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The Voies d'Eau du Hainaut, a selected destination

3 musts of river tourisme in Belgium: the Canal du centre with its boat lifts, the funicular lift in Strépy-Thieu and the inclined plane in Ronquières.

The historical Canal du Centre and its boat lifts

The four boat lifts of the Canal du Centre and their site are a listed UNESCO heritage site.

Of the 8 boat lifts ever built in the world, between the end of the 19th century and the start of the 20th century, the four lifts of the historical Canal du Centre are the only ones remaining still in their original state. The boat lifts are genuine treasures to be visited or even travel on in the La Louvière region. The are open to the public from April to October.

The funicular lift in Strépy-Thieu

Its incredible size and unique technical performance make it the biggest boat lift ever to have existed: 117m high, 130m long and 75m wide. With this boat lift alone, vessels can climb or descend 73.15m between water levels.

The inclined plane in Ronquières

Built in 1968, the inclined plane is a gigantic work of art which remains unmatched to this day. The figures are simply astonishing: 1432m long, a difference in water levels of 68m, 2 containers each capable of carrying up to 1350 tonnes, dozens of kilometres of rolling tracks, a 150m tower…

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At the heart of the Park of Canals and Castles, which stretches out from Thieu to Ronquières, via La Louvière and Godarville, you can discover remarkable historical or...

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Strepy-Thieu boat lift (LE ROEULX)

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Strepy-Thieu boat lift
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A visit to Strépy-Thieu funicular lift, the biggest boat lift in the world, is packed full of surprises!...

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The Historic Canal du Centre and its Hydraulic Lifts (THIEU)

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The Historic Canal du Centre and its Hydraulic Lifts
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Come and visit the famous historic Canal du Centre and its hydraulic lifts. Timeless pieces of engineering art classed as UNESCO world heritage sites....

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Ronquières Inclined Plane (RONQUIERES)

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Ronquières Inclined Plane
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Visit Ronquières Inclined Plane, a remarkable feat of engineering from the 1960s at the heart of the Hainaut Province....

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