Commandeur Castle belonged to the German Knights Templar until the French revolution. The current building was constructed in the beginning of the 17th century in the so-called ”Meuse-region Renaissance style”, also abundantly to be found in Liège and Maastricht.

In the park of the castle the spring is situated that provides the ponds and the river Voer with water at a ratio of some 3000 litres per minute. In the ponds trout and sturgeon are bred.

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