With our guide you will find the most important locations from Malta to Spain. During the forced breaks between the individual seasons, the fans of Game of Thrones usually have a gloomy and dreary time. What remains while waiting for the next season is perhaps a visit to the English King's Landing and/or Kings Langley or even the attempt to climb The Wall once.
But what really works to solve the nervous tensions during the Game of Thrones is a visit to the film locations where the series is shot. Here are the filming locations of Game of Thrones from the real life where the incest, the plundering and the bloody carnage of the series are created.
The guide was originally published in 2014. Since then, we have revised the tour guide every time a new season starts, as new and exciting film locations are coming up. Since last season, for example, Spain has become one of the main locations, especially because many scenes demand desert-like conditions.
The GoT fans from the UK can be lucky! Large parts of Westeros lie in fact in the not so exotic and not so distant Northern Ireland. Winter may have just left the Emerald Island, but Ireland has an average of 300 rainy and cloudy days each year. No wonder, then, that Winterfell and other less sunbathing parts of the Seven Kingdoms have sprung up here.
The Kingsroad, also known as Ballamoney Dark Hedges is in Northern Ireland. If you want to walk in the footsteps of the Starks, explore the area around Downpatrick, in County Down. The Castle Ward served as a shooting ground for many scenes of the Stark family seat before it had to be burnt down for the show. Next to it stands the castle and the forest of the Audles, which in the sixteenth century were called this landmark their own.
Here was filmed the Stark field warehouse from the Game of Thrones Season 1. Further north lies the castle site of Castle Black, the abandoned Magheramorne stone quarry. In addition, the Redhall Estate is located in the neighborhood, which was used in the 1st and 3rd season for different locations.
In Ballymoney you can find the Dark Hedges, which served as a backdrop for the iconic Kingsroad. It was a good decision to make the Dark Hedges appear in the award-winning series. After all, they are one of the most photographed motifs in Ireland.
In general it seems as if the rugged landscape of Ireland offers a lot of versatile sites for all sorts of fantastic stuff. The Sandy Brae Trail at Newry and Morne served as a model for the horse statues lining the entrance to the sacred grounds of Dothraki. The Morne Mountains are said to have inspired CS Lewis to write The Chronicles of Narnia.
Our last tip for Northern Ireland are the Cushendun Caves, in County Antrim. Here, the somewhat disturbing scene of the second season was filmed in which Melisandre gave birth to the shadow baby, which later will kill Renly. The area is actually picturesque and very peaceful, but perhaps not the best place to give birth to a shadow child.
We leave Ireland and set off in warmer climates and are now on Malta, whose landscape is known to us from King's Landing from Game of Thrones season one. Mdina, the former capital of Malta, was a successful shooting location for the city of the Iron Throne.
The many well-preserved, historic buildings were perfect to transfer the exotic-medieval splendor of the books into the film medium. The buildings on the Mediterranean island are close to each other. The Mdina Bridge, the Pjazza Mesquite, and the Verdala Palace are not only sound as if they could be found in Westeros, but have also provided the setting for many dramatic scenes in the series.
As the capital of the Seven Kingdoms, Malta has also hosted the Iron Throne for a certain time. Fittingly, the San Anton Palace was one of the locations in Game of Thrones, which is the residence of the President of Malta in real life. Just a short boottrip from the main island is the natural backdrop of the Azure Window, on the smaller sister island of Gozo. In the series, the picturesque setting serves as the place where Daenerys Targaryen is married to Khal Drogo.
For the Game of Thrones season 2, King's Landing was relocated to Croatia, more precisely to Dubrovnik and Lokrum. With Dubrovnik as a seaside city with a wall, the film team opened up new opportunities in the areas of Game of Thrones filming locations and, of course, new options for indoor photography, which was not possible before in Mdina.
The coastal sections of the area were used in the epic sea battle of Blackwater while Fort Lovrijenac became the new Red Keep. In addition, parts of the city of Quarth were filmed in Essos, with the Minceta Tower as an exterior facade of the House of The Undying.
