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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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Long Day!

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 24, 2016
Amanda B
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Hook, United Kingdom
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Hook, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 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 machines with sweets and crisps. And also for some unknown reason there is no seating... More 

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Leighton Buzzard
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 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. Very interesting indeed. Then a short drive to the BIG one. We were blown away... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 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 connected. The spectacle puts Belgium and it's national heroes in the picture but has nothing... More 

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Lummen, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 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 the exhibition and (long) boat tour of course.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 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 that was in French and also translated to English. The tour of the Machine room... More 

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Antwerp, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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3 of 5 bubbles 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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