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Grand Castle Gardens in the NetherlandsMost people have heard of the Kuekenhof tulip gardens of the Netherlands, but few know about the even larger Arcen Gardens in the south of the country, near Venlo.
This massive, 42 hectare, garden complex is on the grounds of the 17th century Arcen Castle.
The gardens begin in a traditional formal style, with roses, hedges and statuary. But it doesn't end there. As you wander through, you encounter gardens designed to resemble Japan, Italy, Thailand and more. There are woodland gardens and tropical gardens (inside an enormous greenhouse).
There is a small on-site zoo featuring ring-tailed lemurs, plenty of children's activities, mini-golf and a large cafeteria. In fact, you could easily spend an entire day and still not see everything.
Arcen opens for the 2013 season on April 26th.