Around the Hotel

Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, for the first time or the twelve, Liege never fails to excite visitors with its heart-pounding mix of museums, theaters, restaurants, shopping and must-see attractions.

That’s why it has the name “The City That Never Sleeps,”

Situated in Outremeuse, a historical district of Liege, this hotel is only 5 minutes away by foot from Saint-Lambert Place, the historical heart of the city. Aquarium Museum, Tchantches Museum and Gretry Museum are in 300m. 2 famous shopping malls are in walking distance from the hotel: Médiacité and Les Galeries Saint -Lambert. For reach the famous La Batte open-air market on the quays every Sunday morning you just have to cross the bridge near the hotel.

 

 Main sights

The vast palace of the Prince-Bishops of Liège is built on the Place St Lambert, where the old St. Lambert's Cathedral used to stand before the French Revolution. The oldest rooms date from the 16th century. An archeological display, the Archeoforum, can be visited under the Place St Lambert.

The perron on the nearby Place du Marché was once the symbol of justice in the Prince-Bishopric and is now the symbol of the city. It stands in front of the 17th century city hall.

The present Liège Cathedral, dedicated to Saint Paul, contains a treasury and Saint Lambert’s tomb. It is one of the original seven collegiate churches, which include the German-Romanesque St Bartholomew's Church (Saint Barthélémy) and the church of St Martin.

The church of Saint-James (Saint-Jacques) is probably the most beautiful medieval church in Liège. It is built in the so-called Flamboyant-Gothic style, while the porch is early Renaissance. The statues are by Liège sculptor Jean Del Cour. Saint-Jacques also contains 29 spectacular 14th century misericords.

The main museums in Liège are: MAMAC (Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art), Museum of Walloon Life, and Museum of Walloon Art & Religious Art (Mosan art). The Grand Curtius Museum is an elegantly furnished mansion from the 17th century along the Meuse River, housing collections of Egyptology, weaponry, archaeology, fine arts, religious art and Mosan art.

Other sites of interest include the historical city centre (the Carré), the Hors-Château area, the Outremeuse area, the parks and boulevards along the River Meuse, the Citadel, the 374 steps stairway "Montagne de Bueren", leading from Hors-Château to the Citadel, 'Médiacité' shopping mall designed by Ron Arad Architects and the Liège-Guillemins railway station designed by Santiago Calatrava.

Liège's pedestrian zone is the biggest pedestrian zone of the Walloon Region and the Meuse-Rhine Euroregion; it is also the oldest in Belgium. The pedestrian zone progressively has grown since 1965 to contain the majority of the hypercentre of Liège. It continues to grow today with the addition of the Rue de la Casquette on the 12th of December 2014.

Liège hosts one of the oldest and biggest Christmas Markets in Belgium.

Culture

The city is well known for its very crowded folk festivals. The 15 August festival ("Le 15 août") is maybe the best known. The population gathers in a quarter named Outre-Meuse with plenty of tiny pedestrian streets and old yards. Many people come to see the procession but also to drink alcohol (mostly peket) and beer, eat cooked pears, boûkètes or sausages or simply enjoy the atmosphere until the early hours. The Saint Nicholas festival around the 6 December is organized by and for the students of the University; for a few days before the event, students (wearing very dirty lab-coats) beg for money, mostly for drinking.

Liège is renowned for its significant nightlife. Within the pedestrian zone behind the Opera House, there is a square city block known locally as Le Carré (the Square) with many lively pubs which are reputed to remain open until the last customer leaves (typically around 6 am). Another active area is the Place du Marché.

The "Batte" market is where most locals visit on Sundays. The outdoor market goes along the Meuse River and also attracts many visitors to Liège. The market typically runs from early morning to 2 o'clock in the afternoon every Sunday year long. Produce, clothing, and snack vendors are the main concentration of the market.

Liège is home to the Opéra Royal de Wallonie (English: Royal Opera of Wallonia) and the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège (OPRL) (English: Liège Royal Philharmonic Orchestra).

