Visit a magical castle hidden away in south Limburg. Marvel at the moated water castle, get a dose of history, hike through beautiful nature, hop on a bike or even in a golf cart!
The Alden Biesen castle, also known as the Grand Commandery, is one of oldest and largest castle domains in Northern Europe. It’s history dates back over 800 years and was once a headquarters for the German Order of the Teutonic Knights. Now, the castle stands as an impressive cultural heritage site owned by the Flemish Government.
If you want to know more about the castle’s intriguing history, head over to its mini museum. After that check out the beautiful gardens, there’s a Versailles-inspired French garden or an 18th century English-style park. Whether it's the gardens or the architecture, the magical castle grounds feel like you’re living in a fantasy, adults and kids alike!
Take a stroll around the castle and, if the weather’s good, have a picnic on the boardwalk (you don’t even have to make your own!). Hit up Visit Bilzen and pick up a made-to-order picnic hamper at the visitor’s centre, stuffed full of local goodies and regional produce. Yum!
No need to worry about getting bored, there’s plenty to do, see and eat here!
By Car: parking on site.
By Public Transport: 10 min walk from bus stop Rijkhoven Pleinstraat. Bus 34a stops here.
Starting point: same as address
Apr - Sep, M - F, 7:30 - 20:00; Sa - Su, 9:00 - 20:00
Oct - Mar, M - F, 7:30 - 20:00; Sa - Su, 10:00 - 16:00
Open; national COVID measures apply.