Places to visit around Liège
Sports, architecture, museums, food, relaxation, family outings and more... There's something for everyone around Liège!
Sport has a long history in Liège. For example, the Ardent City hosts both the start and finish of the international cycle race "Liège-Bastogne-Liège".
Huy, around 40 kilometres from Liège, is well-known to cycling lovers for its "mur de Huy", an incredibly steep hill. In Francorchamps, the biggest adrenaline rushes can be found during the Belgian Formula 1 Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps, one of the most eagerly anticipated sporting events of the year.
Another activity not to be missed is Crystal Discovery at the Val Saint Lambert Castle, which introduces visitors to the most important crystal glassworks in the world and the only one open to the public in Europe. You can enter the workshops, located on the site of a former Cistercian abbey. Inside the museum, a multimedia gallery will show you the history of crystal, starting from the Babylonian period. And last but not least, in the demonstration workshop you can watch glassblowing, glass cutting and engraving.
There is also the Château de Jehay. This 16th-century building, surrounded by a moat and superb gardens, is a perfect example of Renaissance architecture in the Meuse valley. Its characteristic chequered façade, made from white and grey stone make it a unique monument in Europe. The interior is magnificently decorated, with a rich collection of goldsmithing, silverware, tapestries, paintings and statues. The castle of Jehay also has a whole programme of temporary exhibitions.
Nearby is the Château de Modave. Built on a rocky outcrop, it towers above the Hoyoux valley. The building dates back to the 13th century, but its current appearance is the work of the Comte de Marchin. An audioguide available in five languages allows visitors to unlock the secrets of this unique place, classified in 1993 as a Major Cultural Heritage of Wallonia.
The gardens and the lavishly decorated interior are sublime. The most impressive sight is without doubt the wheel which carries water from the river up to the castle which was built by a craftsman from the region. The idea was revolutionary at the time, and was later used in the Château de Versailles to draw water from the Seine.
If you're looking for a spa day or weekend, come and enjoy the spa waters of Chaudfontaine. In its magnificent setting, the Château des Thermes, with its 34°C spring water, is the perfect place.
A visit to Blegny-Mine, around ten kilometres north-east of Liège, is a must. It's one of the major mining sites in Wallonia and features on the UNESCO World Heritage List. There, you can visit a 530-metre-deep underground gallery, its Mining Museum, its slagheap biotope, or enjoy a ride on Blegny's mini tourist train. What a great idea for a family trip, the kids will love it!
Also to the north-east of Liège is the wooded Pays de Herve region, with its 17th and 18th-century houses and its Six Fountains, a famous public washhouse built in 1773. Herve undoubtedly owes its fame to the extraordinary Herve cheese, known the world over. It was the first Belgian cheese to benefit from the controlled designation of origin certification.