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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 13, 2014
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Tarbert, United Kingdom
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Tarbert, United Kingdom
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61 reviews 61 reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
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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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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65 reviews 65 reviews
28 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
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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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Johannesburg
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144 reviews 144 reviews
20 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2012

This is an impressive and accessible civil and mechanical engineering project. The installation lifts and lowers 1350 ton vessels through a height of 73 meters, from one canal to another. The operations are fascinating for old and young. In the building there are interactive displays practically demonstrating some of the engineering principles, again both old and young enjoy participating. The... More 

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Köln
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2012

When I saw the building first time from distance, it reminded me on Star Wars - it is huge and looks strange at first sight. But when we stood next to it, it was so impressive to see how the vessels are lifted and what an enormous weight is being moved! There is a visitor center inside and you can... More 

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Waterloo, Belgium
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35 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2011

Interesting visit, with the boat that takes you up or down (see timetable on their internet site) with the famous lift. + exhibition on the top floor of the tower = very well done as well. Get the combined ticket at the entrance. We did not take it at the start thinking we would not want to see it after... More 

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