Walk & Lunch: Liège, Liège ProvinceDive into history in the tiny alleyways and cul-de-sacs of Liège. Finish with an optional monumental climb.
Credit: Gary Hills
This walk can be leisurely and downright lazy, or full-on aerobic, depending on the choice you make at the end. You’ll basically be walking up and down the atmospheric impasses (dead-end alleys) that line the north side of Rue Hors-Château. They are full of tiny houses, inner-city courtyards and the odd shrine or cat. Some have vaulted tunnels to walk through, known locally as arvô. It’s a simple walk where you turn right along the street as you exit each impasse. Start by visiting the glorious Church of St Bartholomew, then cross Hors-Château to 17 Rue Delfosse. Here you’ll find the first impasse, de la Chaîne; blink and you’ll miss it. On leaving, turn right until you come to the arched entrance of Impasse de la Vignette. The next is Hubart, the least interesting as it is open to cars. Onward to de L’Ange with its significant arvô. At the top end you can walk through the pretty courtyard to the next impasse, de la Couronne. The last impasse you’ll come to is Venta with its teeny-weeny entrance. The next turning on the right leads you to Montagne de Bueren, most definitely not an impasse. Stand and stare or start the climb, it’s your call. Finally, make your way to Place au Marché where you can stop for lunch on one of the terraces of the dozen or so cafés. Or try family-run favourite Chez Nathalie just around the corner for some noble cooking from the heart.
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