Welcome to Charleroi
Charleroi has seen dramatic transformations in the last few years. Alongside ambitious architectural projects, new galleries, restaurants and stores have opened, while redesigned urban spaces have made the city centre more pedestrian friendly – all the better to see some of Charleroi's unsung art deco beauties. There are also a couple of great museums on the city's outskirts.
While things have improved, there's still a fair bit of industrial blight – remnants of hard times the city experienced after its steel and coal industries fell into decline in the 1970s.