- Water attraction
- Industrial heritage
- River cruises
Visit the historic Canal du Centre and its funicular boat lifts. These timeless masterpieces are listed by UNESCO.
Situated in the province of Hainaut, these 4 hydraulic lifts, built beginning of the XIXth century, are standing monuments to the Belgian Industrial revolution.
Creating a network on inland waterways in Belgium meant building a new section for the Canal du Centre, including a the largest boat lift ever built and a 73.15 metres drop.
There is much to discover during this visit: an impressive machine room, a movie explaining how the lift works, a panorama over the whole construction and the region, an exhibition presenting the fossils found during the project.
Visit, walk and cruise:
There are different ways to experience the Canal du Centre, depending on what you feel like on the day:
A cruise on the canal and a visit of Strépy
Starting at the funicular boat lift of Strépy-Thieu, duration 4 hours.
This cruise, complete with historic commentary, takes you through the locks, boat lifts and swing bridges.
A little train will drive you along the tow path, all the way to the machine room at lift number 3. You can also step onto the Strepy-Thieu boatlift: this giant made of steel is the biggest in the world. Have a look at the immersive trail "A land of geniuses" and watch the movie presenting how the lift was built.
Electric boat rental
From the Cantine des Italiens, you can rent a boat and cruise peacefully along this historic canal.
Nearby is an Interpretative Centre on immigration. Bring your own picnic or treat yourself to a meal at the restaurant there.
From the Strépy-Thieu boat, boat lift number 3 or the Ronquières inclined plane.
The regional industry has left the region with a network of towpaths, now used as tranquil foot- and cycle-paths. They are the perfect way to discover the boat lifts and many gems of the province of Hainaut
Boat cruises are not accessible to persons with reduced mobility.
Open between April 1st to October 29th, every day but Mondays.
Please join, at the latest, 30 minutes before the boat leaves. The meeting point is the welcome desk of the Strépy-Thieu funicular lift (Rue Raymond Cordier 50 – 7070 Thieu).
2 departures a day: 10 am and 2 pm.
Information on the walk
- Bike hire
- Car parking
- Cycle rack
- Barbecue/picnic area