ITV is taking us back to Amsterdam, as the Van der Valk reboot returns for its third season of mysteries and crime solving.


The new season once again sees Marc Warren stepping into Van der Valk's shoes, while he's joined in the central cast by the likes of Maimie McCoy and Darrell D'Silva, as well as two newcomers.

The third season of the dutch detective drama sees the team following up on the dramatic shooting of an idealistic Freerunning champion, the death of a participant in a magical ritual invoking a demon and the show's first ever cold case.

However, it’s not only the gripping storylines that have captured viewers' attentions - the series also features some stunning locations, including some iconic Dutch landscapes.

But just where is the show set, and where has it been filmed? Find out everything you need to know here.

Where is Van Der Valk season 2 filmed?

Marc Warren as Van der Valk
Marc Warren as Van der Valk ITV

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

Once again Van der Valk's boat The Spartacus and Café Scheltema both feature heavily, with the latter being the location where the team often runs through the case and Van der Valk hits upon numerous breakthroughs.

Filming for season 3 also took place outside the NEMO science museum for episode 2, and further locations included a forest with a goat farm, the Botanical Gardens and a 1960s convent.

In a feature discussing the second season with The i, creator Chris Murray spoke about the show's use 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 in season 2 included 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.

Outside of Amsterdam, season 2 also filmed in Utrecht and The Hague, also cities in the Netherlands, with 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 season 2 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?

Maimie McCoy as Lucienne Hassell and Azan Ahmed as Eddie Suleman.
Maimie McCoy as Lucienne Hassell and Azan Ahmed as Eddie Suleman. 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 3 will air on ITV1 from 8pm on Sunday 18th June, with the previous seasons available to stream on ITVX.

If you're looking for something else to watch, visit our TV Guide or take a look at the rest of our Drama coverage.

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