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Liège WW1 events

On 4 August 1914, the German troops crossed the river Meuse just north of Liège and advanced into Belgium. The Belgian army provided stiff resistance and bought time for their French and British allies to assemble and take up positions. The 14 fortifications that formed a semi-circle around Liège and the bravery of the Belgian army were fundamental in delaying the German advance. 

To mark the 100th anniversary of the First Wold War Great War, the Province of Liège is hosting numerous events. 

From 2nd August 2014 to 3rd May 2015: Liège exhibition 14-18 

1 exhibition - 1 ticket - 2 prestigious sites

"Liège in turmoil" at the Museum of Walloon Life

"I was 20 in 14" at Liège-Guillemins Station 


2 August 2014 - 31 May 2015: Liège in turmoil - Exhibition at the Museum of Walloon Life

Discover the various facets of what life was really like in Liège during the First World War!

On one hand, emphasis is put on the Battle of Liège and the heroic resistance of the forts from 4 to 6 of August 1914. A resistance that earned the Ardent City its Legion of Honour on the 7 August 1914.

On the other hand, attention is focused on the bitter experiences endured by the people during the occupation.

By way of introduction, an initial area exhibits economic, social, cultural and military aspects of life in Liège and in the province, before the conflict.

Once the background has been established, the admirable attitude of the Belgian army is highlighted, amongst others during battles such as the "Bataille des intervalles" (Battles of intervals).

A symbolic reconstruction of the ring of forts in Liège enables visitors to also understand the role played by Liège in the course of the conflict.

Immediately afterwards, German acts of violence are illustrated, that senselessly affected the inhabitants of towns and villages in Liège.

Gratuitous acts that highlight as much the brutality of the conflict as the victimisation of neutral Belgium. Two elements that greatly fuel ally propaganda. An area that then focuses on the daily life of civilians in Liège during fours year of conflict such as, rationing, aid, deportation, resistance, artistic activities, etc.

The painful absence of the deportees is also given a particular focus.

A final space consists of a memorial dimension, is centred around remains and memory of the Great War in Liège and its province, and welcomes educational entertainment and activities.

Location: Musée de la Vie Wallonne 4000 LIEGE


2 August 2014 - 31 May 2015: I was 20 years old in 1914 - Exhibition in Liège

The exposition takes a comprehensive approach to the war both in Belgium and throughout the world. You will discover notable, authentic scene, such as the soldier under enemy fire in a trench, or a resistance fighter facing a firing squad...

Various points of view are exhibited from leaders, soldiers, doctors and civilians etc. who recall the origins of conflict, the battles, healthcare, the resistance...which ends with the transformation of the country as part of the new world.

The course of events is chronological and thematic:The chronology (countries being invaded, countries being occupied, countries being liberated, countries being transformed) fall within these points of view expressed. 

The themes are as follows:

  • Prologue: The end of the Belle Epoque, war premises, the spark of the attack.
  • Army leaders: Europe goes up in flames, resistance against the invader, a world war.
  • Soldiers: Mobilisation of the troops, soldiers from all over the world, from forts to the trenches, "trench art", God of the trenches, weapons, flying aces.
  • Doctors: Suffering soldiers, treatment.
  • Artists: Artistic life in the war.
  • Resistance fighters: Resisting against the enemy, against the war, the Belgian press, death...
  • Victors: The USA go to war, the Russian evolution, the final offensives, peace treaties.
  • A new world.

Open from Monday to Friday, from 9.30am to 6.30pm – Saturdays and Sundays (and public holidays), from 9.30am to 7pm.

Location: Gare de Liège Guillemins 4000 LIEGE


All year round: Liège Inter-Allied monument

As the first city to have effectively opposed the invaders in 1914, Liège was chosen in 1925 by the International Federation of Allied Ex-Servicemen to erect an inter-Allied monument. The civil memorial contains several monuments offered to Liège by the allied Nations. This monuments are located outdoors. (On the esplanade) or inside the tower (in its crypt and in its low and high rooms).


All year round: The Forts Of The Fortified Position Of Liege...

The fortified position of Liege, which is well-known for its unexpected resistance during the invasion, remains one of the most important sites of WW1 in Belgium. Most of these forts are now demilitarized and can be visited.
The Fort of Loncin is the best-known of the Forts of Brialmont. On August 15th, 1914, under the shots of the "Big Berthas", one of the two ammunition depots exploded, burying 350 of its defenders. The Fort of Loncin is the only one to have retained its original weaponry of 1914. Besides the visit of the Fort, which offers you a splendid view on the explosion crater and a moving visit of the crypt, the adjacent museum features a combination of scale models and artifacts, some of which are exceptional. The fort features a scenography circuit, which allows you to relive the final moments of the garrinson and the explosion of the fort. 


Le Café Liégeois

Creamy, sweetened, and delicate… this desert is problably the most famous iced-coffee in Liège: we can find it everywhere in the world.

Contrary to appearances the Café Liégeois was not created in Liège. In fact, it was originally known in France as a Café Viennois (Viennese coffee). However during World War 1 with the Battle of Liège in full swing and Vienna representing the enemy, Paris' cafés started renaming the dessert café liégeois in honour of Belgium's embattled forts. Curiously, for a while at least, in Liège itself it continued to be known as Café Viennois.

You can find here a list of all the labelled establishments where you can savour the Véritable Café Liégeois until June 2015.

  • A pilori
Place du Marché 7
  • As Ouhes
Place du Marché 21
  • Brasserie Sauveniere
Place Xavier-Neujean
  • Comme chez vous
Boulevard de la Sauvenière 97
  • Espace Saveurs
Musée de la Vie wallonne
  • Glacier Achille 
Rue Pont-d’Avroy 55
  • Glacier Franchi 
Rue Saint-Gilles 11
  • Glacier Glace&Moi 
Rue Lulay-des-Febvres 12
  • Glacier Ice Bar Lamorgese
Place des Carmes 2
  • Glacier Pistache et chocolat 
Place du Marché 23
  • L’Amuse bouche
Rue des Mineurs 6
  • L’Ecaillier
Rue des Dominicains 26
  • L’industrie 
Rue Saint-Gilles 6
  • La Crèmerie Piercot
Rue Eugène-Ysaye 14
  • Le Balcon de l’Emulation 
Place du 20-Aout 16
  • Le Bar a Bœuf
Rue de la Goffe 20
  • Le Bistrot d’en face
Rue de la Goffe 8
  • Le Bouquin
Place des Carmes 8
  • Le Cecil
Place Cathédral  1
  • Le Labo 4 
Quai Van-Beneden 22
  • Le Notger 
Rue Tête-de-Bœuf 2
  • Le Regina 
Rue Pont-d’Avroy  61
  • Les Princes-Evêques
Place de la République-française 43
  • MADcafé
Parc d’Avroy
  • News Bar
Rue du Mouton-blanc 4
  • Ô Cocottes (Crowne Plaza) 
Mont-Saint-Martin 9
  • Taverne Tchantchès et Nanesse
Rue Grande-Bèche 35
  • The Kitchen
Boulevard de la Sauvenière 139

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