Situated in Belgium's Ardennes region and spread around the majestic Meuse River, Liege boasts a number of charming attractions including a historic quarter that offers a glimpse into the city’s ancient past.
Today, Liege is a rapidly changing city which continues to modernise and adapt to 21st century needs. The Old Town offers traffic-free alleys and shopping streets with picturesque terraces, while a major hub of activity is St. Lambert square where many of the city’s most modern buildings can be found.
Liege’s waterside setting lends a relaxed atmosphere to the city, with walks along the banks of the river transporting visitors to a tranquil world, a million miles from the urban chaos you can expect elsewhere.
The closest international airport to Liege is Liege-Bierset Airport, which is around 45 minutes by road. However, since the airport offers limited connections to Europe, you may want to consider using Belgium's comprehensive and modern rail network to reach Liege instead.
There are three train stations in Liege and the city is in the centre of the strategic London-Paris-Berlin triangle that provides high-speed train services to France and Germany up to 10 times a day, as well as daily connections with London via the Eurostar from Brussels.
Liege’s climate remains relatively mild and inviting all year round, with no real extremes in weather conditions. The only downside is that rain is a regular occurrence, and much like in the rest of northern Europe, can arrive at any time.
From June to September, daytime temperatures stay close to 20C, while the evenings feel relatively mild at around 12C. Liege's appealing summer climate can often run well into September, although by October temperatures rarely rise to more than 15C.
Winter in Liege can feel colder than temperatures suggest, due to early morning dampness, breezes and rainy spells, and visitors during this period should pack accordingly.
Also worth an afternoon amble is the Outremeuse district, which boasts some superb attractions including riverside pathways and the Town Hall, the latter of which is one Liege’s most treasured buildings, with classical architecture dating back to the early part of the 18th century.
Other tourist attractions in Liege include the Palace of the Prince Bishops, the Saint Paul Cathedral and the Mountain of Bueren staircase, where stunning views await at the top, if you can summon the energy to climb the 373 steps.
Another well-visited museum, which is located a quick walk from the bottom of the Montagne de Bueren and along the Cour des Mineursm in the north of the city centre, is the Wallonian Life Museum, showcasing the unique culture of the Wallonia region.
The city of Antwerp also has plenty to offer and is located 133km to the north-west of Liege.