The Hydraulic Lifts of the Historic Canal du Centre
Cantine des Italiens
Rue Tout-Y-Faut 90
7110 HOUDENG-GOEGNIES (LA LOUVIERE)
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Come and visit the famous historic Canal du Centre and its timeless engineering structures classified as UNESCO world heritage sites.
The swing bridge, lifts, drawbridge and Engine room and more have been noted by UNESCO.
There are many ways you can discover the richness of this exceptional site, for example a trip by boat and tourist train, including a crossing on these timeless structures with a guided tour of an engine room.
Also, the fun exhibition "Engineer Clark's fabulous machine" will teach you about the history of the lifts and how they work.
Once a witness of post-war immigration, the Cantine des Italiens now houses a museum of Italian immigration and a restaurant.
Please note: no boating on the Sundays in March or Easter Sunday.
Opening times and boat trips are subject to change.
Trips are possible in French, Dutch, English and German on request.
Last ticket sales: 15 minutes before departure.
Mini train ride, guided tour of an engine room and guided boat trip with crossing of one or more hydraulic lifts. Two journeys per day departing from the Cantine des Italiens (ticket office): 10am & 2pm.
Duration: approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes.
Return journey + unguided tour of the Strépy-Thieu boat lift.
Duration: 4 hours (transport between the two sites not included).
Information and booking
Individuals: Cantine des Italiens - Ticket office
Tel: +32 (0)78 05 90 59 - E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Groups (min. 20 people): Sales department - Group bookings
Tel: +32(0)78 05 90 59 - E-mail : email@example.com
Meal bookings: "La Cantine des Italiens" Restaurant
Tel: +32(0)64 84 78 32 - E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Booking is highly recommended.
It is difficult for disabled people to access the boats.
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