The boat lift of Strépy-Thieu

Reservations are open! Call 0032 78/059 059 every day between 9 am and 5 pm.

Visit the largest boat lift in Europe!

Put into service at the dawn of the 2000s, the funicular lift of Strépy-Thieu is one of the most beautiful technological feats of modern Belgian civil engineering. Located at the heart of the European river network, this structure of titanic dimensions allows the new generations of inland waterway vessels to cross a 73.15 metre difference in height, making it the largest boat lift in Europe!

Interpretation centre "Waterways of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow".

Self-guided tour / Duration: approx. 1 hour.

Follow the history of Belgian inland navigation from 1830 to the present day and discover the rich river heritage that surrounds us! Shipbuilding, navigation techniques, but also works from here and around the world, not forgetting the many advantages of the waterways for the future, as well as an explanatory film on the construction and operation of the funicular lift! Finally, enjoy an exceptional view of the gigantic engine room and the surrounding area from the top of the structure!

From Wednesday 10 June until the end of October, Tuesday to Sunday.
From 10 am to 6 pm (last visits at 5 pm).

The boat ride on the funicular lift is not offered this year.

Conditions COVID-19

Watch out !

The exhibition is accessible ONLY by reservation.

To make a reservation, please contact our sales department on +32 78 05 90 59 or by e-mail: - accessible every day from 9am to 5pm.

No group visits, except for members of a bubble of 15 people, with a maximum of 5 people at a time, in order to ensure a safe distance between visitors.

Payment is by credit card only.

Wearing a mask is compulsory, if you do not have one, personalised masks in the colours of the Canal du Centre will be on sale.

Pets are not allowed.  Bateaux électriques sur le Canal du Centre historique


With the support of Sofico-SPW


  • Adult
  • 13-18 ans/60+/Family size
  • Child (4 à 12 ans)
  • 0 - 3 ans

Ascenseur de Strépy-Thieu, Rue Raymond Cordier 50, 7070 Thieu

Our other visits

The Sloping Lock of Ronquières

The Historic Canal du Centre

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