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Le Canal du Centre

La Louvière is a city in Wallonia, Belgium.

Get in

Trains run to La Louvière from many destinations, it is approximately 30 minutes from Brussels

La Louvière is easily accessible by car, situated just off the E19 Road.

The nearest airports are in Brussels and Charleroi.

Get around

La Louvière has a local bus service


les ascenseurs hydrauliques

La Louvière is an industrial city with little to attract tourists. However one aspect of this industrial heritage is particularly interesting, the Hydraulic Boat Lifts along the Canal du Centre are regarded as one of the finest industrial achievements in Europe and as such have been placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The four lifts are along the canal between La Louvière and Mons they are well signposted from the main road as les ascenseurs hydrauliques. Les Cantine des Italiens near lift 1 has a small museum and offers boat trips along the canal. The pump house at lift 3 has a small exhibition and welcome center.

Guided tours in French, Dutch, and English. Advance booking is necessary.

  • Italian Canteen, E19/E42, exit 21 "Le Roeulx", follow the signs "Ascenseur n°1 Cantine des Italiens"
  • For Bracquegnies, E19/E42, exit 21 "Le Roeulx", follow the signs "Ascenseur n°3 Salle des Machines".

Reservation and information: "Voies d'Eau du Hainaut", Rue des Clercs 31, 7000 Mons - tel: +32 65 36-04-64 - fax: +32 65 33-57-32.


There are several possibilities to hire boats to travel along the canal.





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