Charleroi is primarily an industrial centre, but it’s packed with culture and surprises too. It’s the Walloon capital of the comic strip – one of Belgium’s national obsessions. This is where cartoon heroes like the Smurfs and Lucky Luke were first unleashed on the world.
Charleroi’s Rich Heritage
Did you know that Charleroi, together with Liège, is the Walloon town with the most Art Nouveau buildings? As you wander through the historic centre of Charleroi, you come across many beautiful Art Nouveau façades, such as the Maison Dorée and the Maison Lafleur. The Pays de Charleroi tourist office gives guided tours on all subjects to suit all tastes.
Don't miss the belfry, Charleroi’s UNESCO world heritage site, and its remarkable Museum of Photography, the largest photography museum in Europe
Charleroi’s Mining Past
Charleroi was once a mining city, and the Bois du Cazier, which was added to the UNESCO world heritage list in 2012, bears witness to this today. At the Bois du Cazier, you'll find three museums illustrating the region's ancestral and industrial past: the Mining Museum, the Glass Museum and the Industry Museum.
Coalmining is also reflected in its preserved slagheaps, which now have microclimates that nourish diversified landscapes, making it a popular destination for flora and fauna walks.