Liège, also known as the "cité ardente", is a vibrant city that is sure to enamour anyone who visits. Cité ardente loosely translates to the fiery city, and let me tell you, Liège has definitely earned its nickname.
Before the pandemic hit, locals were constantly going on about the parties they had to go to, the new bar they wanted to try, or the show they were going to that night. Here are some things to do in Liège to get a feel for this lively city yourself.
One of the easiest ways to get to Liège is to travel by train. In a majority of cases, you will arrive in the beautiful Guillemins railway station. Once you get there, you're probably going to be eager to discover the city but don't head out just yet. Instead, take the time to marvel at Calatrava's architectural wonder that is the Guillemins station. This modern piece of art is the city's pride and joy. It often reminds people of Valencia's Institute of modern art, which is normal considering the latter was designed by the same man.
Not only is the building a great backdrop for Instagram enthusiasts but it also hosts riveting expositions. People come from far simply to visit the Guillemins' temporary expos. The subject matter range is both wide and fascinating. We've had the opportunity to learn more about the genius of Salvador Dali, Tutankhamen's secret life and even Emperor Qinshihuang's extraordinary Terracotta Army.
The Liégeois are very avenant people who take having a good time very seriously. In fact I'd say that partying is in their DNA! Don't be surprised if locals try to drag you to the "Carré", the square, for a drink or two. The Carré is an area in Liège exclusively made up of trendy bars that gets its name from its layout.
Indeed, an aerial view of the area reveals a square-shaped set of streets. Students from the neighbouring university and schools all flock to this part of town to indulge in some cheap drinks and to dance the night away. If you're lucky enough to stay the night, you should participate in the festivities, see what the hype is all about. You will not be disappointed, I promise.
If partying isn't your scene and if you're blessed enough to be in Liege on a beautiful, sunny day, treat yourself to a picnic in one of the city's parks. Order some food to go at one of Liege's best restaurants and kill two birds with one stone by mingling with locals while also enjoying your meal by the water. Just so you know the best parks in town are the Boverie park and the Botanique park.
Contrary to what the name suggests, the Bueren Mountain isn't a mountain. It is actually a set of 375 steps that give way to a unique view of the city. This is where you want to go if you wish to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy some fresh air. It is not rare to bump into fitness junkies jumping up and down the flight of stairs who could easily turn into your new friends.