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Liège (Dutch: Luik) is a city in the central east of Wallonia, the french speaking part of Belgium. It's closely situated near the border with the Netherlands and has a population of about 200,000. The total metropolitan area ranks third in Belgium (after Brussels and Antwerp) with around 750,000 inhabitants. Although not one of the most popular cities in the country, its central core region is a great to spend a day or so, including a visit to one of the popular cafes or restaurants. The city therefore is best visited as a daytrip from another Belgian city or maybe from Maastricht in the Netherlands.
Liège Airport (LGG) is one of the biggest cargo airports in Europe, but has few flights for passengers. The only regular connections are to Pristina, Tirana and Tel Aviv, but there are charter services to quite a few places in southern Europe and northern Africa.
|Hotel Passerelle||24, Chaussee des Pres||Hotel||-|
|Husa de la Couronne||Place des Guillemins 11||hotel||-|
|Liège Youth Hostel||Rue Georges Simenon 2||Hostel||87|
Internet is widely available in Belgium, but internet cafés are not common, because most people have internet access at home or through wifi. There are multiple internet access points in all cities and it is free in most libraries. Also in multiple gas stations, train stations and diners on the highways there is Wi-Fi available. Many cafés offer free Wi-Fi nowadays and if you can't find any you can always fall back on Quick or McDonalds which both offer free Wi-Fi.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The country calling code to Belgium is: + 32. To make an international call from Belgium, the code is 00.
Belgium has a modern telephone system with nationwide cellular telephone coverage. Belgium uses the GSM standard of cellular phones (900 MHz and 1800 MHz bands) used in most of the world outside of the U.S. There are three main companies (Proximus, Mobistar and Base, and a large number of MVNOs) offering wireless service. The country is almost totally covered. If you stay for some time, it may be advisable to buy a pre-paid cell phone card that you can use in any phone that supports the GSM standard on the 900/1800 MHz bands. Then incoming calls and SMSes are free. You can get sim cards for the three main companies in dedicated phone shops. Sim cards from the MVNOs are readily available at supermarkets (Carrefour, Aldi, Colruyt to name a few all have their own brand). All networks provide UMTS and HSDPA (3G) mobile internet coverage, and are rolling out a 4G network, mainly in the big cities and eventually in the whole country.
De Post is the national postal service of Belgium, with Dutch, French and German versions. They offer generally fast, reliable services. It's a relatively expensive service though, with normal domestic post (cards, letters etc) up to 50 grams costing €0.61. To other European countries it costs €1.03 and outside Europe it's €1.34. At the post offices, you can buy stamps and they have other services as well, including international money transfers. The opening times of post offices are 9:00am or 10:00am until 4:00pm or 5:00pm, depending on whether it's the main central one or a smaller branch or in towns. Some of them might be open on Saturday mornings, and remember that quite a few still close for lunch break! De Post also offers the sending of parcels, but you could also use private international companies like UPS, TNT or DHL, as they offer roughly the same services and prices, but are generally faster.
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