Liege (Belgium)

Liege Travel Guide and Trip Resources

Stephane Mignon

Not just industrial

Liege is the fourth largest city of Belgium and second largest in Wallonia
Gets a rep for being industrial and glum, but it really isn't all that bad
The Town Hall, Palace, Hors-Chateau and Montagne de Bueren are the main places to look out for

Liege, fourth largest city in Belgium and second largest in French-speaking Wallonia after Charleroi, is not really the kind of city that instills much excitement in most travelers. Most people who briefly pass through it will tell you that the city feels quite glum, and then tell you the story of its industrial success and subsequent decline. We are not necessarily disagreeing strongly with those people, but wouldn't you agree that the leading photo of this article doesn't really seem to rhyme with that assessment? As always there is more to Liege than at first meets the eyes.

That picture we mentioned is a shot taken from the Montagne de Bueren, west of the Meuse, and is only part of the proof that this city is not all grey and glum. Head over to the 11th century Palace of the Prince-Bishops on the Place Saint-Lambert or explore the picturesque narrow alleys (the "Impasses") of Hors-Cheateau and you will slowly start to wonder to yourself what all the negativity surrounding Liege was all about?

In between you will find the cafe-filled Place du Marché, which is also home to one of the other major sights, the city's classical-style Town Hall. The Saint Paul Cathedral and romanesque Church of St-Barthélemy are some of the other sights to look out for.

With that we have pretty much described the Old Town, and we haven't even touched on the island neighbourhood of working-class Outremeuse and Quartier de l'Île which have some interesting sights all on their own. [Review by travelindicator]

Key info

  • Liege is a city in Belgium. It has a population of 195,576, is situated at an altitude of 223ft and the best airport to fly into is BRU (Brussels Airport, Brussels)
  • The main spoken language here is French, and the average English skill is intermediate
  • The currency used in Belgium is the Euro (EUR)

Liege Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

37 43 48 57 64 70 72 72 66 55 48 41

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

1.4 1.6 1.8 1.4 1.6 2.6 2.9 2.5 2.4 2.5 1.7 2.3

More Liege travel resources

We found a list written by Planetware on places to see that was a bit too long to be helpful, but here it is nevertheless. More useful for us was the guide at Orange Smile and Eupedia. Obviously we won't stop without giving you the Liege Wikitravel and Liege Lonely Planet.

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