Liège (French: Liège, before 1946: Liége ; German : Lüttich ;
Walloon : Lîdj ) is the capital of the province of Liège in Belgium.
The city is located on the Maas, about 30 km upstream from
Maastricht. The city's nickname is La Cité Ardente (The Fiery City).
This name is first mentioned in Henri Carton de Wiart 's historical
novel of the same name from 1904.
The municipality of Liège has 197,327 inhabitants (1 January 2019), making it the fourth largest municipality in Belgium by population. About 30,000 inhabitants have a foreign nationality. The entire urban area of Liège (with suburbs such as Seraing , Saint-Nicolas , Ans , Herstal and Flémalle ) has about 600,000 inhabitants.
With around 700,000 inhabitants, the Liège agglomeration is,
after those of Brussels and Antwerp, the third most populous Belgian
agglomeration and the first in Wallonia. In terms of population
density, it ranks second nationally after Brussels. The city, in
itself, is, with approximately 200,000 inhabitants, the fourth
municipality of the kingdom after those of Antwerp, Ghent and
Charleroi but occupies only the seventh place in terms of population
density. It is also, after Rotterdam, the most important locality
and agglomeration of the whole Mosan valley.
Despite, and perhaps also thanks to, its rich industrial past (coal mining and industry, mainly metallurgical and mechanical) and, quite simply, its history which began in the Mesolithic, the city is the first tourist city of Wallonia because it conceals of innumerable riches to discover which will not fail to amaze you. The steep and wooded hills which surround it as well as its marked relief, multiply the unique original perspectives which constitute a spectacle in its own right, for a big city, in Belgium. The many distinctive neighborhoods give it an astonishing charm. The numerous monuments whose jewels date from the medieval period, the city's first peak, give it a certain historical attraction while the Meuse, which crosses it from south to north, gives it a magical air, magnificently highlighted by amenities, which only Antwerp in Belgium does not have to envy.
A very present folklore, not to say bubbling, maintained by a welcoming, jovial population always ready to feast, lively districts ("Le Carré", the surroundings of the place Saint-Lambert, Outremeuse) as well as a large number restaurants and a very present local gastronomy make it an essential stopover for any visit to Belgium.