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Lier Highlights

  • Pro
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     Lovely, cosy, city to walk, cycle 

  • Con
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     No cons at all 

  • In a nutshell
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     Het Brugge van de Kempen 

Lier Things to Do

  • Lier - Little Brugge

    Lier is known as Little Brugge and that is because of the beautiful canals here. I must say that having visited both places.....I found Lier's canals more quaint....and that is because they are not as touristy as the ones found in Brugge. Lier will always be special to me for a number of reasons....and my first sighting of Europe canals is one of...

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  • Beguinage - Old Houses in Lier Belgium

    I first learnt about the Beguinage here on vt. When doing research there is nothing like vt for first hand info from people that have been there, lived there...and done that.A big thank you to Dannie (irisbe) for showing us around! It's people like you that vt value!!...and us travelers appreciate immensly.This is also a 'must see' when visiting...

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  • Why is Lier full of Sheep Heads?

    I'm sure you have read this in my travelogue but I feel it is a must see whilst visiting Lier. The statue here of the sheep and herder has an interesting story. Aparently the residents of Lier have the nicname of 'Sheep's heads' due to the fact that in the old days they were asked to choose between being in charge of a cattle market or a...

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  • Zimmer Tower - Zimmertoren

    You can't miss this icon when visiting Lier. The Zimmer Clock is quite something!! It commands a prestige spot in the centre of town and demads your attention :o)The interesting story of the Zimmertoren is on the website below.

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  • Canal boat trip

    De Moedige Bootvissers will take you on a short (half an hour) canal boat upon the Kleine Nete, the original small river going through Lier but now kept between locked gates.It is really nice and relaxing.Making arrangements : Taverne 't Schaeckbert, Zimmerplein 12 te Lier, tel +32 (0)3 480 66 40.The guide is the one sailing the boat but if you...

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  • The Zimmer tower

    The Zimmer tower is a wonder of technic, not the tower itself, but the clock that was built buy the Lier clockmaker Louis Zimmer (1888-1970). He built this Jubilee clock for the world fair in 1939 at New York. You can see and visit this clock in the pavilion next to the tower.It's almost inbeleavable what you can read on this clock, like off course...

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  • Absinth - Top quality lounge bar

    I just loooove this place! This is Lier's first lounge bar and it even better than most of the lounge bars in big cities like Antwerp of Brussels.Expect a menu with fingerfood, cocktails and top-class delicaties.Closed on monday and tuesday. I always take the veal as a starter and the Black tiger scampi with cocomilk and Baileys as a main dish.......

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  • Baja Sardinia

    Baja Sardinia is one of those Italian pizzeria/restaurants that are all over Belgium (and Europe, I guess). Their pasta's are OK and the pizza's looked good too. However, when we first came here, maybe 10 years ago, we had a much better impression of this restaurant. The menu had some very special Sardinian dishes, now everything on the menu is as...

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  • A so typical real Belgian restaurant

    The food was very good and not expensive. The surroundings were pleasant and there were lots of people using the place, a good sign! It would have to be Stoofvlees and chips as that is real Belgian food. For me it is good because I have had it all my life and it is like home cooking! (only nowadays I am not so inclined to eating meat much)

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Lier Nightlife

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  • Absinth - Top quality lounge bar!

    I just loooove this place! This is Lier's first lounge bar and it even better than most of the lounge bars in big cities like Antwerp of Brussels.Expect a menu with fingerfood, cocktails and top-class delicaties.Closed on monday and tuesday. Nothing is forbidden, it's just that most of the people you see, dress themselves classy or funky.

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  • Jazzkroegentocht - Pub crawl

    Every year on the 10th of november, the entire city of Lier rocks!We organize a pub crawl with live music : count on 15 bands playing the best they've got.Two weeks before the programme is anounced : I'll let you know later.

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  • Vestconcerten - Live music in green...

    During summer vacations (july and august) Lier rocks.You can enjoy live music on thursday evenings (8 pm - midnight), every week there's another band, playing rock, salsa, ....Free entrance, free seats (if there are left), food and drinks available at low cost.

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Lier Transportation

  • trains

    Take the train to Lier and enjoy some belgium beers, you can drink and go back by train.........There are also special tickets from belgian rail, they include a rental bike for a day. It is a great area to cycle, there are 4 cycle routes from the Lier station.

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  • Free busservice

    All the buses in Lier are free for everyone : enjoy it.In the city centre you can get a bus every 15 minutes (30 min. during weekends), there are several options : just ask the driver, check the website below or mail me.

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  • touristic ride

    When we walked up to the Zimmer tower we saw this red train pass by. Didn't take it, but you can probably get more info about it at the touristinfo office.

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Lier Shopping

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  • Lier - Open-air city mall

    Lier is great city for shopping. What makes it so special is the (almost) absence of those mega-shops you find in every city on the western hemisphere. Lier is packed with little, original shops. So, explore and spend in 5 km connected shoppingstreets.Every now and then, all the shops are opened on sunday afternoon. When?* 17 october 2004* 12...

