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Breakneck Steps (L'Escalier Casse-Cou)

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Neighbourhood: Downtown Quebec City
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Address: Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

This steep stairway connects Lower Town with the Terrasse Dufferin.

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Not the Dizzying Height Expected -- But Delightful!

I smile lovingly at the thought of Old Quebec ... every week that I slave at my job. And right now I'm smiling at the memory of, last July, making it my mission to descend... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Longueuil, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

we wanted to use them to go see the shops at the bottom but the stairs were very much used and icy ,they are very narrow steps. In the summer I could go down but winter for get it to dangerous .If they where like the ones that go to the Chateau Frontenac nice and wide they are safe.

Thank Stephen G
New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I smile lovingly at the thought of Old Quebec ... every week that I slave at my job. And right now I'm smiling at the memory of, last July, making it my mission to descend L'Escalier Casse-Cou to reach rue Petit-Champlain (instead of riding le funiculaire there from la Terrasse Dufferin). Why I waited until nightfall to do so is... More 

Thank GoGoBoots_2010
Surfers Paradise, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On an icy wet day the furnicular was the only way to get to the old port area safely. ( And warmly) The fare was worth the trip.

Thank Merran T
Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

it is an interesting vantage point for the lower town, but there is nothing specifically noteworthy about these steps, they are mostly just a route to get from one place to another, and not the only route to take.

Thank FirstCircle
New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sure the funicular is around the corner but we wanted the exercise after a hearty breakfast. Take your time, enjoy the view, and historical places.

Thank kdubyaNH
Halton Hills, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is a surprisingly beautiful spot to take a photo before going down the long stairway into a busy crowd of tourists.

Thank Tetta14
Rye, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

I opted to walk down not up... even though there was snow on the ground, being February, the handrails offered all the reassurance needed. Take your time to look around en-route, the architecture is beautiful. If you don't fancy the walk back up (like me) take the funicular...

Thank Barbara A
Winnipeg, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

They don't call the the breakneck steps for nothing. My wife couldn't make it to the top without taking a break, and believe me, she wasn't alone! It's steep, and there are a lot of steps! Be warned - by the time yo reach the top, you're still not in Upper Town! You have to climb a hill to get... More 

Thank Paul U
Baguio, Philippines
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

On our way up we took this route and visited some shops along the way. Nice to take take pictures as you exit.

Thank batobato06
Oshawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

I can't count how many times my wife and I have been up and down these stairs on our many stays in Quebec City, but it is a great place for pictures, especially in the winter when the streets below are all lit up with lights and what not. There is also a nice popcorn shop right at the top... More 

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