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Charleroi

The center of Charleroi is rich in a striking architectural heritage and is surrounded by natural spaces. But this city also has cultural institutions, theaters and museums, which earned it the nickname "new Berlin".

This undeniably atypical and unconventional city has become a popular destination with many activities. The center has undergone a real metamorphosis in recent years. The lower part of the city changed radically with the arrival of shopping Rive Gauche, the youth hostel, the many restaurants and with the reconstruction of the quays. More redevelopment projects in the upper part of the city and along the ring road are in the pipeline for the coming years.
You can shop extensively, not only in the impressive shopping center, but also in the surrounding streets with their trendy and original boutiques.
In addition, there are the tourist circuits that allow you to discover the hidden treasures of the city: art nouveau, art deco, street art, 350 years of Charleroi, the 'urbex' walks and much more...

Charleroi is best known as the Black Country, but today it is said to be the greenest city in Wallonia. Just climb one of the  thirty slag heaps, and see for yourself!

TO DISCOVER

  • Charleroi Adventure ” by Nicolas Buissart. He invites tough visitors for a very unusual city safari. The artist, a born and raised "Carolo", tells with humor about the black country and takes you on a bizarre walk in the 'abandoned industrial world'

  • The Museum of Photography , located in an old Carmelite monastery

  • The old mining site Bois du Cazier , classified by UNESCO

  • The BPS22 , located in a hall built for the 1911 industrial exhibition, where you can discover modern works of art

  • Take a walk on the trails of Aiseau-Presles, Farciennes, Les Bons Villers or Pont-à-Celles

  • Napoleon's Château de la Paix in Fleurus

  • Climb one of the many slag heaps around Charleroi

  • Go shopping in the imposing Rive Gauche . shopping center

  • Take the 250 stairs of the 70m high Belfry

  • The pottery shed owned by the Dubois family for 14 generations, in Châtelet

  • Take in an exhibition in Rockerill : the blast furnaces of the former factory buildings of La Providence are today an urban center for different (music) cultures

  • Take the train and follow the Charleroi-Marchienne route. During this circuit you will be immersed in an impressive industrial heritage, sublimated by the world of street art

  • The Châteaux of Marchienne and of Monceau (to be discovered during the loop walk of the GR412, the Boucle noire)

  • Virtual flying aboard a Boeing 737 in the European Flight Simulator

  • Be sure to visit the historic town of Thuin , a real open-air museum just 20 minutes from Charleroi

TASTE

  • Le Gré d'or, an aperitif based on lemon peels

  • The different beers including the Sambrée that was conceived in 2016 on the occasion of the 350th anniversary of the city

  • Tomme de Raz Buzée and Rigodon, tasty cheeses 

  • La Gayette de Charleroi, an egg-shaped praline

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