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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  • Even in winter, with thick snow, this steep slope is always busy. They take you to the inner artistic area in Quebec, full of art galleries, cozy restaurants, small boutiques and street artists making...  more »
  • This is such a great spot to overlook this neat little section of the city! Make sure to get pics before you head down, its a great view from the top!  more »
  • If you stand at the top of the stairs you can look down into the town. If you are lucky to be there when its covered in snow, this is a great spot for pictures/ selfies of you in Quebec  more »
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  • Beautiful Beautiful Beautiful . I will go back more. I really enjoyed the city and all those nice buildings.
  • Its not so bad to walk. For older folks, take the lift
  • Great start to a fantastic little shopping street as well as some lovely cafes and restaurants.
  • Just regular steps but restaurants on a unique set up as it is alongside the steps.
  • This is a great place to take a picture with a view of the shops and restaurants that line the sides

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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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