Montagne de Bueren
Montagne de Bueren
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  • Adrian F
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia116 contributions
    Must-see in Liège
    One of the must-sees for any visit to Liege, simply because of its uniqueness of 370+ steps in the middle of the city! Plus, you get a good workout while visiting it too (reasonable level of fitness is required, but nothing too strenuous or dangerous). At any rate, the stairs are fairly broad and not very steep, so you can always take a break in between. At the top, you get a view of the city, which gets better if you climb up a bit further to a war monument which gives you a broader view of the city and river. Here, you'll also find the remains of a citadel with a hospital on top. Nothing too fancy so give yourself a maximum of 10 mins here. A note about the nearby Coteaux de la Citadelle: it is basically a network of paths you can take that criss-crosses the hillsides among houses next to the stairs. I would recommend first ascending the Montagne de Bueren steps just for the thrill, then descend via one of these paths. I would particularly recommend the path called 'Terrasses des Minimes', which takes you across some gardens and ruins with some amazing uninterrupted views of the city along the way.
    Written January 4, 2020
  • schrijver_e
    99 contributions
    Unexpected beatiful.
    Take the public bus from city-centre to the hospital on the citadel.From there it is a 2 minute walk to the War-monument ,underneath the steps are located.From the monument you have a great view over the city of Liège.Walk down the steps and enjoy on the corner of the rue le Poule a drink.Continue with a boatride on the river Meuse.
    Written October 25, 2020
  • Beatriz M
    Düsseldorf, Germany5,289 contributions
    Must see in Liege
    For sure a must see in Liege, it is strange to classify stairs as a touristic attraction but this is the best you are getting in Liege. It is worth it going upstairs, it is not that exhausting if you take some breaks to take pictures. There were many people doing fitness there as I was there so it was quite funny and interesting. Some tourists but not many. Liege is not a touristic city.
    Written July 9, 2020
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK165,935 contributions
Sep 2019
The Montagne de Bueren is without question one of the most extreme and challenging set of steps up a hill I’ve ever climb. 374 steps and took me 3 mins 50. Really I just did it for fun.

The views are awesome when you get to the top!
Written September 9, 2019
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Douglas M
Lytham St Anne's, UK190 contributions
Jul 2019 • Solo
The stairs leads to some excellent views over the city. It was a tiring climb to the top but worth the effort.
There used to be a cafe at the top of the climb but this appears to have closed.
It was also worth heading up to the citadel area as the views were even better up there.
The climb down was easier and there is a convenient handrail all the way down.
Written July 21, 2019
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JonNewcastle
Washington, UK169 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
Obviously this is a flight of steps from the city centre to a citadel area. Go to the top and then, rather than walking back down the steps, go downhill along the narrow streets in what is a very Bohemian little enclave uphill.
PS no-one has a stopwatch on you so the steps can be conquered!!
Written December 8, 2018
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Aννα Ξ
Greater London, UK73 contributions
Sep 2018 • Friends
Many stairs to walk but you can have as many stops as you like so you do it. Take fotos before you start walking the stairs and also when you are on the top. There is a monument 100m after the stairs where you can sit and take more fotos of Liege and river
Written September 9, 2018
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Fairfax, VA2,747 contributions
Jun 2017 • Friends
Montagne de Bueren is a steep staircase of 374 steps leading (roughly) from the flats of the river basin to the highest point in Liège. If you care at all about the history of the steps, they were built in 1875 and named after Vincent de Buren who led an uprising against the Duke of Burgundy around 1500. He lost, and so did about 600 men who died in the battle.

We found the steps were somewhat difficult to locate on foot even though it is only about a 15 minute walk from the Liège Opera House. Best bet it just to follow Rue Hors-Chateau and keep looking toward the high ground.

The steps are steep—the angle is 30%--but it is terraced with places to sit if you get tired. Depending on the time of the year, be sure to pack some water with you because it is likely you will get very thirsty before you reach the top.

A couple of things: (1) some folks use these steps for exercise so you may well find folks running past you as they race to the top; (2) although this isn’t a particularly scenic climb (you can always look behind you to the Meuse River for some inspiration) there are a few alcoves where you can spy some very nicely curated gardens; (3) there are few (none?) facilities along the path so come prepared; and (4) there is no direct path for the physically challenged. You can head to the top of the steps via an alternative means (bus or car) but these stairs are not for people with physical limitations.

At the top, of course, there are benches where you can pause and look back over the city and the river but be aware that some folks just take up semi-permanent residence on them and refuse to budge.

Some people find the view from the top intoxicating; I’m afraid we did not. Liège in itself isn’t a particularly scenic city and this part of it even less so. As a result what you get is a vista of a normal city from a higher vantage point. But it is abstractly interesting, the steps are fun way to spend an hour, you get a huge sense of accomplishment when you climb that last step and really, there isn’t a lot else to do in Liège for a tourist so go for it.

But once you get to the top, be sure to head toward Parc de la Citadelle and the war memorial within it. For reasons known best to the citizens of Liège, the Parc was chosen to host the city hospital and outbuildings. While functional, the busy building with all the traffic and pedestrians certainly disrupts both the monument to the dead and the green space.
Written September 21, 2017
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Peter V
Brussels, Belgium63 contributions
May 2015 • Friends
Tip: go uphill via the Rue Pierreuse or better the foot path east of that street, and come down via these famous stairs.
Of course last time we did this walk the sun was shining and this contributed to the positiveness. But even in winter this is a charming place for a walk.
Written May 16, 2015
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YacchanAmarone
Bangkok, Thailand29,530 contributions
Aug 2014 • Couples
I came to the bottom of the steps to the Bueren Mountain and looked up the steps extending to the top of the mountain. I could not see the end of the steps, then even my little motivation to climb up the steps had gone away. While most of the people were taking pictures around the bottom of the steps or coming down from the top of steps, one sports man with football wear was running up the steps to the end, which was very impressing. This big step could have been a good exercise facility for the football players in Standard Liège F.C.
Written August 10, 2014
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ghazal
Ratingen, Germany442 contributions
Sep 2021 • Solo
Here is the best part of Liege. Many steps to go up and see the view of Liege. I like this place and the location near it is also good.
Written September 19, 2021
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NoeB1
Antwerp, Belgium1,168 contributions
Apr 2021
When you want to have a wonderful view you have to climb those steep stairs. You find them in the old city center in the most charming part of Luik.
Written April 14, 2021
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peter v
Rumbeke, Belgium368 contributions
Aug 2020
nice experience to climb or come down from the steps, on the way up or down, you find a nice bar ( Brasserie C )
Written August 11, 2020
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