- Water attraction
- Industrial heritage
- River cruises
Located on the Charleroi-Bruxelles canal, the Ronquières inclined plane compensates a 70 m drop: a rather unique feature.
To understand how it works, stop by its Visitor Centre and try its panoramic lift, a glass bridge overlooking the area. On Sundays, you can even go across the inclined plane by boat.
The longest inclined plane in the world
The Ronquières plane is one of the Parc des Canaux et des Châteaux's masterpieces: it's the most inclined in the world!
This amazing art work comprises two fully independent tanks of 91 by 12 m filled with water, weighing between 5,000 and 5,700 tons.
You could compare them, in fact, to 2 bath tubs on wheels. They then take narrowboats and heavy boats over the 1,432 m distance between the higher and lower levels of the inclined plane - a huge time saving compared to the usual locks. Another advantage? The lower use of water involved for this artificial canal compared to traditional methods.
This incredible structure celebrates its 50 years in 2018.
An immersive trail: a boat, a life
The 150 m hight tower by the inclined plane can be scene from kilometres around and yes, it can be visited. At the top awaits a mind owing panorama and an immersive trail dedicated to skippers. Put your infrared helmet on and discover a boatman’s daily life thanks to 3D scenes, audio visual techniques, giant screening walls and even automated figures.
You will get the opportunity to watch a more in-depth movie then walk to the top of the tower to enjoy stunning views over the “Little Ardenne”
You can also take a relaxing cruise toward the Ittre lock.
Departure times: noon, 2.30 pm, 4.40 pm
- combine the visit of the inclined plane and the boat cruise
- enjoy the visit in Dutch, English, French or German
- groups (20 persons minimum) must book visits and cruises at least 2 weeks in advance.
Visitors with specific needs
The inclined plane of Ronquières is one of the many sites certified by Access-i (meaning with facilities or/activities adapted to travellers with specific needs). You will find more details on the website to plan your visit.
Open between April 1st and October 29th, every day between 10 am and 7 pm.
Guided tours for groups: between May and August, 20 persons min.
The duration of the visit and the price depend on the activity chosen.
Information on the walk
- Credit cards accepted
- Visitor guide for groups
- Car parking
- Cycle rack
- Common bathroom