About Liege

Lambda_photography    Thierry Lechanteur 

 

As the most important tourist city in Wallonia, Liège has innumerable riches in store waiting to be discovered. The characteristic districts, the diverse topographical richness, the Meuse river and the wooded hills surrounding the city provide a multitude of original perspectives that give the city an exceptional charm.

Liege is a very lively city with its cheerful population and its vibrant districts (the most famous ones are “Le Carré” and the Market place), the ideal places to have a drink and eat a typical dish. Tourists can also visit the old town centre, with “Hors-Château” and its dead ends, the “Saint-Barthélemy” collegial church and its baptism fonts, its “Perron” (symbol of Liège freedom) and Bueren Mountain with its 400 steps.

In the 19th century, Liege was the heart of the Industrial Revolution in Europe and the coal and steel industries are a great part of its heritage. The House of Ironworks and Industry (museum) still allows its visitors to share a part of this heritage.

Liege is also a shopping city with a dynamic commercial centre located in its pedestrian shopping streets and, each Sunday, with its market called 'La Batte', the oldest Belgian public market and one of the most important in Europe.

Like all Belgian cities, Liege is also famous for Belgian gastronomy, beers and chocolates which can be considered amongst the best of the world.

 

How to reach Liege ?

 Liege is located in the heart of Europe, easily accessible by plane through Brussels (Belgium), Kölhn or Frankfurt (Germany), by speed train at Guillemins TGV train station and by car from
Belgium’s neighbouring countries.

By plane :

Through Brussels Aiport (BRU) :

The easiest is to take a train from the Brussels airport train station to Brussels North train station (or Leuven train station) and then to take a train to Liège Guillemins. 

Tickets : tickets for internal train connections must be booked in the train stations, but cannot be booked in advance (it is only for international trains). You can check the timeschedule on the SNCB website or download the SNCB app.

Frankfurt airport (FRA)   :

You can take a direct fast train from Frankfurt airport train station (Frankfurt Flughafen Fernbahnhof) to Liege Guillemins train station, the journey takes 2 hours. These international tickets have to be booked in advance on the SNCB Europe website : https://www.b-europe.com/EN

 

Köln-Bonn airport (CGN) : There is a direct Eurolines coach from the Koln airport (Cologne) to Liege Guillemins train station (2 hours). Tickets can be booked in advance from here : https://www.eurolines.de/en/home/

You can also take a direct train from Koln main train station (Hbf) to Liege Guillemins (you have first to take a train from Koln airport to Koln Hbf), tickets can be booked from here  : https://www.b-europe.com/EN

 

 By train :

Liège-Guillemins railway station is one of Europe’s most impressive and beautiful stations, and is the work of famous architect Santiago Calatrava. Since it was opened in September
2009, Thalys, ICE and InterCity trains directly links Liege and its neighbouring countries :Germany (Aachen, Cologne, Frankfurt), France (Paris, Lille) and the Netherlands (Maastricht).

All international connections can be booked in advance here : https://www.b-europe.com/EN

For internal trains, tickets can be booked directly in the train stations, timeschedule can be checked here  : http://www.belgianrail.be/en

 

By car :

A well-developed networks of motorways (E40, E25, E42, E313) makes access to Liège by car fairly easy.

On motorway E25 – A 602 : exit 35 « Avroy – Laveu » 

 Enrique Alvarez

 
Photographs : Lambda Photography, Enrique Alvarez, Thierry Lechanteur
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