These stairs connect Terrasse Dufferin at the top of the cliff (in Upper Town) with rue Sous-le-Fort at the base (Lower Town). The name translates to “Breakneck Stairs,” and they are, indeed, very steep, although hardly neck-break-inducing anymore. A stairway has existed here since the settlement began. Nestled along the northern side of the steps (to the right after you’ve come down) are good quality bistros, small shops, and even a chocolate store. In 1698, the town council had to explicitly forbid citizens from taking their animals up or down the stairway, and those who didn’t comply were punished with a fine.
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L’Escalier du Casse-Cou
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