The city annually hosts a significant electro-rock festival Les Ardentes and jazz festival Jazz à Liège.

Liège has active alternative cinemas, Le Churchill, Le Parc and Le Sauvenière. There are also 2 mainstream cinemas, the Kinepolis multiplexes.

Liège also has a particular Walloon dialect, sometimes said to be one of Belgium's most distinctive. There is a large Italian community, and Italian can be heard in many places.

Sports

The city has a number of football teams, most notably Standard Liège, who have won several championships and which was previously owned by Roland Duchâtelet, and R.F.C. de Liège, one of the oldest football clubs in Belgium. It is also known for being the club who refused to release Jean-Marc Bosman, a case which led to the Bosman ruling.

In spring, Liège hosts the start and finish of the annual Liège–Bastogne–Liège cycling race, one of the spring classics and the oldest of the five monuments of cycling. The race starts in the centre of Liège, before heading south to Bastogne and returning north to finish in the industrial suburb of Ans. Traveling through the hilly Ardennes, it is one of the longest and most arduous races of the season.

Liège is the only city that has hosted stages of all three cycling Grand Tours. It staged the start of the 1973 and 2006 Giro d'Italia; as well as the Grand Départ of the 2004 and 2012 Tour de France, making it the first city outside France to host the Grand Départ twice. In 2009, the Vuelta a España visited Liège after four stages in the Netherlands, making Liège the first city that has hosted stages of all three cycling Grand Tours. It will also host the finish of stage 2 of the 2017 Tour de France.

Transport

Air - Liège is served by Liège Airport, located in Bierset, a few kilometres west of the city. It is the principal axis for the delivery of freight and in 2011 was the world's 33rd busiest cargo airport.

Maritime - The Port of Liège, located on the River Meuse, is the 3rd largest river port in Europe. Liège also has direct links to Antwerp and Rotterdam via its canals.

Rail - Liège is served by many direct rail links with the rest of Western Europe. Its three principal stations are Liège-Guillemins railway station, Liège-Jonfosse, and Liège-Palais. The InterCity Express and Thalys call at Liège-Guillemins, providing direct connections to Cologne and Frankfurt and Paris-Nord respectively.

Liège was once home to a network of trams. However, they were removed by 1967 in favour of the construction of a new metro system. A prototype of the metro was built and a tunnel was dug underneath the city, but the metro was never built. The construction of a new modern tramway has been ordered and is currently scheduled to be open by 2017.

Road - Liège sits at the crossroads of a number of highways including the European route E25, the European Route 411, the European Route E40 and the European Route E313.

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Aquarium - Museum

On the Aquarium’s premises, 46 pools play host to almost 2,500 fish from the oceans, seas, lake sand rivers of the whole world. In the museum’s rooms, 1,000 m² is devoted to marine animal diversity.

Treasury of Liège

In the buildings of the Saint Paul Cathedral cloisters, the Treasure House hosts an exhibition that takes visitors through the art and history of the former principality of Liège.

The Tchantchès Museum

Come and discover Tchantchès, who, after welcoming you to his house, will be only too delighted to help you experience the atmosphere in bygone days and the present in his cherished district of Outre-Meuse.

Archeoforum

The Archeoforum of Liège, located underneath Place Saint-Lambert, is a remarkable archaeological site covering 3,725 m². From Prehistory to modern times, each stage of Liège’s history is illustrated by archaeological remains, both moveable and immoveable. Visitors can discover the foundations of the former Saint Lambert Cathedral, the remains of an old Gallo-Roman villa and the ancient traces of Prehistoric occupations.

Ansembourg Museum

This private mansion, built in approximately 1740 for a banker, pays witness, through its architectural features and decorative arts that are typical of Liège, to the sophisticated lifestyle of this era. Art objects are on display, whilst furniture from Liège and the rest of Europe depict what the interiors of the time would have resembled. The Ansembourg Museum also proposes exhibitions throughout the year which promote one aspect or another of the collections from Liège's museums.

