Visitors to Alden Biesen can hardly ignore the impressive moated castle. Surrounded by a moat, the castle is a delight to the eye. Visitors interested in exploring the interior of the castle can take a guided tour. Your guide will show you the most beautiful spots in the castle.
Visiting the moated castle without a guide is only possible during a temporary exhibition. In the east wing of the castle, the Grand Commander’s office, the library and the salon have been wonderfully restored.
The ceiling of the office of Grand Commander Hendrik van Wassenaar (1690-1709) bears paintings depicting the personification of the four virtues. The Grand Commander’s portrait hangs over the mantelpiece.
The apartment of Grand Commander Ferdinand Damian von Sickingen (1743-1749) consists of a salon and a library, where you’ll find von Sickingen’s official portrait, a portrait gallery of his relatives and an older ceiling decoration by Liège baroque painter Walthère Damery. Italian plasterers Giuseppe Moretti and Carlo Spinedi are responsible for the lovely plasterwork in the salon.
In 2007, the renovated Blauwe Salon (Blue Salon) in the southwest corner tower of the castle was opened to the public. The centre piece in the small space is the exquisite handcrafted golden chandelier.
If you’d prefer to discover the moated castle on your own without a guide, you’d do well to return during one of our frequent temporary exhibitions.
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