Lüttich / Liege

Liege is very well known for is Guillemins station, designed by Santiago Calatrava and completed 2009, with its light and dynamic architecture. Only just an hour away from Cologne it presents a great photographic opportunity.

Liege itself has much more to offer than its famous station, and is certainly full of contracts and challenges. The city dates back to the 8th century and has ever served as a major political, economic and cultural center. Probably all building styles are present and many beautiful details can be found; from the number and age of official and residential places one can derive long periods times of prosperity. 

The city has often been at the forefront of developments, for instance the industrial revolution, and it has suffered from its demise. Nothing we today consider ugly has been spared during growth phases of the 60ies and 70ies.  At many corners these contrasts show and present a rather ambient picture. Liege appears a rough and battered place quite often. 

Yet the sense for art seems to have not vaned  and new developments happen. Finally, traditions are well honored (and there is the food). A city certainly worth another visit.