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.























11 comments:

Linens and Royals said...

Beautiful pictures, I love canals.

ladyfi said...

How lovely! There's something very peaceful about canals.

Gemma Wiseman said...

Amazing views of this long and interesting canal! Love all the colours and how close the buildings are to the edge!

Cezar and Léia said...

Wonderful article about this important and busy canal in Brussels.
You got fantastic shots and what a lovely sunny day, so nice feeling to see the lovely canal, the boats, and mainly the blue perfect sky!
Well done, it's a great post!
Léia

diane b said...

The canals of Europe never cease to amaze me and this one is beautiful too.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I loved this post! We live on a canal, but it is just a little bit smaller and narrower than this one (LOL...ours is so narrow that we can talk to the people across it without raising our voice...and there's barely room for two small boats across from each other).

We love boats and the water though..and those are some super serious boats there! Lovely pictures.

Sylvia K said...

I do love the European canals and what terrific captures for the day, Gattina! Beautiful!! I also love your blue, blue skies. Hope your week is going well!! Enjoy!

Gary said...

Great tour!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

A Lady's Life said...

I love Canals. I think I would live in a boat if I had a Nice Canal like that to put a boat in.

eileeninmd said...

It would be nice to take a tour of these canals and see the skyline and Brussels. Great shots! Thanks for sharing your world, have a happy day!

Ann said...

I like that white and red boat.