Table of Contents
- 1 Cheap car rental liege
- 2 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Liège
- 2.1 La Boverie
- 2.2 Liège waffle
- 2.3 Grand Curtius
- 2.4 Montagne de Bueren
- 2.5 Église St-Jacques
- 2.6 Liege-Guillemins Station
- 2.7 Musee Des Beaux Arts de Liege
- 2.8 Cathédrale St-Paul
- 2.9 Church of St Bartholomew
- 2.10 Palace of the Prince-Bishops
- 2.11 Musée d’Ansembourg
- 2.12 Rent car in Liege
Cheap car rental liege
Liège is a large city and municipality in Wallonia and the capital of the Belgian province of Liège. It is the third largest city in Belgium and historically one of the most important industrial centers in the country. It was one of the first places in Europe to start coal mining and has a long tradition of manufacturing, especially in the steel industry. Liège is often overlooked, but Wallonia’s most populous city rewards those who stay here with charming streets, delicious Belgian cuisine and, above all, extremely welcoming locals.
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Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Liege?
The best month to hire a car in Liege is October (when prices start from €16.46 for economy class). That’s 34% cheaper than the annual average and 52% cheaper than in July (where rental prices start at €34.50 for a compact). Knowing this will help you find the best price.
Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Liège
Liege has all the ingredients for an ideal city break. It is a traffic-calmed, green and charming city, rich in history and situated on the Meuse. Stroll the narrow cobblestone streets and look for quirky old architecture and art galleries in the park. Mingle with laid-back locals enjoying the best of Belgian beer and indulge in delicious bites from waffles to meatballs and more.
There is inevitably something romantic about an art gallery set in beautiful, lush grounds. Located a short walk from Liege Train Station in the Parc de la Boverie, La Boverie is both an international exhibition center and a fine arts museum. Browse through the historical collections of the city of Liege or explore contemporary cultural projects. Popular past exhibitions have been organized by artists such as the Louvre. The permanent collection includes artworks by Lambert Lombard, Pablo Picasso and René Magritte.
This excellent gallery, south of central Liege, hosts many high-quality temporary exhibitions, but still displays items from its fabulous art collection. Much is locally relevant, from 16th-century masterpieces by Lambert Lombard to a superb iron foundry scene from Seraing by Constantine Meurnier.
There are also fine works by Magritte, Monet, Gauguin and Chagall, and a large, almost completed Picasso. The ‘palace’ itself was originally built for the Exposition Universelle (World’s Fair), which celebrated Belgium’s 75th anniversary with great fanfare in 1905. Visiting the magnificent rose gardens directly to the south is free for everyone. In the summertime, getting to Guillemins by river ferry is pleasant, crossing the long footbridge from the jetty.
Tasting a Liege waffle is a must in the city, but for the best, head to Une Gaufrette Saperlipopette and be prepared to line the block. The hype is definitely worth it. This gourmet bakery and ice cream parlor is located in the center of Liege and is very popular with both locals and tourists. They only use local producers to offer you delicious bites with no additives. Order a fresh cinnamon waffle to-go.
The Grand Curtuis or Curtuis Museum is an archeology and art museum housed in a restored 17th-century mansion. All those years ago the building belonged to a wealthy local entrepreneur and it was his idea to merge four small museum collections into the large collection you can see today. The amount of artifacts here means you need to devote a full day to the museum and get an audio guide to fully appreciate this vast museum.
The sumptuous Grand Curtius brings together four different museum collections in the former private mansion-warehouse of a 16th-century Liège arms dealer. The red outer walls of the building were originally painted with ox blood. The museum’s ambitious goal is to explain the entire history of art, from prehistoric shards of stone to Art Nouveau pianos, while mixing the stories of artists and industries from Liège.
The result is impressive, sometimes even overwhelming. There is an incredible wealth of treasures to discover and it will take you a few hours to do it justice, and more if you take full advantage of the in-depth tablet guide (included) and temporary exhibitions (additional cost).
Montagne de Bueren
Climbing the stairs of Mount Büren is worthwhile, but it is also worth exploring the passages around the mountain and marveling at the hidden gems you find along the way. You will discover mostly private gardens, but nonetheless worth a detour. Continue up the spiral staircase to the top of the Montagne de Bueren and you will find a ferocious war memorial as well as some of the best panoramic views in the whole city of Liège.
Several small medieval passages are buried under the facades of the houses on Rue Hors Château. Most disappear into quaint hidden courtyards, but the Montagne de Bueren, built in 1821, continues steeply in a long stairway of 373 steps to the top of the ancient citadel hill. At the top is a war memorial and a viewpoint over the city, behind which are 5 m high grassy brick fortress bastions. Unfortunately, the summit is spoiled by a hospital with no architectural interest.
