The city of Liège has without doubt the most southerly temperament in Wallonia. The Liègeois are welcoming, warm, and like to party through the night. Is it not said that Liège is a city of passion?
Liège, the passionate city, is naturally welcoming, full of joie de vivre and a party atmosphere. It delights lovers of good food with its celebrated Liège waffles with flavours of cinnamon, caramel and vanilla, or its meatballs with Liègeoise rabbit sauce accompanied by home-made fries, beautifully served at the Maison du Pèkèt.
Pèkèt, originally a white alcohol made of juniper, is available today in a variety of flavours. Whatever its taste or colour, it is inevitably part of the festivities on 15th August, which are held in the ‘Free Republic of Outremeuse’.
Since 2004, Pèkèt has been joined by another spirit that adds to the city’s international reputation by appealing to whisky enthusiasts: ‘Belgian Owl’.
Liège never ceases to modernise and evolve. Guillemins train station, designed by the Spanish architect Calatrava, stands out with its dramatic, aerial structure, as Liège, more than ever, opens its doors to tourists who come out of curiosity and return for the warm welcome and personality of a place that is sometimes called ‘City of a Hundred Steeples’.
Liège also combines tradition and charm of the past, which are found in the Place du Marché, at the foot of the steps, a symbol of the freedom of the city. Dead ends, alleys and old buildings criss-cross the main streets and neighbourhoods. Incredible religious buildings are part of the scene, such as the fabulous Cathedral of Saint-Paul of Liège, the Collegiate Church of Saint-Denis, the baptismal fonts of the Collegiate Church of Saint-Bartholomew, the Palace of the Princes-Bishops which overlooks the place Saint-Lambert, the popular district of rue Pierreuse, the Bueren staircases and the verdant hillsides.
In the fiery city, all is passion and enthusiasm.