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==Stay safe==
Charleroi is the poorest city in belgium, stay away from the "lower" parts of the city.
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Charleroi is the poorest city in Belgium, stay away from the "lower" parts of the city.
Don't go to neighberhood with alot of graffiti, mostly those are gang controlled.
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Don't go to neighborhoods with a lot of graffiti, those are mostly gang controlled.
The gangs won't likely kill you but they can try to steal you're money.
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The gangs aren't likely to kill you but they can try to steal your money.
Stay the touristic center and you will be safe.
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Stay within the tourist center and you will be safe.
  
 
==Get out==
 
==Get out==

Revision as of 21:36, 5 October 2008

Charleroi is the third largest city in Belgium situated in Wallonia, the French speaking part of Belgium.

Contents

Get in

  • Brussels South Charleroi Airport [1]
  • Charleroi Train Station South (SNCB) [2]- Square des Martyrs du 18 Août, 6000 CHARLEROI Info Phone +32 (0)71 60 22 94 or +32 (0)71 60 23 88

Understand

Charleroi has a strong image of poor, polluted and violent city for the majority of the Belgians. This city is often considered as not attractive at all.

Get around

Charleroi has a half-built metro system, running partly around the centre with two branch lines into the suburbs.

  • TEC Charleroi (City Bus service) Place des Tramways 9 6000 CHARLEROI Info phone +32 (0)71 23 41 11 or +32 (0)71 23 41 15

See

  • Charleroi Expo [3]
  • The Fine Arts Museum - Hotel du Ville, Place du Manege, 6000 Charleroi 32(0)71 86 11 32346
  • Jules Destree Museum - Hotel du Ville, Place du Manege, 6000 Charleroi 32(0)71 86 11 32346

Cinemas

  • Cinéma Le Parc Rue de Montigny 58 2338
  • Cinema Paradiso 4 Place E Buisset

Museums

  • Museum of Photography Charleroi- 11 Avenue Paul Pastur, 6032 Charleroi Tel 32-71-43-58-10, fax: 32-71-36-46-45 e-mail: mpc-info@museephoto.be hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10:00-6:00
  • Centre culturel scientifique de l'ULB [4]
  • Musée des chasseurs à pied [5]
  • Site du bois du Cazier à Marcinelle [6]
  • Musée archéologique
  • Musée du verre [7]
  • Musée des Beaux-Arts [8]

Do

Football

  • Royal Charleroi Sporting Club [9]

Basketball

  • Spirou Charleroi [10]

Buy

Eat

  • Croc Midi - Rue du Calvaire (Centre Commercial du Calvaire), 22a 6041 Gosselies Tél. : 071 35 04 58
  • L'Oliveraie - Rue de la Croix Rouge, 7, 6000 Charleroi Tél. : 071 33 13 33
  • Mille Colonnes - Rue de Marchienne, 6-8, 6000 Charleroi, Tél. : 071 32 05 34
  • Hippopotame - Rue du Comptoir, 4-6-8, 6000 Charleroi, Tél. : 071 32 19 02
  • La Gondola - Place Emile Buisset, 6, 6000 Charleroi, Tél. : 071 31 30 17
  • Le Saint-Exupéry - Chaussée de Fleurus 181 à Gosselies Tél.: 071 35 59 62

Drink

  • Star Rock Cafe - Boulevard Joseph Tirou 122, 6000 CHARLEROI, Tél. : 071.30.28.77

Sleep

Given the short distances to other Belgian cities, most people staying overnight are likely to be passengers at "Brussels South" airport. Unfortunately there are no hotels at the airport terminal itself, and reaching those nearby is difficult without a car.

Unless you have your own transport, the most convenient hotel is the IBIS Charleroi Gare in the city centre[12], just across the river Sambre facing the Gare du Sud and the bus station. Double rooms here start at 59 euros if booked in advance.

The IBIS "Aéroport" is 7km away from the terminal at a motorway junction, and costs the same as the city centre IBIS.

There are two cheaper hotels near the airport. The Formule 1, at junction 22 of the A54 motorway from Brussels[13], costs 38 euros for a triple room with shared shower and toilet. Take bus 42 or 63 from the city centre. The only way to the airport from here is by taxi, hitchhiking, or going back to the centre to take an airport bus.

The new Etap, 2km from the Heppignies exit of the E42 Paris-Liège motorway[14], has ensuite triples starting at 45 euros. Take bus 68 from the centre. This hotel is about 2.5km walk from the airport.

It might be possible to stay overnight in the airport terminal. The Gare du Sud station building is closed for renovation, so don't plan on staying there.

The nearest youth hostels are in Brussels and Namur.

Some hotel addresses:

  • Best Western Charleroi - 1A Boulevard Mayence, 6000 Charleroi
  • IBIS - Charleroi Gare - 12 Quai de Flandre, 6000 Charleroi +32 (0)71 206060
  • IBIS - Charleroi Aéroport - 590 chaussée de Charleroi, 6220 Fleurus +32 (0)71 810130
  • Socatel - Boulevard Tirou 96, 6000 Charleroi +32 (0)71 319811 Fax: + 32 (0)71 301596 [15]
  • Formule 1 - 10 rue de Rosaire, 6041 Gosselies Tel +32 (0)71 372222
  • Etap Charleroi Aéroport - 33 Avenue Jean Mermoz, 6220 Fleurus, +32 (0)71 373632
  • Les Balladins - Route de la Basse Sambre +32 (0)71 420168
  • Le Piersoulx - Rue du Grand Piersoulx, 8, Tel +32 (0)71 356687
Le Piersoulx Hotel

Stay safe

Charleroi is the poorest city in Belgium, stay away from the "lower" parts of the city. Don't go to neighborhoods with a lot of graffiti, those are mostly gang controlled. The gangs aren't likely to kill you but they can try to steal your money. Stay within the tourist center and you will be safe.

Get out

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