Alden Biesen Castle

Rijkhoven, Belgium

The knights of the Teutonic Order originally founded the Alden Biesen commandery in the 11th century, but the current buildings were constructed between the 16th and 18th centuries. It was the headquarters of a bailiwick or province of the Teutonic Order in the region of the Maas and Rhine. On 8 March 1971 the building burnt down and was acquired by the government and restored. In addition to the moated castle, the complex contains a church and gardens.

The castle is used today as a cultural centre and conference centre. Festivals such as the Scottish weekend or the International Story Festival are held there.

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Founded: 16th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Belgium

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Luis Perfetti (2 months ago)
Beautiful location and gardens. Sadly we couldn't visit the castle inside as it needs a pre booked guide. But the grounds are beautiful to see
Paul Vanlook (9 months ago)
Great historic place, beautiful restored, scenic gardens. Beautiful church and infodesk. Food places near by. Big parking lot.
Brian C (14 months ago)
One of the best places to go for a early morning walk. Beautiful everyday routine to get in touch with nature’s beauty and peacefulness, with so few people walking gives you the feeling the castle is all yours.
Maarten Redig (15 months ago)
A gorgeous site, perfectly maintained and with a wonderful history. The surrounding area has blossoms, tree's and sloping hills making the walks starting at the front of the castle well worth it!
steven janssen (15 months ago)
Breathtaking castle surrounded by beautiful, idyllic countryside. Enjoy moments of excitement, inner rest or self reflection between medieval walls and gardens filled with art. All year round plenty of activities and events, both for children and adults. On top of that, there are animated walks with mysterious storylines and interesting facts. Must see for everyone spending more than a couple of days in Belgium!!!
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