Culture and Nature Castle

Alden Biesen, castles and other holdings of the German Order of the Teutonic Knights

Morning: visit to the Grand Commandery with all its secrets

Lunch or break in Alden Biesen.

Afternoon: the wealth of the Teutonic Order was based in large part on the revenues from the lands it owned in the fertile Haspengouw region and beyond. Our three-hour walk will take you past the most beautiful remnants, including a huge square farmstead, the baroque pilgrims’ chapel and the renovated Commandery of Ordingen. We walk past Tongeren, the oldest city in Belgium, and Borgloon, the principal town in the old Land of Loon. If you like we can stop for a cup of coffee or tea and a tasty slice of Limburg flan. The Haspengouw region, a landscape straight from a movie set!

Please note that participants must bring their own mode of transport!

Full day (2 hrs – lunch break – 3 hours)

  • Dutch tours: € 6.5/per person as of 10 persons; groups < 10 persons pay € 65
  • French, English and German tours: € 7/person as of 10 persons; groups < 10 persons pay € 70
  • The afternoon programmes are custom-tailored. Rates available on request at rondleidingenAB@cjsm.vlaanderen.be or +32 (0)89 51 93 44

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Culture and Nature Castle

Culture and Nature

Alden Biesen caters to both culture and nature lovers. Discover the historic building and gardens and visit an exhibition in the moated castle. Or make the Grand Commandery your point of departure for a hearty walk or a brisk bike ride through the Haspengouw region and the Demer valley. Afterwards you can enjoy one of the many events for which the Grand Commandery sets the stage.

Exhibitions

Delve into the eventful history of the Alden Biesen site at the visitor centre in Bilzen thanks to the permanent exhibition on the past and present of the Grand Commandery.

Culture lovers will also enjoy the temporary exhibitions in the moated castle. At the castle, the beautifully restored apartment of the Grand Commander is also open to visitors or you can stroll through the French Garden.

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