The Grand Commandery Alden Biesen is situated in Bilzen, in the eastern part of Flanders. You’ll find us in the very heart of the Euregion in close proximity to cities such as Hasselt, Tongeren, Liège, Maastricht (NL) and Aachen (DE).

Where and who

General Secretariat    
Tamara Broeders
+32 89 51 93 93
email
Director
Guy Tilkin
+32 89 51 93 40
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Europese operation
Guy Tilkin
+32 89 51 93 52 
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Cultural-historical and tourist activities
Pat Vincent
+32 89 51 93 93
email
Conferences and seminars
Annemie Meers/Mariëlle Noben 
+32 89 51 93 47/48
email
Communication
Pat Vincent
+32 89 51 93 51
email
Photo database
Ingrid Willems
+32 89 51 93 64
email
Accounting
Philippe Peeters 
+32 89 51 93 63
email
International Storytelling Festival
Katrijn Beelen 
+32 89 51 93 54
email
Logistics
Josse Vos 
+32 89 51 93 46
email
Guided tours
+32 89 51 93 44 
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Tourist reception Alden Biesen-Bilzen
+32 89 51 93 61
+32 89 39 96 10
email

Opening hours visitor centre

Tourist Reception Alden Biesen - Bilzen

Kasteelstraat 6
3740 Bilzen
Tel: +32 89 39 96 10
email

Opening hours:

Summertime (1/4 up to and including 30/9):
weekdays between 9 am and 5 pm
weekends and feast-days between 10 am and 5 pm

Wintertime (1/10 up to and including 31/3)
weekdays between 10 am and 5 pm
weekends and feast-days between 10 am and 4 pm

The reception is closed on 25 and 26 December and 1 January.

Between 24 and 31 December, the reception is open between 11 am and 4 pm.

Opening hours moated castle:

The moated castle can only be visited with a guide or during exhibitions between 10 am and 5 am from Tuesday through Sunday.

Entrance fees :

Standard: €5.00 per person ?
Special prices: ?
- €4.00: 60+ and students
(18 - 26 years with student card) ?
- €4.00: Groups of minimum 15 persons
(without guide)
?- 2,50 euros: Teachers, DAL, students
(7 -18 years) ?
- Free: Children (0 -7 years) and 365.be cardholders.

Food & drinks

Brasserie ’t Gasthuis

Kasteelstraat 8
3740 Rijkhoven-Bilzen
+32 89 65 03 86
email

Apostelhuis

Bosselaar 11
3740 Bilzen 
+32 89 25 52 60
email

Opening hours guesthouse

From 1 April until 31 October
Thursday through Friday as of 10 am
Saturday from noon
Sunday from 10 am
Closed on Monday

From 1 November until 31 March
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 am
Saturday from noon
Sunday from 10 am
Closed on Monday and Tuesday

Opening hours apostle house

Monday through Friday from 11 am
Saturday and Sunday from 10 am
Kitchen open between noon and 9 pm; only snacks between 2.30 pm and 6 pm
Closed on Tuesday. Closed on Wednesday in January, February and March

 

Itinerary: how to reach Alden Biesen?

By car

Take exit 31 on the E313 motorway Antwerp-Liège.
After exiting follow the signposts for Alden Biesen.

Address: Kasteelstraat 6, 3740 Bilzen

By public transport

Alden Biesen is just 5 km away from Bilzen train station. A taxi or a dial-a-bus will take you there in no time.

The dial-a-bus?

Book your seats at least one hour in advance at +32 11 85 03 00. The dial-a-bus runs according to a fixed schedule. Remember to book your seats in advance.

By plane

The nearest airports are Maastricht (NL, 20 km), Zaventem (95 km), Charleroi (Brussels South, 110 km) and Liège Bierset (35 km).

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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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