Further East on the river Meuse, the city of Liège, or “Fiery City” is a dynamic commercial centre with the largest pedestrian shopping area in Europe, with smart shops, cafes and shopping malls, as well as many parks and public gardens. On Sunday mornings you will find the mile long La Batte, one of the oldest street markets in Europe on the left bank of the Meuse which sells everything from vegetables to textiles, books and bric à brac. The city is also packed with traditionally styles taverns and great bars, particulary in the " Le Carré " and Town Hall aka " La Violette " areas, where the "Maison du Peket " serves hundreds of variations of the local genever flavoured spirit "Peket ", often mixed with freshly squeezed fruit juice.
The city is dotted with vestiges of its medieval past, which made it one of the most important and influential cities in the Western world. These include the Mont-St — Martin on which was built the church of the same name, the Hors Château area, la Rue Pierreuse , the Bueren Mountain with its 400 steps and the 12th century St-Barthélémy church with its baptismal font, one of the seven wonders of Belgium.
Liege also has one of the biggest Christmas markets in Belgium after Brussels with around 200 wooden chalets selling jewellery, crafts, toys and Christmas decorations, and an outdoor ice rink.
In Seraing, just outside Liège, one can visit the world famous Cristallerie du Val St Lambert, manufacturers of hand-made crystal known for its purity and exceptional brilliance. Visitors can take a tour of the factory and see demonstrations of glass-blowing and crystal-engraving. There is also a showroom and museum a unique collection of ancient crystal from all over the world.