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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 artwork 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 bathtubs 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 in this artificial canal compared to traditional methods.

This incredible structure celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2018.

An immersive trail: a boat, a life

The 150 m high tower by the inclined plane can be seen 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, audiovisual 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.

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.

 

 

COVID-19 : Recreational/tourist travel to and from Belgium is prohibited from Wednesday 27 January to Monday 1 April 2021. In accordance with the latest Covid-19 restrictions, most museums, tourist attractions and information centres are now closed in Wallonia, and events cancelled. We do our best to keep our information up to date but it's always best to check with the site you wish to visit before heading there - by phone, email, social media or simply a look at their website - to see their latest opening hours and entry conditions. Some will prefer you to book your ticket in advance. Infos
This information is given for indication purposes only, best to check with the site you hope to visit before heading there - by phone, email, social media or simply by visiting their website.

Duration

Minimum duration : 2:00

Langue d'accueil

German - English - French - Dutch

Services

Credit cards accepted

Equipement

Lift - Cafe - Daylight - Shop - Non-smoking - Car parking - Cycle rack - Parking - Common bathroom

Animals

Pets not allowed

Visites

Guide available/groups - German - EN - CN - ES - FR - IT - NL

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