Many other scenes in Qarth were made on the nearby island of Lokrum. In the botanical garden of the island, external photographs were taken, for example, for the welcome party organized by Xaro. Lokrum, it is said, is cursed. Enter at your own risk! Back at the mainland, the gates of Qarth were built in the quarry of Dubac. The water gardens in King's Landing from the Game of Thrones season 3 were created in the Trsteno Arboretum.
The Gradac Park in Dubrovnik served as a shooting location for the famous Purple Wedding wedding festival. It was one of the largest settings from Game of Thrones Season 4. The large public park is located near the old town of Dubrovnik. It is accessible via an old staircase, from which one gets a fantastic view of the city.
The Stradun, the main street between Dubrovnik's cathedral and the Sponza Palace, can be seen in one of the most memorable scenes of Game of Thrones Season 5 during the Walk of Shame of Cerceis. The long medieval street was equipped for the scene with over 500 props. Also, Meereen and Braavos were filmed in Sibenik, Klis and Split.
With its rough volcanoes and the forested landscape, Iceland is truly the right land for the epic of Ice and Fire. Karg is strange, beautiful and yet brutally stretches the mysterious landscape of Iceland and offers the perfect location for the country beyond the Wall. Line producer Chris Newman explained that they had tried to approach the place of shooting as closely as possible to the landscape and life described in the book, so that in the post production no mountains or snow or anything else had to be added.
The filming locations include Höfðabrekkuheiði, the Myrdalsjokull glacier, the Vatnajökull glacier, Europe's largest ice cap and Lake Myvatn, which is a nature reserve, but is open to visitors and easy to reach. One of the annual events taking place here is the Iceland Marathon. The lake is littered with unusual volcanic rock formations called black castles.
While many scenes were made here by the lake, one should also mention the Skaftafell National Park. Situated in the south of the island, the nature reserve is appreciated for its surprisingly mild summer climate. Although the recordings of the snow-covered mountain chains, which can be seen in the series, probably originated predominantly in the winter.
While life as a Hollywood star is often glamorous, those who were on the set in Iceland had to go through many icy hours and prove almost as much courage as the characters they represent. The scene in which John Snow fights with Qhorin Halfhand towards the end of Game of Thrones Season 2 took place on a cliff with a 500 meter deep abyss. The snow was so deep that the actors were constantly filling in during the demanding shoot for over two days.
Let us return to a more pleasant environment. Morocco served as a primary set for the rice scenes of Daenerys in Game of Thrones Season 3. For Filmcrew it was actually a return to a Game of Thrones location. Here was originally the King's Landing for the unpublished pilot sequence.
Although the material used here was singled out for the King's Landing of Game of Thrones Season 3, it was mainly Yunkai, the Yellow City that was filmed here. For this, the filmcrew went to the historic city of Aït Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The beautiful, sandy Kasbah of the city is not a newcomer in the silver screen, but has already served as a backdrop in films like Lawrence of Arabia, The Mummy, and Gladiator.
Another location that does not seem to be from this world is the city of Essaouira. The city in Westmarokko is also on the list of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites. In GoT, the filming location is the city of Astapor, including the Plaza of Pride and the Palace of the Good Masters. In real life, the small Essaouira is characterized by a flourishing cultural scene, historical beauty and stunning sea views, thanks to strict building regulations.
Spain has been an important filming location for Game of Thrones since season 5. In Game of Thrones season 5, Spain also joined the main Game of Thrones film locations and served mainly as a backdrop for thorns, the home of the Martells. In the books, Dorne is actually inspired by medieval Spain, which makes the country right for the perfect location. In addition, many recordings of King's Landing from the next season were produced in Spain instead of Croatia. Also many scenes from Game of Thrones Season 7 were shot here.
Seville in the south of Spain, for example, stood as a thorn in front of the camera. The famous Alcazar of Seville, for example, served to save Myrcella by Jaime and Bronn as a backdrop of the Dornish Water Gardens. There was also a bullfighting arena in Osuna, which was just outside, and could be seen as the arena of Meereen, and thus also the Schauplatz of Daenery's first kite flight at the end of Game of Thrones season 5.
In Game of Thrones Season 6, there were more Spanish sights than Game of Thrones locations, such as the long awaited Tower of Joy Flashback scene. The Zafra Castle in the Spanish province of Guadalajara represented this tower, located in the red mountains of Dorne. In addition, the mountains of Bardena's real half-desert in Navarre was part of the events surrounding Daenerys and the Khalasar in Game of Thrones Season 6. Almeria in Andalusia act as Vaes Dothrak, the capital of the Dothraki and home of Dosh Khaleen.
