travel guide

The Commercial and Central Hub of Wallonia

French speaking Wallonia’s intellectual and the old industrial centre which is now successfully meeting the challenges of adapting to the 21st century. A mere one hour from Brussels, it is an interesting city because it is seen as the mid point between northern and southern European culture. Its old town, sited on the River Meuse is filled with lots of wonderful landmark buildings which date from the medieval period. Its architectural pride is the 16th century Palace of the Bishop Princes but equally magnificent is the Romanesque Church of St. Bartholomew, the Church of Saint-Jacques and Liege Cathedral.

Visit too the Museum of Walloon Life located in the former Monastery of Franciscan monks. Here you can find out what life was like in Wallonia in the 19th to the present day. The theme of the museum is on the difference and uniqueness of Walloons and Wallonia. The artefacts include thousands of everyday objects, tools, costumes, furniture, children’s toys and many other interesting things. Here too you can see traditional puppet shows which is a special aspect f the museum with regular performances for children. Finally, be sure to visit the Grand Curtius Museum which houses archaeological treasures and art inside a beautiful 17th century mansion.

Beautiful views of the city can be seen along the riverside of the Meuse river or climb the 406 steps of the Montagne de Bueren and take in the panoramic view of the city from there. For a little bit of culture visit the Opera Royale de Wallonie-Liege which is one of only three major Belgian opera houses. It is located close to the Centre of Luttich in a beautifully renovated stunning classical building.  A magical experience in a beautiful environment. Whilst in Liege go to the little, once mining village of Blegny where you can visit an old coal mine, learn about the history of coal mining in the region and go down, with a former coal miner as your guide, into an old underground pit .