Liege is the main city in the district of Liege. It is Belgium’s 3rd largest city, after Brussels and Antwerp. It is the leading centre in Wallonia, and has a manufacturing background where today it is rapidly updated with numerous bold architectural tasks and additionally also global events.
It is close to the German and Dutch border, and is only 30 minutes from the border cities: Aachen (Germany) and Maastricht (The Netherlands).
The population of Liege is about 200,000; but the district has around 750,000 inhabitants. The city is the capital of Liege district and a big prominent town in Wallonia. The language spoken is French. The knowledge of English varies but is mainly spoken among the younger individuals. The town also has an Italian community which accounts for 5% of the population.
The central area of Liege presents itself as an interesting mix with the historic town centre (dotted having a few very buildings from the 1960s and also 70s), and an elegant new town with wide boulevards, high apartment buildings (some Design Deco) along with attractive parks.
The outskirts of Liege comprises of 2 really unique areas: large manufacturing complexes sprawling with the river’s bank within the north and along the south area (with the cities of Seraing and Herstal) and working-class areas in the east, the west with green neighbourhoods for wealthier individuals.
Liege is the start of the Ardennes, which makes the landscape of the south very different in comparison to the rest of the town, with high hills and forests.
From tourists point Liege isn’t the typical breathtaking region around. Its main spirit can be found inside the character of the city. Liege is famous for having very friendly inhabitants. It is a major academic centre in Belgium (for more than 44,000 students); the city is rather small and is known because of its significant nightlife (even in day). Le Carré in English “the Square” has many lively clubs that are reputed to stay open till the final client leaves (typically around 6 am). An additional active area is the Place du Marché. The city is also packed with good restaurants (a huge amount of Italian restaurants). Food in Belgium is considered important and also quality is very high. A large number of stores are shut on Sunday; however the “Batte” market, perhaps the greatest market in Europe (over 2km along the Meuse River) opens from dawn to 2-3pm every Sunday all year round!
A dynamic business centre with modern pedestrian shopping streets, Liege attracts many of its Dutch, French and German neighbours.
Situated at the crossroads of an important motorway network linking Paris, Amsterdam and Cologne, and the third largest river port of Europe, Liege is focused on as being a European city of importance.
What’s more, Liege is a City of Art, having seen the birth of Georges Simenon one of the most respected authors of the 20th century, Zenobe Gramme, the inventor of the dynamo and the reputed composers and musicians A Gretry, Cesar Frank and Eugene Ysaye.
Liege although is also “Outremeuse” (meaning beyond the River Meuse). There is an element of the city on the Right Bank of the river which represents a Liege of rebellious, anti-authority spirit. Its passion for custom and its attachment to the Liege dialect gives it a unique atmosphere that culminates each year during the celebrations of August 15th.
Liege is also an eco-friendly city proud of its many parks and public gardens.