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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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  • The castle has a very old rich history about knights fighting during the Crusades to Jerusalem and is a part of many other castles nearby in the province of Limburg Belgium.  more »
  • We come here regularly hiking and it is really beautiful. There are several beautiful hiking trails. You'd have your car to the Castle parking because just there we have a map with the choice of walks found (there should be another one to the Apostle would house). You can also cycling in the local area, but it is a bit hilly. A must!
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  • Absolutely super. History as it should be presented. Interactive multi modal. Super fun and really done something for children, adults and super. Preferably in dry weather
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  • Beautiful castle (Comandery - Landcommanderij). A nice place to visit and enjoy a walk.
  • 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.
  • A wonderful location for walking. The castle is beautiful and there are regular activities.
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