The knights of the Teutonic Order originally founded the Landcommanderij Alden Biesen (“commandery of Alden Biesen”) in the 11th century, but the current buildings were constructed between the 16th and 18th centuries. It was the headquarters of a bailiwick or province of the Teutonic Order in the region of the Maas and Rhine. On 8 March 1971 the building burnt down and was acquired by the government and restored.
The castle is used today as a cultural centre and conference centre. Festivals such as the Scottish weekend or the International Story Festival are held there. In addition, “European Classes” take place, intended to foster international learning and collaboration between students.
In addition to the moated castle, the complex contains a church and gardens.
Alden Biesen Official Website: http://www.alden-biesen.be/en
Scottish Weekend: http://www.schotsweekend.be/