26 Feb 2013
THE ALBERT CANAL IN BRUSSELS
I like to visit the the Albert Canal which is named after King Albert I of Belgium. It connects the major cities Antwerp, Brussels and Liège. It has a depth of 3.4 metres (11 ft), a free height of 6.7 metres (22 ft) and a total length of 129.5 kilometres (80.5 mi). The maximum capacity is a barge of 10,000 tons.
The Albert Canal was dug from 1930-1939. The German construction firm Hochtief AG worked on the canal between 1930 and 1934. It was used for the first time in 1940, but because of World War II, serious use only began in 1946.
During the Second World War the canal functioned as a defense line.
From May to September, "Brussels by water" organises tourist boat trips on the canals.That's a nice way to see the skylines of Brussels, the very flat countryside and other interesting views.