Museum of Prehistoric Archaeology

The prehistoric collections are split into three sections. The first illustrates the different stages of human activity since its origins through displays of a series of archaeological items typical of the major prehistoric periods. The second section, grouped into periods, displays archaeological material from digs conducted by the members of the Prehistory Department and foreign colleagues. The third section presents reconstitutions of prehistorical objects via experimental rooms. A series of casts illustrating the main stages of hominid’s physical evolution completes the archaeological collections.

Mulum - The Museum of Lighting

In Liège, the Museum of Lighting Art and Techniques possesses an educational and chronological exhibition of lighting appliances that have been used throughout the world from prehistory until the 21st century.

Grand Curtius

The Grand Curtius is located within an outstanding architectural complex made up of buildings dating from the 16th to 21st centuries that have been magnificently restored. Its collections give pride of place to the eventful history of Liège since its origins and are at the forefront of art history.

The Baptismal Fonts of Saint-Bartholomew

The 12th century Romanesque brass baptismal fonts are a veritable master-piece, in both aesthetical and technical terms. They are “one of the seven wonders of Belgium” and were housed in a small church adjacent to the former Saint Lambert Cathedral, called the church of Notre-Dame-au-Fonts.

Grétry Museum

The birthplace of André-Modeste Grétry (1741-1813) hosts a collection of personal artefacts and documents linked with the French master of comic-opera. Throughout the year, the Grétry Museum proposes guided tours, exhibitions or events…

Sart-Tilman Open Air Museum

This museum, thanks to its policy of conservation and investigation, has developed a collection that is representative of the history of open air contemporary sculpture in French-speaking Belgium over the last forty years.

MadMusée (differentiated Art - Créahm)

The MAD is the museum of Créahm - Créativité et handicap mental (creativity and mental handicap museum). Its mission is to conserve and promote works produced by mentally handicapped artists at its workshops.

Museum of Walloon Life

Located in the heart of Liège, the Museum of Walloon Life offers an original and comprehensive perspective on Wallonia, from the 19th century to the present day.

Botanical Garden Greenhouses

This listed complex of greenhouses was inaugurated in 1883 and partially renovated in 1997. They are the only existing collector greenhouses in Wallonia, in which thousands of plants from all over the world can be admired.

The Metallurgy and Industry Museum

At the Museum of Metallurgy and Industry in Liège, discover an astonishing mixture of water, fire and iron! The museum will unveil all the technical secrets of steel-working, energy and information technology.

House of Science - scientific museum

If you like science, if you want to introduce your children to it or if you want to illustrate your science lessons, then come to the House of Science scientific center. Experienced scientific guides, unique and interactive experiments, educational workshops, collections, the university’s scientific heritage and many, many more surprises await you!

Museum of Public Transport in Wallonia

At the heart of the Vennes-Fétinne district, the Public Transport Museum is a venue of transmitting knowledge, remembrance ad memories. The museum explores the history of urban transport from the 18th century to the present day. Approximately fifty vehicles are on display (horse-drawn carriages, trams, trolleybuses, buses, etc.) in a former tram depot that has been entirely renovated. The exhibition is supplemented with historical documents, sound effects, as well as interactive and audio-visual features. The museum does not solely look to the past, but also presents the stakes of mobility today as well as innovative projects in Belgium and the world concerning sustainable mobility. For groups, the public transport museum boasts a rich and varied programme of activities, from guided tours (adapted to each audience) to urban circuits, including introduction to science activities or combined visits with other museums.

For more details (working hours, addresses, etc..) please visit    https://www.liege.be/en/discover/culture/museums    

Belgian cuisine is widely varied with significant regional variations while also reflecting the cuisines of neighboring France, Germany and the Netherlands. It is sometimes said that Belgian food is served in the quantity of German cuisine but with the quality of French food. Outside the country, Belgium is best known for its chocolate, waffles, fries and beer.

Around the hotel you can find lots of restaurants with a big variety of food.