The Strepy-Thieu Funicular Lift

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The Strepy-Thieu Funicular Lift

The Strepy-Thieu Funicular Lift
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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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belgianguy1
Bruges, Belgium10,959 contributions
Massive boat lift
May 2021 • Friends
Quite a sight... it's a massive construction, apparently the largest boat lift in the world... it's constructed to bridge a huge difference in height of the canal...open to visit, but for the actual tour inside you need to reserve, courtesy of the covid-19 pandemic...easy and free parking nearby
Written May 8, 2021
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srephan
zwijnd2 contributions
Walk along new and old lifts
Mar 2020
We did a walk in march , lift was not open because it was outside the touristic season. However we enjoyed the walk having a nice view on the lift .
Written March 3, 2020
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Thank you for your commentary ! The boatlifts are indeed very spectacular from outside, but also from inside, where you can discover how they work, and for the Funicular lift you can also see the engineroom, which is very impressive. We hope you'll come back to discover it ! You can also always get information by contacting the reservation team which is always ready to help you for your future visit ! You can call on 0032.78.059.059 or send an email on info@voiesdeau.hainaut.be.
Written March 4, 2020
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account2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga100 contributions
No need to go inside
Sep 2019 • Solo
The websites for here and the Ronquieres tourist site are very poor (the is a very detailed Ronquieres site, but it’s all about the engineering), but basically you can see the lift working from outside for free, as I did, and it’s indeed spectacular. Not sure what you’d gain from paying €8 for the visitor centre.
Written September 17, 2019
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We thank you for your commentary ! We are sorry for our low-websites, but we are now working on it. You can also always get information by contacting the reservation team which is always ready to help you for your future visit ! You can call on 0032.78.059.059 or send an email on info@voiesdeau.hainaut.be. The boatlifts are indeed very spectacular from outside, but also from inside, where you can discover how they work, and for the Funicular lift you can also see the engineroom, which is very impressive. We hope you'll come back to discover it.
Written October 31, 2019
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sammytheshammy2012
Belfast, UK68 contributions
Great relaxing afternoon
Aug 2019
Little train transports you up the canal and then you are gently transported back down by boat. Very interesting to go through the locks and hear some of the history. The museum attached isn't really worth seeing if I'm honest. But it was a good day out. Apparently Fridays are the slackest day to visit.
Written August 18, 2019
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Jill S
Louisville, KY18 contributions
Historic Canal Trip Instead
Aug 2019 • Family
Enjoyed the historic canal trip through historic locks. Be prepared to not have an English translation — but they do have a printed English script you can read in the engine room and on the boat.

Have someone with French or Dutch book your trip!!

We thought we had tickets to ride the big lift, however we had tickets to the very small museum + film (has translators) + historic canal ride. Those were all nice, however we didn’t ride the giant modern canal lift.

You can see it in action though! Plan on time to watch it from the observation deck, even if you don’t book a tour + ride.

Leave 30 or 45 minutes to get down the elevator from the movie + cafe floor. If it is a busy time, people on the top floor have to wait for a free elevator to go down and there are no stairs. We ended up skipping the fossil floor because of the elevator wait time. We also did not see a cafe attendant to buy a drink? Was a nice place to sit with a view.
Written August 14, 2019
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Barbara
1 contribution
3.5 stars, Good but could have been better
Aug 2019
This last week, my family went to the Strepy-Thieu Funicular Lift. We wanted to go on the lift, so we bought tickets for the canal boat ride, engine room tour, and museum tour. First, we went to the engine room. The tour guide gave us a typed copy of her talk in English, then stayed after to ask if we had questions. Next, we went on the canal boat. It was fun, we went through a swing bridge, a drawbridge, and a lift (but not THE lift). The boat let us off at the Strepy Thieu Lift without letting us ride that lift. It was disappointing and not clear from their site or from asking questions when we called to make our reservation. After the canal boat, we decided to check out the museum. Nothing in the museum was translated into English, so we just got to see some pictures. They did have audio translators in English for the movie about the lift (I fell asleep during the movie, and I never fall asleep during movies). When we were finished with the museum, we had to wait over 30 minutes to ride the elevator down (the stairs were locked) which was a bit frustrating. Also, they did have a concession area but no one was working there even though it looked open. My son and I stood there for several minutes, but no one came to help. I did see some people with drinks/food, so maybe it was an extra long break?
Written August 12, 2019
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AndersRoren
Drammen, Norway220 contributions
Fascinating
Jul 2019 • Family
We didn’t visit the visitor centre, only viewed the elevator from the outside. We got to see it operating, which was fascinating.
Written July 7, 2019
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RobertLondon
Tauranga, New Zealand277 contributions
Amazing experience
Apr 2019 • Friends
Took a boat trip with a group of friends here. Its an engineering masterpiece how they lift the boat and the canal the boat sits it so high to continue its journey. Apparently you can visit the engine room, and this would be worth a visit before boarding the boat.

Highly recommended.
Written April 29, 2019
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Jane W
Rugby, UK521 contributions
Wow! Spectacular
Apr 2019 • Couples
Found by pure chance - we’d parked our motorhome on the free aire near the Marina and you can’t help but see this spectacular feat of engineering! It dwarfs it predecessor, which is near the Marina and equally interesting. Had a pleasant walk along the canal to take a closer look, not sure whether we could enter. Luckily for us a barge passed us on its way to the lift so we were able to watch it rise 73m - fascinating.
There’s a viewing gallery on the fifth floor and an exhibition on floor eight for a few euro. The accompanying video (English audio guide given) was extremely interesting and covered how the lift came into being. Most of the exhibits were in French and another language so not easy to follow. Well worth seeing though.
Spent a couple of hours in the area and so pleased we saw it in action.
Can recommend, even for the non technically minded.
Written April 9, 2019
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Ankanyi
Bruges, Belgium520 contributions
An absolute must see!
Aug 2018 • Couples
An absolute must see if you are travelling through Belgium. This boat lift is a tourist attraction in its own right. We really enjoyed this impressive construction and a superb panorama of the site and the region.
Written September 25, 2018
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