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The four hydraulic boat-lifts on this short stretch of the historic Canal du Centre are industrial monuments of the highest quality. Together with the canal itself and its associated structures, they constitute a remarkably well-preserved and complete example of a late-19th-century industrial landscape. Of the eight hydraulic boat-lifts built at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century, the only ones in the world which still exist in their original working condition are these four lifts on the Canal du Centre.
As much as it pains us to say, now is not the best time to be boarding that plane, boat or train. More and more countries are going into COVID-19 lockdown and closing their borders, which is making it virtually impossible to travel anyway. You can track the current coronavirus right now.
We've written a very extensive guide filled with insightfull comments and handy tips and tricks about all the aspects to traveling in Belgium. We've summarized the most critical things below, but you can discover more information in our detailed guide to Belgium.
Corruption: Belgium has a corruption score of 25 out of 100.
If your itinerary runs through Belgium, you're pretty safe. According to Transparency International, Belgium is one of the least corrupt nations around the world.
Belgium is not concidered to be a dangerous country, with a Global Peace Index of 1.53 out of 4.
This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, murder rate, and ease of access to small arms and light weapons.
Tap Water: It's safe to drink tap water.
Drinking age: The minimum age for drinking in La Louvière is 16.
On- and off-premise age minimum is 16 for beer and wine/18 for spirits.
Age of Consent: 16 years.
Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is legalized in Belgium since 2003.
Belgium scores a 9/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.
Driving: Right-hand traffic.
Power adapters and converters: 230 V (50 Hz), Plug C / E
Weather: Currently overcast clouds, with a temperature between 8.9 and 10°C (48 and 50°F)
Pollution (PM2.5 fine dust particles): 12.89 µg/m3
PM2.5 Fine dust particulates can be carried deep into the lungs where they can cause inflammation and a worsening of the condition of people with heart and lung diseases. The smaller the particles the deeper they travel into the lungs, with more potential for harm. Note that the World Health Organisation's guideline value is 20 µg/m3. So you have nothing to worry about when travelling to Belgium.