Alden Biesen Castle
Alden Biesen Castle
Flag of Bilzen
Coat of arms of Bilzen
Coat of arms
Bilzen is located in Belgium
Location in Belgium
Location of Bilzen in Limburg
Bilzen Limburg Belgium Map.png
Coordinates: 50°52′N 05°31′E / 50.867°N 5.517°E / 50.867; 5.517Coordinates: 50°52′N 05°31′E / 50.867°N 5.517°E / 50.867; 5.517
CommunityFlemish Community
RegionFlemish Region
 • MayorFrieda Brepoels (N-VA)
 • Governing party/iesN-VA, PRO-BILZEN, Open VLD
 • Total75.90 km2 (29.31 sq mi)
 • Total32,318
 • Density430/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Postal codes
3740, 3742, 3746
Area codes089

Bilzen is a town and a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg.

On January 1, 2006, Bilzen had a total population of 30,057. The total area is 75.90 km² which gives a population density of 396 inhabitants per km².

Bilzen consists of the city of Bilzen and the following villages: Beverst, Eigenbilzen, Grote-Spouwen, Hees, Hoelbeek, Kleine-Spouwen, Martenslinde, Mopertingen, Munsterbilzen, Rijkhoven, Rosmeer, and Waltwilder. It was in 1977 that they all became part of the municipality Bilzen because of the fusion of municipalities.

Cities in Bilzen's neighbourhood are, to its north, Genk, to its east, Maastricht (Netherlands), to its south Tongeren and to its north-west Diepenbeek, all within a distance of some 10 to 15 kilometers.

From 1965 to 1981 Bilzen hosted Jazz Bilzen, a jazz and rock festival that lasted several days. In its time Jazz Bilzen was the most important Belgian festival. Artists that performed there were, among many others, Humble Pie, The Moody Blues, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Humble Pie, The Kinks, The Troggs, Procol Harum, Golden Earring, Rod Stewart, Status Quo, Lou Reed, Aerosmith, AC/DC, The Cure, Toots Thielemans, Keith Jarrett and John McLaughlin. From the 1980s onwards the festival was superseded by Torhout-Werchter, that has now become Rock Werchter.


For over 300 years, Bilzen was part of the County of Loon (French: comté de Looz).[2]

Places of interest

Born in Bilzen


  1. ^ "Wettelijke Bevolking per gemeente op 1 januari 2018". Statbel. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  2. ^ fr:Comté de Looz

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