Lier, a town of 32,000, is situated southeast of Antwerp at the confluence of the large Nete River and its tributary the small Nete. The area has been continuously inhabited since Gallo-Roman times. Famous Lier natives include the writer Felix Timmermans and the clockmaker Zimmer.
Lier has preserved its sixteenth century ramparts; they have been adapted for walking tours. The Church of St. Gummarus features a spectacular sculpted rood loft, a triptych by Rubens, and an ornate tower built in 1378. Lier's Benguine Convent is one of the largest in Belgium, with 160 buildings.
In 1425, Lier made a fateful decision to opt for a sheep market over a university when presented with the choice by Duke Jan IV of Brabant -- this earned the inhabitants the derisive nickname "sheepheads".
Koningshooikt is a borough within the municipal district of Lier.