Coteaux de la Citadelle

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Joseph Lorquet
Liege, Belgium6 contributions
Oct 2019
My daughters are living in the vicinity of " les coteaux de la citadelle " Pesonnaly I visited it several times. From the height of " les coteaux de la citadelle" you have a marvellous view of the city of Liège. You can also visit and / or go up on the 378 steps of a famoes battle named " les 600 Franchimontois " with at the end all died.Have a nice trip.
Written February 14, 2020
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Glasgow, UK153,681 contributions
Sep 2019
This hilly area of the Citadel of Liege is hard work to get to, but you'll be rewarded with excellent views of the city below. The views from the top of Montagne de Bueren
are excellent, but if you go further along to Belvédère Liège, the views are even clearer and better.

There isn't much to see of the citadel and it's mostly ruins. You can still walk around and see a lot of what remains as much of it is still standing. The area has paved walking paths and is a pleasant area for a stroll.
Written September 11, 2019
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Sokoloff M
Liege, Belgium70 contributions
May 2016 • Family
I would like to emphasize specially this sight as a quiet place situated in the center of Liège. It's absolutely peaceful and easy to access, but not for disabled as there are many stairs, either at the beginning or at the end. Along the way, you discover in the middle of some lawns and flowerbeds, the Old Prince-Bishop palace, the river with its meanders, the main old churches of the town and the historical area of Montagne de Buren, which was built in the XVIII century. There along the stairs you're going to discover houses with magnificent gardens and houses redone lately as this area was invaded this last three decades by people,intellectuals and artists mainly, who wanted to live near the city centre and in a peaceful environment. Of course, no car and even no bicycles there... A challenge for the ones who went to the supermarket! I hope you a pleasant stay there! And don't forget to have some food nearby at "La place du marché" where the Perron, symbol of the independence of the town, dated back from more than 1200 years!
Written June 27, 2016
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Liege, Belgium173 contributions
Jul 2013 • Solo
No doubt, this is the nicest walk in town.

Surprise in rue Hors-Château: you believe you have to climb the 400 stairs of the "montagne de Burenne" but no: on your left hand side, you reach a lovely house "à colombages", next to a beautiful "potale" (virgin with child), higher, again on your left hand side, you get through a tiny wood to the gardens from where you can contemplate the whole of the historical city, with her many churches and monuments. You can get down to rue du Palais, behind place Saint-Lambert, or further to rue Pierreuse.

Less well known is the other side of the hill. At the end of rue Hors-Château, going to Place Saint-Léonard, you will find other gardens and a sinuous walk up through the trees until the meadow on the top of the hill, a wonderful place for a summer picnic. You might even meet some sheep. In autumn, you can gather chesnuts.
Written July 30, 2013
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Belgium18 contributions
Apr 2014 • Friends
When you are in Liege, the "Coteaux de la Citadelle" is a must. It's really beautiful, calm and you have the feeling of going back in the past. Don't forget you camera since you'll have tons of possibilities to take nice pictures. And when the visit is over and you go down the hill back to the centre, don't miss the place du marché when you have several typical café where you can drink excellent Belgian beers.
Written February 23, 2015
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Filip T
Brussels, Belgium162 contributions
Jun 2014 • Family
beautiful view, an historic view over the city. Unfortunately, the city doesn't seem too much aware of it, since the junk, bad roads, worn monument signs dominate the place.. This place could be 5 star for Liège if only local policy makers would put some more attention to the cleanliness of the area, streets and surroundings!!
Written June 9, 2014
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Liege, Belgium117 contributions
Sep 2011 • Couples
Certainly the best scenic place of Liège. 5 minutes away from the crowded city center, you enter a peacefull park on the hill of the citadelle, with many different gardens surounded by old stones from the middle age. This place is also a central point for many very interesting footpath to visit the old side of the city.
You can find a detailed map here :
Written March 9, 2012
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Christine P
Liege, Belgium91 contributions
Apr 2017 • Friends
Stairs and paths (more than meet the eyes) leading away to pastoral spots right from the city centre. Don't miss the one that start just next to the small church of St Roch in rue Volière, then behind the Volière hospital and a farmstead (ferme de l'Arbre) up to the regional hospital. A short walk but that makes you feel suddenly far from the madding crowd. The more classical route up the Péry stairs (escaliers du Péry or through cours des Minimes when it's open) then down through the woods to place des déportés also offers great views and refreshing greenery.
Written September 6, 2017
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Fairfax, VA2,747 contributions
Sep 2016 • Friends
The Citadel in Liege refers to the remnants of the Liege fortification that formed the origins of this Belgium city. Much of the original stone framework has been destroyed; some has been incorporated into the modern city; another key section apparently was destroyed to allow the construction of a very large hospital toward the top of the highest hill. According to the blurb we read before heading off, the slopes are home to more than 60 historic monuments and five listed sites—but the spots are not particularly well-marked so identifying them is difficult. However, for those who need some fresh air and exercise, this place certainly fits the bill, especially since Liege is not known as a top-rated tourist destination and places to see and things to do can be somewhat limited.

