Did you know that Belgium holds a world record for castles? In fact, Belgium has more castles per kilometer than any country in the world. There are approximately 3,000 castles all over the country.
Many castles in Belgium came to life before the establishment of the Belgian nation in 1830. That is the case of today’s escapade: the Alden Biesen Castle, a magnificent Flemish heritage site located in Bilzen.
Alden Biesen was founded in 1120 by the Order of the Teutonic Knights, which was highly successful at the time and acquired several properties throughout Europe. Alden Biesen became the headquarters of the Biesen bailiwick. At its peak, between the 16th and 18th centuries, the Landcommandery developed into a luxury residence.
The French Revolution put an end to this prosperous period. All the properties of the Teutonic Order were publicly sold. Alden Biesen fell into private hands and disintegrated. To make matters worse, a fire ruined large parts of the castle in 1971. In 2000, Alden Biesen has completely restored thanks to the support of the Flemish region.
For both culture and nature lovers, a visit to Alden Biesen is highly recommended. You can admire the historical buildings, visit the church and admire the English and French gardens. A perfect family escapade.
Two years ago, this historical site gained a new life thanks to the brand new hotel Martin’s Rentmeesterij. The Martin’s Hotel group decided to expand in this region by merging with this historical site. Situated just 150 meters from the heritage site, the hotel kept part of the Grand Commandery of Alden Biesen where you can find three luxury suites: Joséphine, Mary, and Clémentine.
The other 69 guest rooms are located in the modern part, directly in contact with the nature surroundings of Alden Biesen. You have direct access to the gardens, and particularly to the AKKO restaurant where you can find a very pleasant terrace. This is one of the most relaxing spaces in the hotel thanks to its light, industry style and friendly staff. Here you can enjoy a glamorous champagne breakfast. A spacious wellness area and a leasure pool is available every day for guests until 10:00 pm.
Just at 1-hour distance from Brussels, the hotel is tailor-made for a relaxing weekend escapade.
Good to know:
- Cosy Double: 109€
- Charming Double: 139€
- Suite Joséphine: 299€
- Suite Mary: 399€
- Address: Kasteelstraat 2 – 3740 Bilzen – Belgium