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Boat rides

From the water you discover hidden corners

Old eel-fishing boats operated by the Koninklijke Moedige Bootvissers (Royal Company of Brave Boat Fishermen) ply the Nete waters, offering tourists a different perspective on the hidden scenic locations.

In the past the fishermen used these barges without engine and sails to fish for ee. At night they would drift with the tide towards Duffel.

While sailing they dropped a square net that was lifted diagonally by the stream. That is how eels swimming against the stream were caught. Every 5 minutes the net was hoisted using a wheel. This unique method to Lier is called 'palingdraaien' or 'eel turning'.

In 1974 this fishing method was prohibited by law.

But in 1979 the Moedige Bootvissers decided to convert their barges and use them for tourist cruises.

De Nete

The Nete

Lier, where the three Netes meet

Lier is located at the spot where the Grote Nete and the Kleine Nete meet.

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Vismarkt

Fish market

Going, going... gone!  

The fresh fish used to be transported to Lier along the Nete in the typical flat-bottomed barges and sold at...

Departures

1 April-31 October

  • Saturday, Sunday & Bank holidays 14.00-18.00 
    ! no boats on 1 May and 11 October
  • in July & August daily departure at 14.00-17.30
  • duration 45 min.

Rates

  • EUR 4 per person
  • children 2-12 y  EUR 2
  • flat rate per boat 2-10 people EUR 40
    + 4 EUR per additional participant
  • cocktail on board EUR 3 p.p. 

Ticket sale and boarding point Jan Hendrickx-steiger, Schapenkoppenstraat

contact De Koninklijke Moedige Bootvissers vzw
website
tel. +32 3 480 80 75
tel. +32 485 84 58 21

 

 

 

Opening times

1 November to 31 March
Monday to Friday: 9.00 - 12.30 & 13.30 - 16.30

1 April to 31 October
Monday to Friday: 9.00 - 16.30
Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays: 9.00 - 12.30 & 13.00 - 16.00

Grote Markt 58, 2500 LIER
tel. +32 3 8000 555