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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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Steps to adorable old Quebec

The steps draw quite a crowd. Perfect to take pictures of the cute street below. Walk down the steps and enjoy the street.

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Yucaipa, California
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Yucaipa, California
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151 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

The steps draw quite a crowd. Perfect to take pictures of the cute street below. Walk down the steps and enjoy the street.

Thank Dartravelgirl
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice view of a fun street to walk down. Nice area of the old city. The steps were sturdy, nothing to worry about. You definitely want to explore the lower town there - loads of little streets, little stores, litte restaurants.

Thank jhuvos
Burlington, Vermont
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Background: To Get to Rue Du Petit Champlain, the prettiest street in Old Quebec (it is a narrow, pedestrian only street), you have two options: take the steps or take the funicular (think of an outdoor elevator). Verdict: These steps are easy to go down, with a handrail on one side. Compared to the 398 Blanc Cap (White Cap) stairwell... More 

Thank GlobalVillage
Knoxville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you come to le Vieux Québec, you must come to the Petit Champlian!!!! Take advantage of the amazing views. Bring your camera and take you time to enjoy!!!

Thank Pierre L
Augusta, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

These steps are not that horrible. Just take your time, use the railing, and stay on the right side. We used the Funicular to go up, and the stairs to come down.

Thank travveller95
Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went down the funicular to get into the old town. As you come off the funicular and out into the street, you turn left and the steps are just there. Not sure if it was them straight off as I'd thought they'd be grander. We went up and down and got some photos but they are nothing special. Do it... More 

Thank Ginges_revenge
Dieppe, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not so breakneck really. Going down is a charm. Going back up will give you a good workout. Of course, you can always skip doing that and jump in the funiculaire to get to the upper town. Main gateway to the gorgeous Quartier Petit-Champlain area of Old Quebec if you are coming from the upper town. The street going down... More 

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Longueuil, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

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.

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New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017

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 

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

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

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