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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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Test the biggest boat lift in the world!

Open to the navigation in 2002, the...

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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Amazing and impressive construction: a lift for boats

You could indeed be sitting outside and enjoy the impressive construction, and the way big boats are been moved up and down. But paying the fee and visiting inside is also... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 13, 2015
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Antwerp, Belgium
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Antwerp, Belgium
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

You could indeed be sitting outside and enjoy the impressive construction, and the way big boats are been moved up and down. But paying the fee and visiting inside is also worthwhile. Not for the spectacle tour (which felt to be mandatory for school excursions), but to see the lift from close-by, boats moving in/out, having a look at the... More 

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voiesdeau h, Responsable commercial at The Strepy-Thieu Funicular Lift, responded to this review

Thank you for your comment. Visit also The Historic Canal du Centre of The Sloping lock of Ronquières ;) Bye ! More 

Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

We passed by many times and finally went to see with our friends. For an engineer it was very interesting. We learned that in Belgium, France and Germany canal system is still very much in use! Impressive system. For small kids it is a fun to come down with the boat. For adults it could be too time consuming. Watching... More 

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voiesdeau h, Responsable commercial at The Strepy-Thieu Funicular Lift, responded to this review

Thank you for your comment ! Visit also The historic Canal du Centre of The sloping Lock of Ronquières ;) Bye ! More 

Aalst, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

When approaching the boat lift, riding through the fields, you can see the building dominate the sky-line and when standing at the feet of the construction you are impressed by its height and volume. The view from the top is great. Inside you get 2 movies about the history and the construction and you often wonder how they fixed the... More 

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voiesdeau h, Responsable commercial at The Strepy-Thieu Funicular Lift, responded to this review

Thank you for your comment ! Visit also The historic Canal du Centre of The sloping Lock of Ronquières ;) Bye ! Like Facebook: Voies d'eau du Hainaut More 

Barton under Needwood, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

This is amazing to see.... The biggest in the world Highly recommend a visit. It is possible to experience the boat lift by taking a boat trip. There is also a viewing area with more information inside

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voiesdeau h, Responsable commercial at The Strepy-Thieu Funicular Lift, responded to this review

Thank you for your comment ! Visit also The historic Canal du Centre of The sloping Lock of Ronquières ;) Bye ! More 

Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
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 88 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 10 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 99 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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