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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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  • It's a nice place to visit for everyone; it's not just a place to visit 'a' castle, witch is excellent of course, but you can admire the nice gardens, watch, walk, run,... An ideal place for parents w...  more »
  • very nice walks in the immediate vicinity; beautiful historic setting, plenty of parking area
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  • A very nice tour through the history of Alden Biesen, with a nice virtual guide in the form of Jan Decleir. We have enjoyed and learned something!
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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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