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

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#11 of 30 in Historic Sites in 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. A visit to Breakneck Steps (L'Escalier Casse-Cou) represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Quebec City trip itinerary planner to plot your vacation.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Really worth the effort if you give it a try. You can't beat the views. There are a lot of steps but take your time, no one is in a hurry, everyone is enjoying the view.  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    You really must walk up and own these steps if you are able. A real part of the old town and worth the effort.  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    This attraction is absolutely picturesque but there isn't much space to accommodate the hoards of tourists (like us) trying to capture that perfect Polaroid moment.  more »
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  • July 4, 2017
    Slippery in winter, scenic place!
  • May 28, 2017
    Lots of foot traffic, but totally worth it.
  • April 9, 2017
    Just go there and take a lovely picture
  • April 3, 2017
    Love this because Goblin!!!
  • March 16, 2017
    Must see in Quebec ! Must walk!

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