Despite having a disputable bad reputation, Liège has a few charming corners that are well worth discovering, most of them located not far from the city centre.
In my view Liège has a potential that has been totally missed out. There is an interesting ensemble of medieval and Renaissance buildings, but the proliferation of shops selling low-quality products, the existence of a poor urban planning policy, and finally an insufficient heritage protection have caused the city to be outside many travellers’ route.
The economic success of Liège once lied in the importance of its iron and steel industry. When the need for restructuring arrived, Liège did not manage to adapt, and found its way down from glory to decline.
Nowadays Liège is still fighting to revive its former glory, that of a prominent industrial city. It should, likewise, enhance its own image, protecting and thus pushing up the value of its heritage.