Alden Biesen is more than merely a historic site. The Grand Commandery in Belgian Limburg is the place to be for a number of major events on a wide range of topics: from flowers, music and Scottish culture to agriculture and even St Nicolas.

Or perhaps you prefer storytelling, art and culture? Or do you enjoy exploring nature on foot or by bike? Then visit our International Storytelling Festival, our exhibitions or go on a walk or bike ride in the surrounding countryside.

Alden Biesen

Welcome to Alden Biesen

A magnificent heritage site, an international culture and conference centre and a tourist draw:

The Grand Commandery Alden Biesen has more than one ace up its sleeve. Originally built by the Teutonic Order, it is now one of the largest castle estates of the Euregion.

Alden Biesen falls under the Culture, Youth, Sports and Media department of the Flemish Government.

Discover the history of Alden Biesen

The history of the Grand Commandery Alden Biesen dates back to the 13th century Crusades. In 1190, brave knights founded the German Order of the Teutonic Knights. Alden Biesen was the principal town of a bailiwick or province of this Teutonic Order. For centuries, the castle housed the Grand Commander, a powerful man who governed the province of Biesen. Hence the name: Grand Commandery Alden Biesen.

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