The Parc des Canaux et Châteaux: canals, castles and folklore

The Parc des Canaux et Châteaux represents 10 communes of the Province of Hainaut, including La Louvière, Soignies, Braine-le-Comte, Soignies and Écaussinnes.

This region offers sharp contrasts – both rural and historical industrial areas. The latter explains the presence of canals and impressive architectural features such as the Ronquières inclined plane, the hydraulic boat lifts of the Canal du centre (listed by UNESCO) and the ], the Strépy-Thieu funicular lift – real treasures of Wallonia’s waterways.

 

A land of many castles

Perfect for all history lovers! The Château de Seneffe’s estate is home to a museum dedicated to goldsmithing and silverware, which hosts themed events and temporary exhibitions. The Château d'Ecaussinnes-Lalaing is another must see: its collections feature exceptional Tournai china pieces.

Each commune has its own museums and folkloric manifestations. There is much to see and learn! The Musée du chapitre, Centre for Engravings and Prints in La Louvière are real cultural highlights in the region.

 

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Maison du Tourisme du Parc des Canaux et Châteaux

Take the small tourist train to discover the boat lifts of the Canal du Center
With 264km of navigable waterways, Hainaut hosts the Parc des Canaux and Châteaux formed by La Louvière, Ronquières and Seneffe.
 


What to do and see in the Parc des Canaux et Châteaux

 

The Château de Seneffe and its estate | The Silverware Museum

Discover the Château de Seneffe and its estate
The Château de Seneffe estate and its Museum feature one of Belgium's most important silverware collections.
 

The hydraulic boat lifts of the Canal du Centre

Canal Du Centre Historique Ascenseur Hydraulique
Situated in the province of Hainaut, these 4 hydraulic lifts, built beginning of the XIXth century, are standing monuments to the Belgian Industrial revolution. These timeless masterpieces, listed by UNESCO, can be visited.
 

The Centre for Engravings and Prints in La Louvière

Exposition au Centre de la Gravure et de l'Image imprimée à La Louvière
The Centre for Engravings and Prints is a place for encounters, creation and research, dedicated solely to contemporary prints...