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Montagne de Bueren (Bueren Mountain) is a 374-step staircase that connects the city center to an old citadel. With a slope of almost 30 degrees, these stairs are not a real mountain, but you might find that this long, steep climb is almost as challenging as ascending to a summit.
The staircase was constructed in the late 19th century to allow soldiers to access the city center from the citadel. It was named for Vincent de Bueren, who defended Liège against an attack by the Duke of Burgundy in the 15th century. It honors the 600 soldiers who lost their lives in this battle.
Be sure to take your time as you ascend the staircase. Not only will this ease the physical exertion of the climb, but it will also provide an opportunity for you to admire the charming, centuries-old buildings found along both sides of the staircase.
At the top of the stairs, you’ll be able to see the Meuse River and the city of Liège below. Compare the view with the simplified map of Liège, which is depicted on the floor of the viewing platform.
Look for the towering war memorial dedicated to the soldiers who died during World War I and World War II. Walk to the remains of the citadel, which is found just behind this war memorial. Originally built between the 10th and 11th centuries by the Romans, the citadel has been reconstructed many times over the years. Today, its ruined brick bastions surround a modern hospital.
One of the best times of year to visit Montagne de Bueren is on the first Saturday in October during the Nocturne des Coteaux de la Citadelle. For this event, more than 3,000 candles are placed along the steps to create a mesmerizing evening illumination. Or visit the staircase during Bueren de Fleurs in June, when the steps are covered with colorful flowers.
Montagne de Bueren can be accessed from Rue Hors Chateau. The staircase and citadel are free to explore any time of day.
This family-friendly Liege hotel is located near the airport, within a 5-minute walk of Royal Opera of Wallonia, Féronstrée and Place Saint-Lambert. Museum of Walloon Art and Theatre de Liege are also within 10 minutes. Liege-Palace Station is only a 4-minute walk and Liege-Jonfosse Station is 11 minutes.
Situated in Liege, this hotel is steps away from Park of the Boverie and Liege Convention Center. Liege Aquarium-Museum and Theatre de Liege are also within 1 mile (2 km). Liege-Guillemins Station is 16 minutes by foot and Liege-Jonfosse Station is 22 minutes.
Located in Saint-Laurent, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Square (Le Carre), Royal Opera of Wallonia and Liege Cathedral. Prince-Bishops' Palace and Gretry Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). Liege-Jonfosse Station is 6 minutes by foot and Liege-Palace Station is 8 minutes.
Located in Saint-Laurent, this hotel is steps away from Royal Opera of Wallonia and Féronstrée. Place Saint-Lambert and Prince-Bishops' Palace are also within 5 minutes. Liege-Palace Station is 5 minutes by foot and Liege-Jonfosse Station is 11 minutes.
Located in the heart of Liege, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Prince-Bishops' Palace and Place Saint-Lambert. Liege-Palace Station is 6 minutes by foot and Liege-Jonfosse Station is 16 minutes.
Located in Féronstrée et Hors-Château, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Montagne de Beuren and Place Saint-Lambert. University of Liege and Theatre de Liege are also within 15 minutes. Liege-Palace Station is 8 minutes by foot and Liege-Jonfosse Station is 20 minutes.
Located in Outremeuse, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Féronstrée, Grand Curtius Museum and Collegiate Church of St. Bartholomew. La Batte and Museum of Walloon Art are also within 15 minutes. Liege-Palace Station is 20 minutes by foot and Liege Bressoux Station is 29 minutes.
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