So on one particularly fine, late September morning, armed with our trusty hotel city map, we decided to walk from the city center to the Citadel. We found absolutely no signs directing us to the place and were soon meandering around inside a quaint neighborhood featuring a narrow cobblestone road and no sidewalks—apparently some of the walls of the original fortress make up the backdrop. We didn’t pass anyone to ask for directions so we just kept heading upwards, assuming that eventually we would get the highest point of land and at least see the remnants in the vicinity. About 15 minutes in we found ourselves at the bottom of a steep set of steps without any markings. We climbed up and found ourselves at the Citadel park.

At the top is a large stone obelisk overlooking the town. We think the memorial was built to honor those who had been executed during World Wars I and II, but there is nothing explicit to verify. The memorial is simple and effective, the views of the city and river below pleasing. Behind the monument the space opened into a hiking area and so off we went to explore the entire space. Again we found no meaningful signs or directions and we passed only one jogger so we meandered until we reached the top, which is home to a very large, very populated, and very popular hospital.

We found no signs to indicate how to continue on to the other side of the park or, indeed, how to get back onto the Citadel’s hiking paths so we circumnavigated the hospital until we found an opening and trusted it to be the right path—at least it was going down. We also found—at last—an area map which indicated that there were two trails (purple and red) available but no indication which one we were on. We decided to just keep heading down and eventually noticed that every now and then a splotch of red paint would show up on a tree trunk or stone; eventually we were overtaken with school kids climbing of the path on well-worn shortcuts; toward the end was a teacher walking up the trail in high heels. We came out of the Citadel on school grounds (again, no signs) and made toward the general direction of where we thought the river might be—this was pretty much guesswork since it was difficult to find a reference point on the map. We might have given up and hailed a taxi but….this isn’t a tourist town so free-roaming taxis are not easy to spot. After a few missteps, we sighted the river, followed it for a way and then, and only then, saw a sign pointing to the city center.

We enjoy walking, especially in a nature zone, so except for a few moments of panic when we believed ourselves to be completely lost and heading out of country, we had a good time. A few signs would have been greatly appreciated. If you are not used to walking, ascending via the steps as we did might be a problem but there were no other folks around so definitely no need to rush. The downward trail had some steep spots to be aware of. In all, we spent around three hours (city center to city center). The only overview that we found was at the monument itself, where you can see most of the city and the river. We did not find any other identifiable points of interest (but then, we don’t think we did the entire loop so if we ever go back, we’ll try to do a better job of navigating to find all the gems others seemed to have found). Other than that, it is a pleasant walk.
Written October 13, 2016
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Mumbai, India43 contributions
Feb 2015 • Couples
Climb 365 steps up a medieval stair case to earn the right to a panoramic view of the city of Liege.
The winding streets leading to the Montagne de Bueren (stairs) are a reminder of the Middle Ages, replete with garbage, beggars and ill maintained buildings.
The entrance to the steps is up a non descript alley which is not easy to find. It might be a good idea to take directions from the tourist office which barely half a km away . The expedition is not recommended on rainy and snowy days , since the trimming on the steps is black slate and can be quite slippery when wet .
Written February 1, 2015
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