- Type: Hiking
NileGuide Expert Says:
Despite its name as “break-neck” stairs, the stairs shouldn’t be a problem if you’re in reasonably good health. If not, take the Québec Funicular for a safe and convenient way to get up and down Lower and Upper Town.
- While the Escalier Casse-Cou or the breakneck stairs has been around since the 17th century, there has never been a known incident of anyone actually breaking their neck on these stairs. However Escalier Casse-Cou got its name, it attracts as many visitors for the same reason that Lombard Street, the most crooked street in America, attracts so many people: curiosity. The best time to visit is in the morning when there are fewer people "breaking their necks" trying to go up the stairs. Taking the Quebec Funicular to get to and from between the Château Frontenac and the Quartier Petit Champlain is strongly recommended for anyone suffering from vertigo.
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