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Alden Biesen Castle, Bilzen

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Alden Biesen is a 16th-century castle in Belgium, located in the small village of Rijkhoven in the municipality of Bilzen in the province of Limburg.Present dayThe 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. In addition, "European Classes" take place, intended to foster international learning and collaboration between students. The first ever RSPBA Major Pipe Band Championship held outside the UK was the European Pipe Band Championships held there in September 2003.In addition to the moated castle, the complex contains a church and gardens.HistoryThe knights of the Teutonic Order originally founded the Landcommanderij Alden Biesen ("commandery of Alden Biesen") 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.Sources Landcommanderij Alden Biesen website
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  • In Alden Biesen are organized various activities such as the festival of the tales, tours, Sinterklaas entry are made, opera for children, the festival of flowers among many others. It is a castle with charm, its gardens, its location and the entrance is free, has a museum to learn a little more about the history of the same. I recommend it for a walk or tour if you are in the area but not explicitly to go visit him if not for the course. It is worth the penalty also when there is some activity because the place is very cozy. Recommended for families with children.
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  • The Commanderie is a beautiful castle not only in May and it's empty, the castle is very nice located
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  • Once a year (late September), the commandery of Alden Biesen welcomes FLEURAMOUR: an international exhibition of floral creations where the largest floral Belgian and foreign designers present their creations. From the cellar to the filled the Castle, in the gardens, the annexes, the church you will discover sumptuous floral creations, of the achievements that for a long weekend (from Friday to Monday inclusive) will delight lovers of Art Floral and other visitors.
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  • Very nice Castle and gardens
  • The best historical and landscape castle!
  • the castle is in great shape as are the gardens.. a fun place to go to if on a sunny day you're in the neighborhood and have a few hours to kill. in the back of the estate there is a small bar.
  • Beautiful castle.
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  • A wonderful location for walking. The castle is beautiful and there are regular activities.
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