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The Strepy-Thieu Funicular Lift

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Address: Rue Raymond Cordier 50, Le Roeulx 7070, Belgium
Phone Number: +32 78 05 90 59
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Description: Test the biggest boat lift in the world! Open to the navigation in 2002...
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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This is a marvel of modern engineering. It raises and lowers boats in two water filled tanks which are 110m high. There are fine views from the visitors centre but it is amazing... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Not sure this is something worth making a deliberate visit to, but would definitely recommend it if you're in the area - it IS currently the tallest boat lift in the world after all. Got there just in time to see three boats being lifted, and was amazed to see how it worked and how huge it was. Wanting to... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

This is a marvel of modern engineering. It raises and lowers boats in two water filled tanks which are 110m high. There are fine views from the visitors centre but it is amazing yo go on the journey in a boat from one canal down to another and the for a cruise down the canal and back. Cost 12Euros for... More 

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Luxembourg
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Amazing lift, I recommend to take the complete tour. Nice option to see something different in family.

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Initially wanted to do the boat excursion on Sunday from Halle, in which you actually go into the lift, but decided against it and just drove up and had a look on Saturday. It wasn't too busy with people, but a lot of traffic on the water, which was fabulous, saw the lift going up and down three times in... More 

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Bruges, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

I did not pay for the visit so far, I only satid outside walking around the elevator, waiting for boats to come by. This is really something to see, these big boats lookin glike toys in a bath ;-) Definetly, if you are in the area, you must see this, the plan incline a Roncquieres, and the old boat elevators... More 

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Smithfield, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Truly a marvel of modern engineering and a sensory treat. A massive monolith in the middle of rolling farmlands rises above everything. In the summer you can ride it; in the winter we could only behold the magnificent engineering marvel. It was well worth the short diversion. After all everything is nearby in Belgium

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Tarbert, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We visited the boat lift but did not take the excursion. The staff were very helpful, particularly as I doubt they get many English speaking visitors. We visited at a quiet time, so they put the English version of the film on for us. Quite impressed by the work involved in its construction. On leaving. the boat lift was in... More 

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Buchholz in der Nordheide, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

When interested in technical marvels in big dimensions Strepy-Thieu shouldn´t be missed. We took a full day from Brussels to the beautiful landscape of Hainaut Province to make a little journey through time seeing historic Canal du Centre with the old boat lifts still functioning, the sloping boat lift in Ronquières and the boat lift at Strepy-Thieu. From the parking... More 

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

Sopped here as a short side trip while driving to Germany. The lift itself is a true engineering marvel, well worth seeing. I was there for approximately an hour and saw two boats lifted and lowered during that time, but what you see depends on boar traffic of course. It was interesting to see the process from up inside the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

If you like to see engineering masterpiece then I guarantee that you will not be disappointed. The tallest boat lift in the world is in one of the smallest countries in the world. Magnificent landscape seen from the top on a sunny day. Definitely worth a visit.

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