Welcome to Charleroi
Welcome to Charleroi - The city of tradition
Charleroi is a French-speaking city in Belgium , located in the Walloon Region, on the Sambre. It is the largest city in Wallonia , and the third largest city of Belgium.
This town is an important intersection of motorway, rail and river, it is the door to the Ardenne, and enjoys a privileged location with fifty kilometers south of Brussels , capital of Europe and a hundred kilometers east of Lille.
Charleroi is an industrial center : steel , glass , chemicals, electrical engineering , mechanical engineering.
The city of Charleroi has an important cultural dimension through its many museums and theaters. She has seen the emergence of many talents of cartoonists led by his famous school of Marcinelle characters whose statues adorn the city . Charleroi is an important educational center .
Information and Facts
Some visitors might be surprised to trying to choose a bar that might satisfy their expectations.
“La Cuve a biere” placed on Boulevard Bertrand sells a good range of belgian beer, with good atmosphere particulary at weekends, situated quite close to all other small bars or eateries.
“The Star Rock Café” on Boulevard Tirou is an American pub with rock music which can gather inside and party till morning. Other bars where people go to drink, chat and have a good time are: “Le Coliseum”, “LeTunnel de la Salsa”, “the Irish Times Pub”, “Le Bahamas” or “Chez Walter”.
You will find few nightclubs in Charleroi, situated near the station or on Place du Manege.
The shopping mall Ville 2, here's where to come to buy clothes. You can get groceries here too at Champion, but you can also eat inside.
“Rue de la Montagne” it is the main shopping street in Charleroi, you can find famous stores like H&M, C&A, and Inno.
The large diverse heritage of the region deserves special attention. These include the Basilica of Saint Kitts and impressive glass mosaic 200 m², Castle of Monceau-sur-Sambre, with a park of 67 hectares or Castle Trazegnies.
Charleroi is also proud of the belfry of the Hotel de Ville, magnificent representative of Art Deco and the walk of the Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse.
Museum of Photography has established itself as the largest in Europe and the Museum of Fine Arts offers a panorama of art as Pierre Paulus, Constantin Meunier, Delvaux, Magritte.
Standard time zone: UTC/GMT +1 hour
It is a temperate oceanic climate like for the whole western part of Belgium, due to the proximity of the Atlantic Ocean that regulates time through the thermal inertia of its waters. It is influenced by either soft damp air masses from the ocean, either by dry air masses (hot in summer and cold in winter) from within the European continent.
Charleroi is composed of 71 bus lines and 4 metro lines.