The 800-year old Grand Commandery Alden Biesen is one of the largest castle domains in Belgium, with grand historic buildings, set in 80 acres of orchards and beautiful parkland. It’s a peaceful, inspiring place that oozes history, but at the same time disposes of state-of-the-art meeting facilities.
The domain comprises a moated castle and a vast array of historic auxiliary buildings. It was established in 1220 by the Teutonic Knights, a religious order of armed knights, akin to the better-known Knight Templars. Their aim was to protect and care for pilgrims who travelled to the Holy Land. For six centuries Alden Biesen remained one of the most influential headquarters of the Teutonic Knights, and the site became a meeting point for Europe’s nobles and diplomats. After the French Revolution, it was confiscated and fell in disrepair, until the Belgian government acquired it in the 1970s and restored it to its previous glory - ready to write another chapter in its history.
Venue for epic stories
Today Alden Biesen is a venue for conferences and meetings, as well as a cultural heritage site which focuses on storytelling, heritage education and music. Its employees take great pride in its accessibility and the sustainable way in which it is run. And should you like to take a peek outside of the grounds: there are plenty of activities within a 20-minute radius. How about riding a railbike, visiting a wine chateau or shopping in the historic city centre of Maastricht?
Alden Biesen is a place of epic stories: not only the adventures of knights but also of political and economical enterprises that shaped the region, and even Europe. What better place to discuss the impact your company or association can have in the world today?