Liège city breaks
Liège holidays and city breaks
Liège has far more to it that first meets the eye – it’s the cultural hub of Belgium’s Wallonia region, with museums and art on tap and a lively nightlife scene. The best way to arrive is via the spectacular Liège-Guillemins Train Station, a modern architectural triumph which resembles a baseball cap, a stingray or a woman lying on her side, depending on your perspective. Straddling the Meuse and with a backdrop of Ardennes foothills, Liège is a city of wide boulevards, pockets of timber-frame architecture and pretty parks.
Things to see and do
Culture fans should start at the Grand Curtius, which went through a €50-million redevelopment two decades ago. It houses a wealth of treasures, weaponry, archaeology and decorative arts in the red-painted former mansion-warehouse of a 16th-century Liège arms dealer (supposedly it was originally painted with ox blood). It has a vast collection and exhibits on Liège industries throughout the ages.
Learn more about the history of the region at the Museum of Walloon Life, set in the stunning former monastery of the Franciscans, and housing everything from literature to folklore and crafts.
Stretch your legs by climbing the 373 steps of the Montagne de Bueren’s staircase to the Old Citadel.
Belgian explorer and adventurer Louis-Philippe Loncke simulated an ascent of Mount Everest here during the pandemic, by doing the 9000-metre climb 135 times while carrying a 15kg backpack.
Best places to eat and drink in Liège
Place du Marché is a great place to explore bars, restaurants and brasseries. Find a spot to try local specialty Boulet à la liégeoise – meatballs in sweet brown sauce served with fries, mayo and apple purée. Chase it with the local Walloon gin – pèkèt. The place to make the most of Liège’s buzzing nightlife is Le Carré, where pedestrianised streets are lined with numerous late-night bars and taverns.
How to get to Liège
Eurostar and Thalys have joined forces, so direct trains from France to Belgium are now available to book on eurostar.com. More connections are available for travel on high-speed trains from the UK to Belgium too.
Address: Place des Guillemins 2, 4000
Phone number: +32 (0) 2 528 28 28
Facilities: Car park, bike park, luggage lockers
Lost and found: If you’ve lost something on your journey please see the advice here.
Public transport: On Eurostar’s trains across Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Germany you can buy your ticket for public transport at the Eurostar Café, at the same price as buying a single ticket at the ticket desk. Search for details of your onward journey using public transport
Connecting trains: Check timetables in real time for your connecting trains
Airport connections: Liege Airport
Book a taxi & pick-up service: My Driver