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.
La Louvière has a local bus service
La Louvière is reknowed as being an industrial city with little to attract tourists. See Tourist Information website for more details (French and Dutch only)
However one aspect of this industrial heritage is particularly interesting, the Hydrolic Boat Lifts along the Canal du Centre are regarded as one of the finest industrial acheivements 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 FR, NL, EN. Advance booking necessary.
For the 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: 065/36 04 64 - fax: 065/33 57 32.
There are several possibilities to hire boast to travel along the canal