21 Magical Places You Won't Believe Are In The Netherlands

It's a small country, but it has a lot to offer.

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1. Hogwarts?

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It's actually the Hofvijver in The Hague, a gorgeous pond surrounded by the Dutch parliament buildings. There's even a little tower where the prime minister has his office. Not a bad workplace, right?

2. Narnia?

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Unless Aslan and Mr. Tumnus have moved to Groningen, a city in the North of the Netherlands, then you won't find them here. Groningen is surrounded by swampy polders housing those famous Dutch windmills.

3. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory?

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Unfortunately you can't eat this purple river, it's actually one of the many beautiful flowerbeds in the Keukenhof, one of the world's largest flower gardens.

4. A desert?

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No this is a sand dune you'll find on the Wadden Islands, also known as the The Frisian Islands. Worth a trip if you love long walks on the beach and don't mind getting muddy feet.

5. Hmmm, Australia?

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The Wadden Sea area is home of the grey and the common seal, and visitors can spot them chilling on the shore or playing with their young ones.

7. The Lion King?

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No this isn't Africa, this is a park called Heuvelrug in Utrecht. When you're exploring the area you should keep an eye out for the pine marten, an adorable looking mammal, a bit like a cat crossed with an otter.

12. Does a Bond villain live here?

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They wish! This is Schenveningen beach in The Hague. Great for a very cold dip in the winter or a nice relaxing swim in the summer. You can do a daredevil bungee jump from the pier if you're brave enough!