Less painful is the climb up the narrow side staircase that leads to the enclosed Terrasses des Minimes. Once the terraced orchards of a number of religious orders, it is now a pretty hillside garden park with great views of the incredible chaos of Liege’s rooftops.
Arguably Liege’s most intriguing church, this architectural hodgepodge was founded in 1015 and preserves a heavily patched 1170 west end whose Romanesque brown limestone and brickfill clash discordantly with the 16th-century Gothic nave.
A north portal from 1557 by famous local artist Lambert Lombard adds yet another dimension. Inside, the colorful vaulted ceilings feature over 150 carved bosses.
Hours of operation can vary significantly depending on volunteer availability.
This iconic building is sure to take your breath away. The building is both a major transport hub in the country and an impressive example of modern architecture. It was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and is mostly made of steel. Its curved, loose design is reminiscent of something out of a sci-fi movie. If you want to catch one of Belgium’s impressive high-speed trains, this station is one of three stations in the country from which you can reach one.
Liege Central Station, about 2km south of the center, is an incredible 2009 icon designed by Santiago Calatrava. Ideal for semi-abstract landscape photography, its bold white curves give the impression of a giant glass and concrete manta ray.
Platform 1 offers a well-framed view of the Tour Paradis, a 118m tall sail-shaped glass skyscraper for accountants and bureaucrats.
Musee Des Beaux Arts de Liege
Highlights of St Paul’s Cathedral include a large 19th-century painting depicting the legend of St Lambert’s assassination and the saint’s ornate silver coffin, a Romantic creation in 1893 for his 1200th birthday. However, the St Lambert skull is said to be in the treasury, which you have to pay for (although entry is included in an Archéoforum ticket). In the late afternoon, the cathedral’s soaring gray stone Gothic vaults are bathed in colored light filtered through stained glass windows, old and new.
St. Paul’s Cathedral, or Liège Cathedral as it is also known, was built in the 15th century and restored to its present state in the 19th century. The building is a wonderful example of Gothic architecture, particularly the pulpit, vaults and ceiling. During the demolition, several treasures were brought into the cathedral from nearby St Lambert’s Cathedral, including a gold and silver ornament made by St Lambert himself. Inside the ornament, if legend is to be believed, is part of Lambert’s Skull.
Church of St Bartholomew
Mosan art is an art style that has its origins in the Meuse Valley in what is now Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. Most people will agree that one of the finest examples of Maasan art is in the Saint-Barthélemy church in Liège. The famous baptismal font found inside the church was made in the early 12th century and came from the Saint-Lambert cathedral when it was demolished. The baptismal font shows several baptismal scenes and rests on small ox figures that seem to support its weight. Entry to the police station is 2 euros or you can peek through the window of the nearby church.
Founded outside the city walls between 1010 and 1015, this beautiful red and white sandstone church is the oldest building in Liège. It has characteristic Rhenish-Maasan architecture, and inside you’ll see remarkable and rare Liege baroque furniture on gleaming marble floors and whitewashed walls. In 2006, the church emerged from a seven-year restoration that replaced 10,000 bricks.
This magnificent Rhenish-style church has Saxon-style twin towers and a cream and cherry-colored facade. It houses the famous baptismal font from 1118, one of the most famous works of Maasan art in the world.
The baptismal font is a large brass bowl recovered from a lower chapel of St Lambert’s Cathedral when the complex was demolished in 1793. It rests on ox figures and is adorned with five baptismal scenes, meticulously described in a video projected nearby. To see the baptismal font for free, look out the long, narrow slit window at the west end of the church.
Palace of the Prince-Bishops
The former Palace of the Prince-Bishops is a magnificent building in the center of Liège. It overlooked the Saint-Lambert Cathedral before its destruction. The first palace was built here over 1000 years ago, but was destroyed by fire in the 12th century. Much as it was today, the palace is as it was in the 18th century and is a magnificent mix of “serious and grand” as Victor Hugo described it. The building is currently used as a courthouse.
Behind an Italian Renaissance facade, this former palace stands as one of the largest secular Gothic buildings in the world. Before 1789 it was the power center of the prince bishops and is now used as a court of appeal, but you can usually walk around the central courtyard.
Less a museum than a beautifully furnished 1755 Regency mansion with original plaster ceilings and gilded leather wallpaper. Highlights include four original 17th-century Oudenaarde tapestries. You can comfortably see all 18 rooms in about 20 minutes.
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