Map THE HILLSIDES OF THE CITADEL (*** Michelin Guide)
Take a walk through history along footpaths and old walls, within a stone’s throw of the Saint Lambert Square, in the heart of the city of Liege... Liege, a town renowned for arts, which has though also charming hidden spots... With more than 60 listed monuments and 5 protected places of interest, the hillsides of the citadel bear in many ways witness to the bygone urban landscape. Lying inside the town walls since the 13th century, the hill slope has always been part of the city. Spectacular monuments can be discovered, like the famous Montagne de Bueren stairs or the panoramic views from the Citadel boulevard. Walking on the hillsides can also be an opportunity to make unusual encounters and have new, more intimate experiences, like entering the city behind the scenes, beyond the curtain of aligned façades, or making one’s way across a warren of courtyards, staircases, and alleys and reaching the broad daylight and quiet of the terraces or gazing from very nearby upon the outlines of the town roofs... A privileged place for any visitor in search of nature and quietness, in the very heart of the city !
Map THe historical heart
The city of Liège sprang up between the river Meuse and Saint Lambert’s tomb. One can still read its long history between the river and the foot of the hill, from the former collegiate church of Saint Bartholomew (12th century) to the very heart of the city with the Palace of the Prince-Bishops, the townhall, the Market Square and its Perron, symbol of the municipal liberties. Beautiful façades of the 17th and 18th century mark out a historical itinerary, an interlacing of small streets and medieval alleys. Hors-Châteaux underneath the hills of the Citadel, offers some nice examples of urban renovation throughout its picturesque dead ends and Saint Anthony’s courtyard. Both above described areas (the Historical Heart and the hills of the Citadel) represent the major part of the most ancient of Liège’s quarter in the Middle Ages : the City.