Darkness arrived and we continued our roadtrip to new places. As time was limited, we drove to Liège at night. Liège, where Fort de la Chartreuse – the abandoned fortress is situated, is now home to graffiti artists and the entertainment hub for young locals from midnight to early morning. We were welcomed by Sandrine, a close friend and local who knows the city best.
This Belgium hidden gem – Chartreuse Fortress was built by the Dutch army between 1817 and 1823 before Belgium was established. In the Belgian revolution in 1830, this large fortress became the Belgian’s military camp to protect Liege, with a capacity of about 3000 soldiers. In two world wars, it was used as a German prison and then became a hospital of the Americans. After over 100 years of hard time, the fortress sank into oblivion, embraced by nature.