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"Escalier Casse-Cou (Breakneck stairs)" Place Royale & Le Petit Champlain Tip by ChuckG

  Escalier Casse-Cou (Breakneck stairs)
by ChuckG

The stairs give a nice perspective of the passage from the Upper town to the Lower town. I highly recommend it instead of taking the funicular all the time. There are even coffee and restaurants along the way.

This staircase is tucked between two rows of buildings and winds precipitously down from côte de la Montagne to rue du Petit-Champlain. A staircase already existed in the same location in 1660. Originally known as "l'Escalier Casse-cou" in French, the Anglophone population of the city named it the "Breakneck Staircase" in the 19th century.

The Breakneck staircase was redesigned in 1968. The most recent renovations date back to the 1990s. The many terraces located along the staircase give onto boutiques and restaurants located in 19th century homes.

Directions: Close to the Chateau Frontenac is where the stairs starts.

Review Helpfulness: 4 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 18, 2004
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