Liège, Belgium

Main things to do and see if you visit Liège, Belgium

Historical side of Liège, Belgium

Historical side of Liège, Belgium

Liège is the third largest city in Belgium after Brussels and Antwerp. This charming place is also the largest city in the French-Speaking region of Wallonia. In just one hour from Brussels by train you will reach the medieval and historical treasure of Liège. Not everyone knows but Liège is one of Belgium’s most important industrial centers. The city was one of the first places in Europe to start mining coal and has a long tradition in manufacturing. Due to the industrial heritage I didn’t expect to discover such beautiful architecture and variety of interesting museums and churches.
Delicious patisserie in Belgium

Delicious patisserie in Belgium

Where to stay in Liège, Belgium?

We stayed at Appart-Hotel Léopold Liège Centre in the historic heart of Liège surrounded by lovely bars. It’s next to the Liège’s old City Hall which you can admire from your window at night when it’s gloriously lit up by red spotlights. Our room was tidy, with clean bedding, towels and a comfortable double-bed. It also contains a kitchen with basic kitchen utensils, nice bathroom with a great shower, towels, soaps and shampoo. There is free Wi-Fi and a flat screen TV but unfortunately with mainly French channels. Although we could still enjoy the nature documentary on BBC.

Marvel at the Liege-Guillemins Station

Liege-Guillemins Station, Belgium

Liege-Guillemins Station, Belgium

 

First thing to admire when you arrive in Liège, Belgium is it’s futuristic and iconic central station. The breath-taking building was designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and is made of steel. The modern building completed in 2009 might remind you of a sci-fi movie and it’s an ideal spot for photography.

Learn About Art at the beautiful Grand Curtius

Grand Curtius Liège, Belgium

Grand Curtius Liège, Belgium

The Grand Curtius Museum is an archeology and art museum from the 17th century. The impressive red building belonged to a wealthy entrepreneur from the city and it was his personal idea to bring together four different museum collections in order to form the large collection.

Climb 374 steps of the Montagne de Bueren

374 steps of the Montagne de Bueren, Liège, Belgium

374 steps of the Montagne de Bueren, Liège, Belgium

 

 

With a steep 30 degree slope and a good amount of 374 steps Montagne de Bueren has been nominated as the most extreme stairway in the world. Climb the stairs, take amazing pictures and enjoy the panoramic view of the city.

Visit the Collegiate Church of St. Bartholomew

Collegiate Church of St. Bartholomew Liège, Belgium

Collegiate Church of St. Bartholomew Liège, Belgium

Founded in the 11th century, this gorgeous church was built in the Mosan style. Mosan describes a medieval style of architecture and metalwork centered mainly around Liège and is characterized by a mix of styles popular in neighboring countries: France and the Netherlands.

Popular drink of Liège, peket

The alcoholic drink peket is made from juniper berries so it’s basically gin. It can be drunk straight as a shot but is typically mixed with fruit flavors, usually lemon. There are various flavors and you can taste them in the La Maison du Peket.

Where to eat in Liège?

Burger place in Belgium The Huggy's Bar

Burger place in Liege, The Huggy’s Bar

Yes, of course you can try the traditional Belgian food à la my grandmother can cook it at home. I would suggest to taste burgers from a new and hip place The Huggy’s Bar. The great fact about this place is that all ingredients are produced in Belgium, the majority in Liège. The philosophy of the company is to keep close attention to a positive environmental attitude.

What to eat in Liège, Belgium: Burger from The Huggy's Bar

What to eat in Liège, Belgium: Burger from The Huggy’s Bar

First place where you can pair Huggy's self-brewed beer with burgers

First place where you can pair Huggy’s self-brewed beer with burgers

The Huggy’s Bar offers a casual and laid-back atmosphere with a friendly service. There are 40 various burger combinations paired together with Huggy’s 8 self-brewed beers. We ordered the Avocado Burger with beef and bacon, cheddar, guacamole, tomato & red onions and Huggy’s secret sauce and the Chimay Burger with double bacon, beef, red onions, rucola and chummy cheese of course. Our order came with an unlimited amount of coleslaw and tasty Belgian fries. The burgers were very juicy and sumptuous with fresh products. If I have to give one point to criticism it would be only that the buns were too soft and fell apart. A grilled version of them could make it the best burger. Nevertheless we enjoyed it. Definitely try the Trinity beer if you prefer a bit more character in your glass. My personal highlight was a Galler Chocolate Milkshake which left me speechless for a moment.

Loved it!

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21 Comments

  1. So let me get this straight. First I go to Huggy’s bar stuff up on some delectable food and then climb the 374 stairs to burn all the calories. An eco-friendly post this.

  2. Oh wow how amazing! I really want to visit Belgium, not just for the chocolate milkshake either, haha! It looks fantastic!

  3. Well I think my first stop would be the patisserie because it looks delicious. Then I would have to follow it with a couple of trips up and down the 374 steps hehe

    – Jackie (Organised Mum Life)

  4. Jennifer Prince

    Belgium looks so fun! And I always appreciate recommendations on where to eat and drink. The buildings are always so pretty in Europe, too! 🙂

    • Kate

      That’s truw, especial there are plenty of beautiful historical building in the whole Belgium!

  5. I would love to visit Liège when I visit Belgium. Would love to visit all these places, one must climb 374 stairs to get an awesome view of the city. Loved the post.

  6. That train station looks really impressive, especially in a place that I have never heard of. I’m keen to go back to Belgium as it’s so close to home for me x

  7. I love finding “mosts” items when traveling and I’d love to do a timed run up the most extreme staircase in the world as a challenge. I bet that would be a lot of fun!

  8. Renata Green

    My daughter is moving to Brussels next month so I’ll visit in October – and will go to Liege if only for the burger!

    • Kate

      Then you should definitely read my post about Brussels and some other lovely towns in Belgium! 🙂

  9. When I was younger I used to read a lot about Europe and I was always intrigued with Belgium. I wanna try that Peket and of course shop for a lot of Belgian chocolates. Belgium is beautiful!

  10. Blair villanueva

    I guess that stairs are famous for many instagrammers 🙂
    Such a stunning city to visit! Worth it to visit Belgium soon.

  11. well there’s a very complete guide of Lierge. What a lovely city, it could be a great destination in belgium besides brussel

  12. I was in Belgium this February and saw most of Brussels and Bruges only. Reading this post, it seems like I missed out on the wonderful Liege. Maybe next time I should try and check out Liege at least for the Montagne de Bueren

  13. Jana

    I’ve always wanted to go to Belgium. Hopefully one day I will be able to experience the place like you did! Great info!

  14. This looks like such a wonderful place to visit! I haven’t visited Belgium whatsoever and want to tick it off my bucket list, will definitly consider Liege.

    Ami xxx

  15. kim

    I’ve always wanted to visit Belgium and your pictures look amazing! So much to see and do!

  16. Amanda maguire

    Wow. Totally seeing Belgium in a different light after reading this. Amazing photos. Thanks for sharing this.

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