The convenient location of Charleroi has provided this place with the role of the largest transportation hub of European importance. The world-famous airport located here is called Brussels-Charleroi Canal and it connects the city with largest waterways. The role of Charleroi as an important railway junction is also hard to overestimate.
The city’s station, which is located in downtown, is one of the main attractions of Charleroi. It also hosted and Exchange Passage, which became once the country's first shopping arcade. The neoclassical St. Anthony Church is also located in the downtown. You will also enjoy your walk on the picturesque pedestrian Rue de la Montagne. Built in 1936, Hotel de Ville City Hall is topped by the bell tower (74m), and its 47 carillon bells perform a popular melody every 15 minutes. Despite its “young” age this bell tower is included into World Heritage property list by UNESCO.
Among the museums of the city we should definitely advise Archaeological Museum, Museum of Glass, Museum of Photography, Museum of Fine Arts, and more. The latter one exhibits best works of the natives of this city.
The guests of the city are also recommended to explore its surroundings. Monceau-sur-Sambre Castle built in XVII century will be particularly interesting to visitors. However, you can only explore the outside decoration of the castle as entering it is prohibited.