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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.

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!