This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Liège. To help you make friends with Liège before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Liège, the City of a Hundred Spires, has a very important religious heritage, including buildings whose foundations were put at the beginning of the eighth century until the early eleventh century. From the tenth to the eighteenth centuries, Liège was the capital of the Principality of Liège. The city has had very dynamic history and it was part of the Roman Empire, was under the rule of Merovingian and Carolingian, it was independent for more than eight centuries and then became part of France and later Holland before it eventually went to Belgium. Liège currently has about two hundred thousand inhabitants.
The Perron, probably the oldest Liège monument (dating to the eleventh century), is located on the top of a fountain on the market square. The Notre-Dame-et-Saint-Lambert Cathedral is a huge Gothic cathedral that was destroyed in the late eighteenth century, but it was reconstructed in the twentieth century. The Treasure of the Cathedral of Saint Paul de Liège in eight thematic showrooms makes a journey through the art and the history of the former Principality of Liège. Built in front of the Notre-Dame-et-Saint-Lambert Cathedral, the Palace of the Prince Bishops is a former palace with fortifications, built in the eleventh century. Ever since, the palace was destroyed a few times, and now it contains buildings from different centuries. The Collegiate Churches, dedicated to different saints, are also interesting stops on the sightseeing tour in Liège.
Liège hostels are very scarce and none really has a good location as they are not very close to the center and you need to use public transportation. The hostels in Liège are quite expensive and since you do not have cheaper alternatives, the pricey Liège hostels are your only option. However, Liège hostels generally have very good facilities and are open all year long.
Written by local enthusiast for Liège hostelsGeorge Traveller