The Strépy-Thieu funicular lift, a river gem in Wallonia

  • Discover the Strépy-Thieu funicular lift, dominating the Canal du centre
  • The Strépy-Thieu funicular lift, a river gem in Wallonia
  • The Strépy-Thieu funicular lift, a river gem in Wallonia
  • The Strépy-Thieu funicular lift, a river gem in Wallonia
  • Water attraction
  • Industrial heritage

Located on the Canal du Centre, the Strépy-Thieu funicular lift is the largest boat lift and its 73.15 metres incline is the largest in the world. An absolute must see if you are travelling through the Hainaut region.

Belgium's waterway network - 1,3500 tons in total - meant a new segment of the Canal du Centre had to be added, as well as a boat lift. This impressive construction is now open to the public.

Visits of the boat lift will start again in 2019

Strepy Thieu is rich in discoveries. Expect an impressive machinery room, a superb panorama of the site and the region, animated scale models, interactive games and a movie presenting the construction and functioning of the equipment. The visits, sadly, are on hold for the moment: the site is simply improving the infrastructure to make the experience more accessible and more enjoyable to all as well as preparing a new exhibition.

Indulge in a boat cruise after your visit

Another experience awaits: crossing the 73.15 m water drop by boat (between May and the end of August, 4 departures every Sunday)

Visitors with specific needs

The Strepy Thieu boat lift 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.




from € 5 to € 6.5
from € 2.75 to € 5.5
€ 5.5


from € 3.5 to € 4.75
from € 4.75 to € 5.25

Information on the walk


Minimum duration1:00
Maximum duration1:30



  • Shop
  • Car parking
  • Cycle rack
  • Parking


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Additional information

Parking busYes
Secure ParkingYes
The information provided is an indication only. We advise you to inquire directly with the organisers of the event that interests you before you leave.