Charleroi for the very first time

Charleroi for the very first time
Roxane Casula
Roxane Casula
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Charleroi (in walloon "Châlèrwè") is a French-speaking city in Belgium, located in the Walloon Region, Hainaut province, on the Sambre river. The city does not have the best reputation but is filled of cultural and fun activities to see and do. Charleroi has seen the birth of heroes of the 9th art, the comic strip. It is the cradle of the Dupuis publishing house, whose statues of the characters adorn the town. Charleroi is rich in culture, street art, entertainment venues, museums and sports infrastructure. There are several nice little bars, cocktails bars and very good restaurants and French fries shops. There is also the airport brussels-charleroi located in Gosselies with low cost company. It can be reached by bus from Charleroi-sud station.

Train station of Charleroi-Sud
Train station of Charleroi-Sud

Walk in the city

Comics heroes

While walking through Charleroi, you will discover 3 important comic strip heroes:

Boule and Bill on the roundabout of Boulevard de Frans Dewandre.

Statue de Boule et Bill
Statue de Boule et Bill
Boulevard Joseph II, 6000 Charleroi, Belgique

Lucky Luke and his horse Jolly Jumper in the park Astrid. In summer, the park welcomes the "Quartier d'été" to take a break with animations, music, good people, good food and good drinks.

Statue de Lucky Luke
Statue de Lucky Luke
Rue Willy Ernst, 6000 Charleroi, Belgique
Parc Reine Astrid
Parc Reine Astrid
Reine Astrid, Rue du Parc 12, 6000 Charleroi, Belgique

Spirou and Fantasio accompanied by Spip, the squirrel, are located on the Avenue du Général Michel.

Statue de Spirou et Fantasio
Statue de Spirou et Fantasio
Avenue du Général Michel, 6000 Charleroi, Belgique

And for everything related to comics, you can visit the 9th art gallery "Le Palais du bas".

Galerie "Palais du Bas"
Galerie "Palais du Bas"
Rue de Marcinelle 27, 6000 Charleroi, Belgique

Mainsquare

City Hall Charleroi © Léandre Gohy
City Hall Charleroi © Léandre Gohy

In the Upper Town, when you go up the "Rue de la Montagne" to go shopping, you will discover the Place de Charleroi where there is an Art Deco jewel, the City Hall as well as the belfry and its 275 steps where you can enjoy a beautiful view of the city. A magnificent place that houses giant marble sculptures and statues, and beautiful staircases and rooms. The entrance is free.

Shopping

Shops in the street of the Mountain (Rue de la Montagne)
Shops in the street of the Mountain (Rue de la Montagne)

For shopping enthusiasts, many shops are listed in Charleroi-centre, as well as shopping centres in the surrounding area. For book lovers, you can discover on the "Boulevard Joseph Tirou" the Molière bookstore. And speaking of reading, an interesting place that combines relaxation, books and drinks is the café Livre ou Verre.

Street Art in Charleroi

In 2014, international street art stars invested in Charleroi to participate in the first urban art biennial "Asphalt". Initiated by BPS22, a contemporary creative space in the Province of Hainaut, the project includes eleven monumental frescos, created in the city centre, as well as dozens of other smaller interventions. They dot the city that aspires to become the capital of urban art. You can find all the information about the Biennale Asphalte as well as the visitor's guide on the BPS22 museum website. You can read my story dedicated to this event and urban style in Charleroi "Street Art in Charleroi".

Steve Powers’ work on the facade of Charleroi Expo
Steve Powers’ work on the facade of Charleroi Expo
Maya Hayuk’s work at Géode, Charleroi Expo © Leslie Artamonow
Maya Hayuk’s work at Géode, Charleroi Expo © Leslie Artamonow
HuskMitNavn’s work at Corbeau School © Leslie Artamonow
HuskMitNavn’s work at Corbeau School © Leslie Artamonow
Sozyone Gonzalez’s work in the square between rue de Marchienne and rue du Moulin © Leslie Artamonow
Sozyone Gonzalez’s work in the square between rue de Marchienne and rue du Moulin © Leslie Artamonow
BPS22 - Musée d'art de la Province du Hainaut
BPS22 - Musée d'art de la Province du Hainaut
Boulevard Solvay 22, 6000 Charleroi, Belgique

Cinemas and gaming area

In Charleroi, there are also several trendy and cultural places as well as many theaters. Le Quai10 has 5 cinemas and a wide variety of screenings. The concept is a quality cinema, in original version with subtitles. This ultra contemporary structure contains a gaming area with video games. Pathé Charleroi is a more common cinema.

See you in the 2 part of "Surprises of Charleroi", for music, culture, bars and local products.

Bisous bisous my friends of Charleroi

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Roxane Casula

Roxane Casula

I'm Roxy, a nature, art, traveling, music and party lover from Belgium. i am playful to discover all the beauties and different cultures of our little blue earth.

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