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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 »
  • I was the only participant in the guided tour, which is strange for such an exceptional complex. The main attraction are the many buildings - besides the castle there is a church and farm buildings, a...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • Beautiful castle (Comandery - Landcommanderij). A nice place to visit and enjoy a walk.
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  • Strongly recommended, especially in warm season
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