Northeast Belgium

Stand amid the flowerboxes of the Aragonstraat bridge and look southeast for a beautiful perspective on this huge Gothic church with its distinctive clock tower.

It commemorates Lier’s famously hen-pecked founder St-Gummarus, an 8th-century nobleman who saved a child from a python's mouth and made rain with a stroke of his staff. His remains are contained in a grand 1682 silver reliquary in the presbytery.

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1. Zimmertoren

0.18 MILES

Lier’s most iconic monument is the photogenic Zimmertoren, a partly 14th-century tower incorporating a fanciful 1930 timepiece that’s eccentrically…

2. Lier Begijnhof

0.28 MILES

Originally founded in 1258, this Unesco site is one of Belgium’s prettiest 'street' begijnhoven, a picture-perfect grid of cobbled lanes lined with…

3. Stads Museum Lier

0.29 MILES

Undergoing a total renovation at the time of research, this well-endowed provincial art gallery sits behind a classic step-gabled facade and, when…

4. Speelgoedmuseum

7.78 MILES

With 7000 sq metres of dolls, teddies, toys, games and other pastimes, the wonderful Speelgoedmuseum has lots to keep the kids busy. Meanwhile, adults can…

5. Kazerne Dossin

7.83 MILES

The 18th-century Dossin Barracks were used by the Nazis as a WWII deportation centre. Some 25,834 victims (mainly Jewish, 352 Roma) were sent in 28…

6. Hof van Busleyden

7.93 MILES

After years of preparation, Mechelen's historical museum should have reopened by the time you read this, offering state-of-the-art interactive exhibits…

7. Les Mouettes

7.94 MILES

Though relatively modest by Zurenborg standards, Les Mouettes is a classic of art nouveau architecture with its curls of wrought-iron balcony detailing.

8. Mechelen Gerechtsgebouw

7.97 MILES

The city’s step-gabled courthouse was once Margaret of Austria's palace (from 1506). Despite many subsequent alterations, it maintains a gorgeous…