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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Martijn Tobbackx (10 months ago)
Beautiful historical site. Clean and tidy place
Yolanda Santana (12 months ago)
The floral masters yearly event. My daughter is a master European designer.
Bob Jackson (13 months ago)
Fleurameur floral exhibition.... Very much enjoyed. Inspiring, educational and beautiful designs and creative concepts. So much more than expected.
Sophie's Foodie Files (13 months ago)
The Grand Commandery is founded in 1220 by the German Order of the Teutonic Knights. It is a big domain owned now by Flanders, our Flemish part of Belgium! You can visit the castle with a guide if you like. The domain outside is big & beautiful. On the inside of the grounds , there is also a good visitor information centre & free toilets. There are many walks that begin in the grounds of the castle. We walked one. The castle & grounds are all very well kept & preserved. Worth a day visit! Often, there are events in the day or evenings! There is also an apostelhuis, a lovely restaurant.
Liam Schurmans (14 months ago)
It's so beautiful and peaceful and perfect for a long evening or morning walk. Bilzen Mysteries is also very nice.
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