Monday, 30 January 2017

A very tiring but beautiful tourist attraction

Montagne de Bueren, in Liège, Belgium, is a 374-step staircase that connects the city center to an old citadel. With a slope of almost 30 degrees, these stairs are not a real mountain, but you might find that this long, steep climb is almost as challenging as ascending to a summit. 
The staircase was constructed in the late 19th century to allow soldiers to access the city center from the citadel. It was named for Vincent de Bueren, who defended Liège against an attack by the Duke of Burgundy in the 15th century. It honors the 600 soldiers who lost their lives in this battle.

One of the best times of year to visit Montagne de Bueren is during Bueren de Fleurs in June, when the steps are covered with colorful flowers. Another time when the stairs look spectacular is on the first Saturday in October during the Nocturne des Coteaux de la Citadelle. For this event, more than 3,000 candles are placed along the steps to create a mesmerizing evening illumination.