If you don't mind a little extra exercise on your vacation, then while you are in Liege, Belgium take a serious run at the 406 steps of the Montagne de Bueren. The reward at the end of the climb is well worth it. It provides you with a breathtaking view of the city of Liege. History has it that 600 Franchimontese soldiers climbed this hill in the year 1468 to take the camp of Charles the Bold, the Duke of Burgundy. Heading up this expedition was citizen Bueren who wanted the townsfolk to rise up against Charles who had taken the city. The plan failed miserably, the 600 soldiers were killed and the city was ravaged for seven weeks.
Interesting note: actually this adventure took place on another hill in the city of Liege and it wasn't until 1880 that the Montagne de Bueren staircase was built. It was constructed to let the garrison soldiers at the top of the hill get down to the center of the town without having to pass through dangerous dark and little alleys. If you make it to the top of the stairs and are up for a bit more climbing, head for the terraced park and get at truly spectacular view.
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