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The Strepy-Thieu Funicular Lift

Rue Raymond Cordier 50, Le Roeulx 7070, Belgium
+32 78 05 90 59
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Most interesting and impressive engineering achievement

A most interesting canal boat trip through the old lock which works with no mechanics (only water... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Tennisbuddys
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Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
Huge!

This canal boat lift replaces 4 much smaller ones which look far more attractive. We drove round... read more

Reviewed 26 July 2017
curlytail55
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Cleethorpes, United Kingdom
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Test the biggest boat lift in the world! Open to the navigation in 2002, the Strepy-Thieu boat lift is an EXTRAordinary heritage! Its exceptional dimensions and its unique technical performance raise it as the biggest boat lift that ever exists. Rather see: 117 meter high, 130 meter long and 75 meter wide. Alone, it can overcome a difference in level of 73.15 meter. It takes your breath away! Come to discover the know-how of the Belgian civil Engineering of the 20th and 21st centuries! Cross the lift! Take a ride with the Strepy-Thieu funicular lift by boat! An unforgettable moment... Also to do: The audiovisual experience "Spirits of Belgium" Take in the major moments of Belgian inventiveness. In addition watch a film showing the construction and the working of this outstanding work of art! Do not miss the wonderful view on the region and the machine room from the cafeteria on the 8th floor.
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  • Poor1%
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“boat lift” (8 reviews)
“machine room” (4 reviews)
“du centre” (3 reviews)
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Rue Raymond Cordier 50, Le Roeulx 7070, Belgium
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+32 78 05 90 59
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A most interesting canal boat trip through the old lock which works with no mechanics (only water pressure) - only 8 in the world and only 4 still in operation. The trip includes a visit to the engine room of the old lock to see...More

Thank Tennisbuddys
Reviewed 26 July 2017 via mobile

This canal boat lift replaces 4 much smaller ones which look far more attractive. We drove round the outside and saw a barge being lowered. Didn't go inside but worth a visit just to see the scale of the structure.

Thank curlytail55
Reviewed 24 May 2017

While visiting the South-Belgium countryside, we have been admiring this exceptional lift system for waterway barges. Indeed this is a unique industrial engineering achievement. We spent half an hour spotting barges going up and down and became canal enthusiasts! The visitor centre is proposing a...More

Thank JohnPaul2010
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

I have been to this place many times by car and also along the long and winding cycle paths that follow the seemingly never ending canal. On a warm sunny day it is great, just to watch the lift operating and lifting / lowering the...More

Thank iceman_icestreet
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

This is an amazing feet of engineering. We stayed on the free Motorhome parking place right beside the marina. Well worth a visit.

Thank Troyandy9
voiesdeau h, Responsable commercial at The Strepy-Thieu Funicular Lift, responded to this reviewResponded 13 April 2017

Thank you very much !

Reviewed 24 September 2016

Firstly, be warned that out of season (end of September) there are only 2 boat trips a day, 10am and 2pm. We arrived at 10,30 so had a long wait and although there is a bar, serving a small selection of snacks, there are only...More

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voiesdeau h, Responsable commercial at The Strepy-Thieu Funicular Lift, responded to this reviewResponded 13 April 2017

Thank you !

Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

We started by first visiting one of the historic old lifts nearby where we were welcomed by the staff. The one we went to was obviously not on the tourist trail but we were made most welcome and were given free access to the site....More

Thank MJWMAN
voiesdeau h, Responsable commercial at The Strepy-Thieu Funicular Lift, responded to this reviewResponded 13 April 2017

Thank you very much !

Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

The guide gave clear explanations in English, French, Dutch and even proposed German. The movie explained a bit more info about the construction project. No new information, but it sure helped a better understanding. Especially with the maps showing how the Scheldt and Maas got...More

Thank Pieter J
Reviewed 21 July 2016

This is real industrial heritage still working. You get a splendid tour and explanations (in French and a little bit Dutch) by the civil servants (fonctionaires) operating the old machines. And all this for free. You can also visit the new lift and pay for...More

Thank Dirk R
Reviewed 28 May 2016 via mobile

My family arrived 15 minutes prior to our 2pm appointment. My group included four adults and three young children under five years old. We started with a train ride to one of the boat lifts and we were given a tour of the machine room...More

Thank Reyne H
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