Arcen (Limburgish: Ârce) is a village in the Dutch province of Limburg. In 2010, it became part of the municipality of Venlo. Previously, it had been part of the municipality of Arcen en Velden and the seat of 'het gemeentehuis' (Town Hall). In 2001, Arcen had 1884 inhabitants. The built-up area of the town was 0.39 km2, and contained 747 residences. Its location on the river Maas makes it a popular tourist attraction. It is wedged in between Germany in the east and the river Maas in the west. National Park de Hamert lies just north of Arcen. Historic buildings include the 'Schanstoren' (Schans Tower) and the castle as well as century old houses in the village itself. The town hall is of a Traditionalist 20th century design by A.J. Kropholler while the church was designed in a similar style by H.W. Valk. Outside the centre are the Hertog Jan beer brewery and the 'De IJsvogel' distillery, which is located in a historic water mill and produces jenever (gin) and bitters and liquors. Near Arcen lies the only preserved fortress built to protect the Fossa Eugeniana, a canal built between 1625 and 1629 to connect the rivers Rhine and Maas. Arcen has a thermal bath and various holiday parks. Arcen's 'Kasteeltuinen' (castle gardens) went bankrupt in 2012. Arcen is the birthplace of former Dutch soccer international Stan Valckx. Wikipedia
Find the best activities, restaurants and things to do in Arcen, Netherlands. Explore Arcen travel guide before you plan your trip here. A gripping city on its own right, Rotterdam also deserves a visit. So, ideally any vacation planner would recommend you to visit Rotterdam for its bountiful attractions like Amsterdam Museum, Jewish Cultural Quarter, The Rembrandt House Museum on your trip to Arcen. Also, to reach Arcen, you'll have to take a flight to Rotterdam; so its not really a detour. And even if it is, the city is worth paying at least a quick visit. 1-2 days is an ideal duration of visit to Arcen.
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