A Visit to the Kasteel van Alden Biesen

The Castle of Alden Biesen

The Castle of Alden Biesen

This afternoon, our Dutch class – headed by our teacher Frank Missotten – pooled 4 cars and drove the 15 minutes or so ride from Lanaken to Alden Biesen in Belgium.  The Internationaal Vertelfestival is currently being held there.  Of course, since we are learning Nederlands, we proceeded to the Dutch Story Telling Room.

International Story Festival Ticket

International Story Festival Ticket

The Alden Biesen Castle is a 16th century castle in Belgium, located in the small village of Rijkhovenn in the municipality of Bilzen in the province of Limburg.

From the words of Wiki, 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. The first ever RSPBA Major Pipe Band Championship held outside the UK was the European Pipe Band Championships held there in September 2003.

In addition to the moated castle, the complex contains a church and gardens.

Kasteel van Alden Bieden

Kasteel van Alden Bieden

Kasteel van Alden Bieden

Kasteel van Alden Bieden

Kasteel van Alden Bieden

Kasteel van Alden Bieden

The stories were all good as the story tellers change their voices and uses props and jumps and screams when they are needed.  It was really a good way to learn another language.  I felt like I was back in First Grade learning English!

Story Teller 1

Story Teller 1

Story Teller 2

Story Teller 2

Aside from the stories, I, with a new-found friend/classmate – Ana, found our ways to shooting some photos!  (Thanks to Felipe for taking the photos for us – her husband).

Ana and Cherry (or Mae)

Ana and Cherry (or Mae)

Here are some more photos from around the castle.

By the bench

By the bench

With the Church behind me

With the Church behind me

Thanks to smart phones and the very nice weather (almost warm!), I was still able to capture some photos for this blog. 🙂

Here are some photos of our class with our teacher Frank (standing behind me).

Me and my classmates:  From Poland, Greece, Portugal, Turkey, etc.  Frank Missotten (our teacher) behind me.

Me and my classmates: From Poland, Greece, Portugal, Turkey, etc. Frank Missotten (our teacher) behind me.

Me and my classmates:  From Poland, Greece, Portugal, Turkey, etc.  Frank Missotten (our teacher) behind me.

Me and my classmates: From Poland, Greece, Portugal, Turkey, etc. Frank Missotten (our teacher) behind me.

Note:

kasteel (Dutch) – castle

van (Dutch) – of, from

Nederlands (Dutch) – Dutch (the language)

Nederland (Dutch) – The Netherlands (the country) *this word was not mentioned in the blog.

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2 thoughts on “A Visit to the Kasteel van Alden Biesen

  1. What a lovely experience! I think I’d never been to a castle before. I surely like to visit one 🙂

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