Liège is the nearest big city for me, yet I rarely find myself there. Maybe a few cinema outings and a museum exhibition every now and then but that’s it. So when I knew I was going there on a weekday, I made sure to explore the most charming part of the city.
Therefore, allow me to take you through my favourite part of Liège, one that includes lots of stairs and tiny alleys. Or as we call them impasse – a dead end street filled with the cutest little houses. And Liège has seven of those, all situated near one another.

Montagne de Bueren

First things first, the famous staircase in Liège. These 374 stairs were built between 1875 and 1880 in the center of Liege. What makes them unique is the angle difference – from bottom to top, a whopping 28 degrees. The first time I visited Liège, I somehow ended up climbing them up and down twice. Surprisingly enough, going down the stairs had a bigger impact on my muscles than going up, probably due to the angle of the staircase.

Montagne de Bueren, Liège
Montagne de Bueren

In fact, it was named as the most extreme staircase in the world by the Huffington Post in 2013.
The stairs, surrounded by houses on both sides, lead to the citadel which boasts a great view of the city.
Each year, on the first Saturday of October, the stairway gets lit up with thousands of candles during the Nocturnes de la Coteaux de la Citadelle.

Montagne de Bueren, Liège

Impasse des Ursulines

To begin with, we’ll start with the only impasse that climbs up Montagne de Bueren following its windy path. In the 17th century, it was called the Horseshoe road, in honor of the first house on the street that is gone today. Later on, it was renamed after the convent situated at the beginning of the alley.

Impasse des Ursulines, Liège
Impasse des Ursulines, Liège

Impasse Venta

Impasse Venta, Liège

Impasse de la Couronne

Impasse de la Couronne, Liège

Impasse de l’Ange

Possibly the most charming alley, and one that definitely makes me feel like I’m snooping around someone’s yard!

Impasse de l'Ange, Liège

Impasse Hubart

Impasse Hubart, Liège

Impasse de la Vignette

Impasse de la Vignette, Liège

Impasse de la Chaîne

Impasse de la Chaîne, Liège

Cup N’Cake

Finally, I wanted to introduce you to a place I accidentally found one cold morning while trying not to get lost. And boy, was I pleasantly surprised by this coffee shop! Marvellous food, a warm and inviting interior and so many different types of hot chocolate – what more could you ask for?

Cup N'Cake, Liège
Cup N'Cake, Liège

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