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  • pigeons

    Every sunday there is a large pigeon market at the central marketsquare in Lier.People from all over the world come here to buy pigeons from belgian pigeon breeders.The pigeon on sale are juvenile with papers of how great flyers there parents are, or older ones that have their own medals.If you are looking for soup-pigeons you are on the wrong...

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  • Shopping

    I only know of one shopping street in Lier, but I am sure there are more. The Antwerpsestraat is the connecting street between the station and the Grote Markt and here you will find all the major shops that can be found in other cities too. Especially cloths and shoes.

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Lier Local Customs

  • Beer of course: the CAVES

    Beer of course: the CAVESThis very natural beer without additives, or conservative dyes resembles in many aspects has the Gueuze (more famous beer)This is a beer of high fermentation posting 5.8 ° of alcohol, of amber color, enough acid will astonish more of an amateur. She does not consume herself (to my knowledge) anywhere else that in the region...

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  • Lierse vlaaikes

    If you are visiting Lier, then try out one of their local specialities: Lierse vlaaikes.It is a small cake made with bread and sugar and cinnamon and different kind of spices.Now it might look small and some people look disappointed, expecting it to be a big cake, but don’t get fooled! This little piece of cake is really filling.What can I say...

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  • Markets

    The old tradition to buy on the market instead of a shop, lives on in Lier :* weekly marketevery saturday morning you'll find dozens of market stalls on the Grote Markt, Eikelstraat and Zimmerplein. No need to go to a shop, everything you'll need, you'll find here.* fish marketevery thursday morning on the Vismarkt (on the Grote Markt walk toward...

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Lier Warnings and Dangers

  • "Souvenirs" from the Wars

    Lier:"Souvenirs" from the Wars Even if this is not as current as in of other places in Belgium (West-Flanders) it happen that shells date back to the surface at the time of works of garbage collections, or of works of the fields. At the time of this discovery kind, the shells are deposited in road edge, while waiting for to be collected by the...

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  • Slippery when wet!

    The entire city centre of Lier is tiled with tiles, pebbles, ...They want that the sidewalks and the roads look as authentic as possible. Which is a nice thing to do, it brings a cosy athmosphere in the city... but... when it rains (and it rains a lot) those materials can get really slippery.Just watch out!

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  • You don't see us!

    ... but we sure see you! This tunnel is under permanent supervision!That is what is written at this sign.It is hanging at a pedestrian tunnel that connects the free parking space at the other side of the train station and the other side.It gives you a little security feeling eh? `-)

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Lier Tourist Traps

  • The merge of the rivers

    The tourist office placed a sign to indicate the merge of the rivers 'Kleine Nete' and 'Grote Nete' to the river 'Nete'.Unfortunaly, they placed it wrong... some 100 meter in fact! How to go to the merge :leave the beguinage on the Vestenturn left till the little bridgethat point is the real mergethe 'Kleine Nete' comes floats under the bridge,...

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  • WW I - black pages of Lier's history

    In WW I, Lier was so heavily damaged that there were only two buildings that survived... our beloved St-Gummaruskerk and the city hall.Even the St-Pieterskapel, still called the oldest building of Lier, is rebuild. Maybe the biggest mistake they made, is the Vleeshuis on the Grote Markt. Originally it was a normal house, after the war they gave it...

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Lier Off The Beaten Path

  • The public toilet

    Well, we all have to go. In this case is at a little side street called Brouwerijstraat, where you find all comfort.

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  • birth house of Louis Zimmer

    In this house Louis Zimmer , the famous clockmaker, was born. It is a simple house as he was born from poor parents.He was a selfmade man in clockmaking and astronomy.

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  • memorial chapel

    This little chapel is placed next to the memorial plaque which commemorate the political victims of the war.It is located near the veste just off the Mechelse straat.

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Lier Sports & Outdoors

  • Sightjogging

    Sightjogging is for everyone who loves running. While running a guide shows you the landmarks in Lier and tells you historical facts. More info to find about this at the tourist office. Sporting clothes, Running shoes.

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  • Bicycle tour

    You can get various brochures at the touristic info in Lier. (side entrence of city hall)Cycle on the 'vesten' (green border of the city) or the dykes of the rivers 'Kleine Nete', 'Grote Nete' and 'Nete'.Just beautiful.If you're cycling the dykes, you can also visit the town Nijlen. Bring your bike with you or rent one at the trainstation.

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  • Town Map + USEFUL LINKS

    OK, here's the the town map of Lier. Not shown is the fortress at the Fortweg at the South-East side of town.Lier mapCity Counsil pageLier Tourism websiteLier Start PageLier wiki Info

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  • Cadetje - Soldier Statue

    Take a walk around the outer city wall ring on the "Timmermanspad".There are several statues along the route.One of the statues is called "Cadetje" located at the Davidsvest opposite the Dungelhoeff barracks, the former Army School of Cadets.The statue was made by officer Officier Micheline van Sevenant, guided by sculptor Roland Rens.

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  • Saint Gumarus church

    This is a picture of the Saint Gumarus church in Lier.It is a very nice and historical church you can visit (if you pay admission).It has the most beautiful and biggest organs in Belgium and I once had the honour to be up there to hear and see the young organist playing. But that was not what I was intending to explain here.I wanted to tell you...

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