The Liermolen site is located in the middle of the green Maalbeek Valley. The exhibition and café is temporarily closed (2024-2025) due to restoration works.

The Liermolen is a grain water mill on the Maalbeek. Originally it was owned by the de Lire family. In 1341 it was bought by Grimbergen Abbey. The current mill building dates from the 17th and 18th century.

In 1976 the Municipality of Grimbergen bought the whole and since 1980 the Liermolen has been protected and in use as a department of the MOT. The mill was thoroughly restored in 1977 and 2016, the bakehouse in 1987 and 2019. We organised a pop-up café in the summer of 2021 and 2023. 

There are milling demos at regular intervals in the milling watermill.

Baking is done in the baker's oven of the bakehouse during Atelier Bread, workshops and other public activities.

Temporarily closed

The classroom for, among other things, school studios and workshops

Natural play area with clambering course and water pump.

Provides shelter for winnowing during the Atelier Brood separating the wheat from the chaff.

Beehive shelter
Here our beekeeping volunteers give beekeeper demos at regular intervals. Built during our first half-timbering class in 2019.

Animal pasture
Meet our goats.

Café Liermolen
Temporarily closed

Walking and cycling routes


Together with the MOT, the municipality of Grimbergen is working on the restoration and tourist development of the Liermolen. We successfully submitted a file for the revival call 'Heritage and Tourism' for tourist development and repurposing of heritage sites. Flanders has reserved a budget of more than half a million euros for this project. With this support, the entire mill site can be thoroughly tackled.

The last architectural interventions date from 1977 and are visibly outdated. Urgent problems such as leaking roofs and lack of rainwater drainage are being addressed. There is a need for more comfort and accessibility. We integrate sustainable interventions in waste and rainwater processing, thermal insulation, energy savings, etc. 

Architects ARCH & TECO drew up the plans in close consultation with the municipality, the MOT and the Real Estate Agency. The heritage values are carefully preserved, restored and enhanced. Some buildings are being given a new purpose.

Miller's house becomes unique heritage accommodation

The former miller's house is being expertly restored and given a new tourist purpose as heritage accommodation. Separate utilities are installed and interventions are made for comfort and fire safety. When furnishing the holiday home, we focus on the life and work of the last miller. The existing heritage elements will be preserved as much as possible.

Tourist reception
The barn is being thoroughly restored while retaining the historic division of threshing floor and the storage area. Inside, stacked “boxes” will form a new exhibition space. Only the boxes are closed so that the barn retains its open character. Public activities can take place on the open threshing floor, such as workshops, study days, performances and events. This layout is a sustainable solution for having to heat less space. New, accessible sanitary facilities will be provided in the side wing of the barn. The arches at the current entrance will be closed with glass and equipped as a tourist reception and information point for the Maalbeek Valley.

 Accessible yard and café terrace

The café, where the cowshed once was, is being thoroughly renovated, better equipped and made more accessible according to contemporary standards of safety, comfort and accessibility. The café terrace will be redesigned to create more flexible seating. After the restoration, a new concessionaire will be appointed.

The attic above the former pig stables will be converted into a hiker's hut. The Liermolen is located on a GR path and on the route to Compostella and is part of the Brabantse Kouters walking network and the Green Belt cycle route. We offer a new, original place to sleep for pilgrims and backpackers in one of the most beautiful places of Grimbergen.

The yard is the connecting factor between all buildings. It will be redeveloped with respect for the historical layout. The level differences are eliminated to ensure safe access and better circulation for visitors, walkers and cyclists. New plantings provide more greenery and rainwater is collected and reused. From the yard you can enter the barn through the large gate. The reception will also have direct access to the yard. This will be a connecting place that invites visitors and passers-by to pause and relax.


 the MOT, Location Liermolen - Vorststraat 8, 1850 Grimbergen
02 270 81 11 or
Call for old photos
Do you have any old photos of the Liermolen and its surroundings? If so, give us a call, we would be happy to scan them.
pleinairists at the Liermolen - from the Marleen Mertens Archive

© Acta - KIK-IRPA, Brussels (Belgium). Before 1971

Liermolen around 1975 © Archive Abbey Grimbergen
Liermolen after 1977 © Archive Abbey Grimbergen

© André Berten 29-04-2024

Miller Van deuren at the waterwheel (From the archive of Marleen Mertens)

© Hersleven, Jacques - KIK-IRPA, Brussels (Belgium). Presumably 1960s

© André Berten 29-04-2024

Horse stable Liermolen 1960-1970, © Fam. Van Deuren.

© André Berten 29-04-2024