Arcen Castle was built in 1653 to the site of older castle destroyed in 1646. The origins date back to the 14th century. Castle gardens are today open to the public.

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Founded: 1653
Category: Castles and fortifications in Netherlands

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Bharat Vikas (8 months ago)
Such a lovely place. Very well maintained. On a very sunny day, this would be a best place for photo shoots.
stefan rietveld (15 months ago)
Beautiful scenery, with plenty of variety. Simply a must-visit for photography enthusiasts and/or costume enthusiasts looking for photo opportunities.
Ronald Zwaan (16 months ago)
The variety of plants and features from around the world were outstanding. We loved the water features situated throughout the min golf course. Both golfers and those of us walking could enjoy the beauty. Even in August, there were still beautiful and fragrant roses in the rose garden. We highly recommend this beautiful place.
Thomas Ruijters (16 months ago)
Its nice and simple. Great for kids and a lovely place for a nice long stroll with someone.
Dariusz Waligóra (18 months ago)
Interesting place to spend time with nature. The castle is not big, but the main attention is on the gardens. Lots of themed gardens and general order throughout the grounds. You can see everything at a very relaxed pace in 4 hours, but you can also easily find activities for longer with the children. The only drawback is quite high entrance prices + parking and a poor offer of restaurants inside. Nevertheless, I recommend it, a place worth seeing.
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