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Where is Van der Valk filmed?

Marc Warren is back as the titular detective, but where was the new season filmed?

Marc Warren as Van Der Valk.
Published: Sunday, 14th August 2022 at 12:38 pm
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Van der Valk season 2 has launched onto our screens, reintroducing viewers to Marc Warren, Maimie McCoy and Darrell D'Silva as they once again solve mystery after mystery.


The second season of the dutch detective drama sees the Van der Valk cast following up the gruesome murder of a solicitor whose body is found at a wind farm, the death of a young musician and the murder of a former diamond polisher, among other mysteries.

But it’s not only the gripping storylines that have captured viewers’ attentions, but also the series’ stunning locations.

As with the first season, the second series is set in Amsterdam and viewers are likely to spot plenty of famous locations.

But filming in the city didn't always run smoothly, Warren recently told, detailing a tense moment during filming when he and co-star Maimie McCoy found themselves getting pulled over by officers.

"In the last episode [we shot], Maimie and I had to drive through Dam Square at its most packed in the Cherokee and we were wearing bulletproof vests," he explained.

He added: "I don't think we had our guns on us but we had the flashing lights going on, and somebody had not told the local police that we were doing that and we got pulled over and I suddenly thought, ‘Christ, if we've got guns on us as well, we're going to be in a lot of trouble.’"

Read on for everything you need to know about where the show is set and where season 2's episodes have been filmed.

Where is Van Der Valk season 2 filmed?

Marc Warren as Van Der Valk and Maimie McCoy as Lucienne Hassell.
Marc Warren as Van der Valk and Maimie McCoy as Lucienne Hassell. ITV

As with the first season, the latest batch of episodes were filmed largely around Amsterdam and other parts of the Netherlands.

In a feature discussing the new season with The i, the show is said to once again feature plenty of iconic Dutch landscapes including the regenerated docklands, a famous statue of 17th-century philosopher Baruch Spinoza, and a rooftop pool at the luxury hotel W Amsterdam.

Other filming locations viewers should keep their eyes peeled for include the Muziekgebouw, a glass and concrete concert hall that can be found in the Eastern Docklands, and the A'DAM Tower, which houses bars, restaurants and more and can be seen in the background of numerous shots.

As in the first season, Café Scheltema features heavily as the location where the team often runs through the case and Van der Valk hits upon numerous breakthroughs.

Outside of Amsterdam, this season has also been filmed in Utrecht and The Hague, also cities in the Netherlands, with creator Chris Murray telling The i: "Amsterdam is quite difficult to film in. The canal-lined streets are quite narrow, and it’s hard to get permission to get a production crew in for long, so we look further afield to find places that are more accessible."

One location which can be seen in the second season is the anatomy department of Utrecht University, which, along with three other locations throughout the Netherlands, doubles as a diamond factory.

Meanwhile, a wind farm seen at the end of episode 1 was filmed at Eemshaven port, which can been found in the province of Groningen on the country's north coast. Also seen at the end of the first episode is Scheveningen Pier, which is located near The Hague.

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Where is Van der Valk set?

Marc Warren as Van der Valk and Maimie McCoy as Lucienne Hassell in Van der Valk
Marc Warren as Van der Valk and Maimie McCoy as Lucienne Hassell in Van der Valk. ITV

Van der Valk is set in Amsterdam, and the location is key to the show's identity. The series takes viewers on a tour of the city, exploring the old centre as well as the more modern areas.

In a featurette ahead of the first season Marc Warren teased that the show would let viewers experience "some very unusual locations that people wouldn't have seen before", while his costar Maimie McCoy called Amsterdam a "vibrant, really really sexy, really modern city".

Van der Valk season 2 will air from Sunday 7th August at 8pm on ITV. For more, check out our TV Guide or visit our dedicated Drama hub.


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