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“Breathtakingly beautiful !” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Breakneck Steps (L'Escalier Casse-Cou)

Breakneck Steps (L'Escalier Casse-Cou)
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada (Downtown Quebec City)
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Ranked #33 of 220 things to do in Quebec City
Activities: Walking, Dining
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Owner description: This steep stairway connects Lower Town with the Terrasse Dufferin.
Christchurch, New Zealand
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“Breathtakingly beautiful !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

Wow what can i say, beautiful little lanes with there quaint little shops. I bought the most beautiful gifts in this lane and the food was to die for ! I will definitely be back again ! This was one of the high lights of our Quebec stay ! The lights were magnificent ! Like a children's storybook !

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falmouth, maine
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“hard time imagine this is a separate "thing to do...."”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

but it is beautiful and the steps give you the apprehension about the beautiful streets at their bottom.

Visited January 2014
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Wakefield, Massachusetts
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“A simply amazing view”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

Although I read reviews of these famous stairs on TripAdvisor, and intended to seek them out, we stumbled upon them our first night in Old Quebec. The view from Upper Town to Rue de Petite Champlain in Lower Town quite simply takes your breath away! We had the benefit of a light snow coming down so the view was additionally charming. You cannot help but think you are in Europe. Highly recommend you take in this amazing view when you visit this beautiful city.

Visited December 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“Really cool view”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

The gf and I went on a getaway for the week. This was one of the spots that is greatly publicized and indeed we checked it out. The view indeed down this historic street is pretty amazing. Especially with the added affect of the recent snow down pour while we were there mad this an amazing view and great photo op

Visited December 2013
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Westfield, New Jersey
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“201 steps from upper to lower town”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

From the promenade of the upper town, My wife and I walked to the lower town and back up again four times during our three-day stay. Being that we visited during August and being that we are both 65 years old (although both in good shape), we found it quite tiresome walking up the stairs.

After our third trip down and back, we decided to count the total number of steps from top to bottom. From the promenade at the top, by the statue of Samuel-De Champlain, we walked down the first set of stairs to the very steep street below, which contained some quaint little shops. After walking down the street, we walked down the second set of stairs to a nice area which contained many restaurants and shops. From there, we walked down the last set of steps (only about 6 or 7) to the street below which is at the level of the river. The total count of the steps on all three levels was 201 steps.

Rather than walking to and from each part of town, you also have the option to take the funicular, which was very reasonably priced at $2.50 per person.

Visited August 2013
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