in the 16th century.

Cross the boulevard Emile Destenay and plunge into the heart of Liege through a small alley, the rue Saint Remy. Full of charm, it hides a small treasure of architecture invisible to the uninitiated. In the middle of the street, on your left, take a passage that leads to a magnificent little courtyard where the houses look like dollhouses. A haven of peace in the heart of the city, a block away from Saint Paul's Cathedral which you can reach in 2 minutes. The Cathedral Square is the heart of the city, with on one side a pleasant pedestrian shopping area and on the other side, behind the cathedral, a sort of "Latin Quarter" with a Parisian touch, full of gastronomic and gustatory treasures not to be missed.

Also worth a visit: the Cathedral Treasury

In the pedestrian center of Liege, you will discover not only a variety of trendy stores but also bars and restaurants. Don't miss the Passage Lemonnier, one of the oldest covered shopping passages in Belgium, which is home to renowned addresses that have been established in Liege for decades. The unmissable "Carré" district is renowned for its bars and its festive atmosphere during the weekend. The rue du Mouton Blanc, the rue du Pot d'or and the rue de la Casquette are full of unique stores where the hospitality of the people of Liège is well known.

We strongly recommend a visit to the Cité Miroir: an exceptional cultural place located in the former baths and thermal baths of the Sauvenière where humanity and memory are honored.

At the edge of this district is the Royal Opera of Wallonia. Its geographical location, at the crossroads between Germany, the Netherlands, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and France, and its high quality programming attract a large Belgian and international audience.

This is where your first day in Liege ends. It's time to relax in one of the bars offering a variety of special beers and to taste one of the many culinary specialties of our city. Tomorrow it's the historic heart that awaits you in a more typical atmosphere in the heart of Liege's culture.

Day 2: From the historic heart to Outremeuse

The historical heart of Liege: from the Saint Lambert square to the market place

Welcome to the historical heart of Liege and visit the Place Saint Lambert, a popular place that links the commercial center and the historical center. The Palace of the Princes Bishops, now the Law Courts, and the former Innovation building are the only historical witnesses that have resisted the numerous transformations of the square during the 20th century.

Immerse yourself in the authentic Liège atmosphere by the Place du Marché, a charming little square that takes on a festive air as soon as the sun comes out. Numerous terraces surround the two symbols of the city, the Perron and the town hall. It is the ideal place to enjoy a good beer.

Opposite the Perron, go to En Neuvice, a pedestrian street that has become one of the most popular places for artists and gourmets. You can find good quality chocolate and tea as well as charming artisan stores. Now it's time to get lost in the surrounding streets. You will come across Beer's Lovers, the temple of Belgian beer, or the Peket house and its famous Liège-style balls, or a travel bookshop, Toutes Directions, which will provide you with the best addresses in the city.

But the must-see of the must-sees is rue des Mineurs at "Une gaufrette saperlipopette", an alibaba cave of sweets from here and elsewhere that will take you back to childhood. It is there that you will fill up with waffles of Liege, bouquettes liégeoises, financiers, pancakes, chouquettes, and so many others, the whole is a true treat.

To visit also: the Museum of the Walloon life and the Archéoforum

Hors Château and the Bueren Mountain

Coteaux de la citadelle

Continue your journey to Hors Chateau Street, the main historical street in the neighborhood. This street concentrates many of the city's important points of interest. There are buildings dating from the Middle Ages as well as private mansions from the 18th century.

The main tourist attraction will always be the famous Montagne de Bueren, a street made only of stairs that climbs the hill to reach the old citadel of which only the ramparts remain.

After admiring the lights of the city, you can take the path of the ramparts that will lead you through the hill to the end of the Hors Château street. If you don't want to miss anything of the neighborhood, go back the other way and visit the centuries-old dead ends that will lead you into the intimate heart of the neighborhood.

In one of these dead ends, you will find the famous restaurant "Le Thème", an original gastronomic address that changes its decor according to its menu. The neighborhood has no lack of quality restaurants such as Le bistron'home which has been awarded a bib gourmand.

From the Saint Barthélemy square to the Batte market on a Sunday morning

Rue Souverain Pont

It is at this address that you will leave the rue Hors Château to join the rue En Féronstrée which will lead you to the place Saint Barthélemy and its magnificent collegiate church where you will find the famous baptismal fonts, one of the jewels of the Mosan religious art. It is also on this square that you will find the Curtius Museum, one of Liège's most important cultural sites.

Go back on your steps and pass in front of the Ansembourg museum, a private mansion from the 18th century, then rue de la boucherie in front of the former meat market, a very beautiful Renaissance building, now housing the tourist office which will help you to get all the good ideas.  In this district you will find a particular atmosphere which already announces the famous market of the Batte which takes place every Sunday morning along the Meuse. From the bistro with gingham tablecloths in the rue de la Goffe to the vintage stores in the rue Souverain Pont, lovers of good finds will be delighted. We will mention for example the Bistrot d'en Face, the Paris Brest and of course Chez Lequet.

Here you don't really go hunting but you can stroll around and let yourself be carried away by the casual mood of the neighborhood.  The rue Souverain pont has become the showcase of the know-how of young talents from Liège. Fashion and jewelry designers rub shoulders with organic and trendy gourmet places. Creativity goes hand in hand with diversity, and nature goes hand in hand with trendiness, or even "wattitude", the name of a magnificent store that offers a wide selection of pure Walloon products.

En Outremeuse

All you have to do is cross the nearest bridge to complete your Liège immersion. Welcome to Outremeuse, the most Liège-like district of Liège, the most authentic, the most popular, the one that breathes Liège conviviality. It is not for nothing that it is here that the 15th of August festivities are celebrated in the purest Liège folklore. These festivals are prepared several months in advance and last almost a week. Here the inhabitants claim to belong to a real independent republic. We don't live in Liege, we live in Outremeuse! The Roture street is the symbol of this with its small old houses that have become, over the years, good typical and welcoming restaurants. Tchantchès, their mascot, is never far away and will always have something to quench your thirst.

You know what you have to do now. A good meal in a warm bistro to end the day in beauty will leave you with good memories of Liege.

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