Breakneck Steps (L'Escalier Casse-Cou), Quebec City

It's a steep climb up Breakneck Steps (L'Escalier Casse-Cou), the oldest stairway in the capital city. You'll find the stairs located in the borough of La Cité-Limoilou, near Place Royale. The area serves as one of the oldest commercial districts in North America. The stairs were built in 1635, but the "Breakneck Stairs" name was a modern adoption due to their steep incline. The top of the stairs features a stretching view of the street below and highlights the area's old architecture. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Breakneck Steps (L'Escalier Casse-Cou) by using our Quebec City trip maker site .
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  • These steps are called L'Escalier Casse-Cou or as the locals have aptly named it - breakneck steps, 'cos of the killer incline! They are apparently the city's oldest stairway, built around 1635. They ...  more »
  • A short flight of stairs in the old town, with a few tourist shops and restaurants. I'm not sure why it is listed an attraction!  more »
  • I think it is good to go early because there are many tourists. Is a great photo spot overlooking the optician Blanc Street across the steep stairs is
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  • Slippery in winter, scenic place!
  • Lots of foot traffic, but totally worth it.
  • Just go there and take a lovely picture
  • Love this because Goblin!!!
  • Must see in Quebec ! Must walk!

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Most accommodations cluster on the west side of the St. Lawrence River, with the city's split-level old town offering the widest range of options and best access to top attractions. Stay in the upper town to be close to the castle and enjoy views over the river. What the lower town lacks in panoramas, it makes up for in historic charm and access to riverside cafes and restaurants. If you want a less-touristy experience, consider the up-and-coming neighborhood of St. Roch, whose cafes, bars, restaurants, and artistic spaces make it an alternative traveler's paradise.
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