A little town, with a lot to offer
Favorite thing: Lier, it's not a big city, no a large town. With just more then 30.000 inhabitants it belongs to the mediocre towns in Belgium, but ... it used to be an important town in medieval times. This town, built on the banks of the river Mede, had access to the sea and was therefor blossoming with it's contacts to all over the world. However, like many Flanders towns, the harbour sanded and was closed. Industry abondened Lier and a hard time was ahead. This however resulted in the preservation of the many monumental buildings within the center. There where the housingcosts are high, because many want to live in a certain place, makes also investments higher. Then tearing an old house down is not that special, but in Lier the houses were restored as they were as the people that stayed were not (anymore) that wealthy. Until recent times of course. Now we realise how important this heritage is and try hard and against enormous costs to keep the magnificent historic buildings in shape.
Fondest memory: When I just have an extra hour to spend after buisness in belgium, I choose often central situated Lier for a walk and a lovely hour of optimal relaxation in one of the most beautiful environments on earth.
Fondest memory: The former town wall is a great tree-lined footpath with statues, benches and parkland for a nice walk around town.
- Hiking and Walking
Favorite thing: Lier is situated at the place where the small and the large Nete come together. Or like the famous writer Felix Timmermans said: where the three twisting nethen make a silver knot.
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