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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. 

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 Bertha", 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.

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