The Castell de Santa Florentina in Barcelona served as Horn Hill. The external shot of Altsass and Braavos were filmed in Girona, while the city of Besalú was the location for Highgarden, the home of the Tyrell family. Either way, visit the long bridge of Volantis, the Arena of Meereen, the Gardens of Dorne and many other exciting filming locations.
The medieval fortress in the small village of Doune near Stirling was built in the 13th century and then rebuilt by the Duke of Albany, Robert Steward in the late 14th century. Since then it has survived the centuries virtually unchanged and is still sitting at a strategically important junction in Scotland. Doune Castle has already appeared in several films and series, such as The Knights of the Coconut, Ivanhoe - The Black Knight and also in the first episode of Game of Thrones. It served as a backdrop for winter fur and is the only shooting location in Scotland.
From July 16, 2017, it is time again. For fans all over the world, the seventh season will certainly begin with the fifth season. It will once again be characterized by shocking twists, heated debates online and the omnipresent question. Who will rise to the Iron Throne From Westeros?
The fantasy romance series is written by George RR Martin. George RR Martin has finished five of his seven-volume Fantasy epic, A Song of Ice and Fire. We narrate the reasons why the Game of Thrones 7 series will play an important role for fans as well as for HBO.
Winter is coming - this time really!
The winter wonderland brings forth fearful and deadly creatures. After six seasons of mild temperatures, the White Walkers can finally arrive, who had already spread fear, horror, and death in the past seasons. They can finally find their way through the massive wall that the kingdom had before the dark creatures of the North.
This threat has been maintained by show runners David Benioff and DB Weiss since the first season. With the well-known British Oscar winner Jim Broadbent (Iris) and Tom Hopper (Black Sails), Game of Thrones fans will see two promising newcomers. While popular actors such as Peter Dinklage, Kit Harrington or Lena Headey, who will now earn up to three million dollars per episode thanks to new syndication deals, slip into their well-known roles.
Game of Thrones 7 Spoiler Alert - The hints from the trailer
Game of Thrones is one of the greatest successes of TV history. At first, it did not look like it. After the first cut of the pilot sequence, there were massive concerns. David Benioff and DB Weiss, the creator of the series, reveal how they are tweaking the rudder and what makes Game of Thrones so popular. Probably no other format surrounds so many speculations and theories as Game of Thrones.
This is why fans are already delighted after watching the trailer of the new season. In fact, it includes a new clash between the White Walkers and Jon Snow. The remaining members of the Stark house can also soon celebrate a big reunion after Sansa and Jon were reunited in the past season.
The end of the sixth season, however, already indicated that tensions between the half-brothers and sisters that could arise in the face of unexplained power conditions on winter fur, when the devilish Littlefinger maintains his influence on Sansa.
With regard to Arya Stark, there is a probability that the youngest of the Stark's daughters would continue the personal revenge against figures that crashed the House Stark into ruin before she became her siblings. As the White Walkers are back, at least Bran Stark will continue his journey towards the Wall and Winterfell.
The House of Lannister is still crisper and still in power. At last, Cersei, previously a mother of various throne owners, rose to be the queen. The mental state, after the loss of the children, is a cause for concern, even with the otherwise loyal brother Jaime, who has already earned a reputation as a murderer of madmen.
There are many indications that the incestuous sibling couple might be in a big disagreement. The character development of Jaime Lannister's sense of reason and compassion runs counter to the increasing madness of Cersei. Tyrion, the right hand of Daenerys Targaryen, who is also preparing to occupy the throne, could already be seen on a shipwreck in the direction of Westeros at the end of Game of Thrones 6.
The fate of Daenerys will, of course, play a big part in season seven. After a six-year-old odyssey through the tributaries of Essos, she will finally march to Westeros with a powerful army to claim her legitimate position as a queen. Daenerys have now joined Greyjoys Theon and Yara, while uncle Euron forged wedding plans to marry and form a powerful alliance.
Olenna, however, who was left behind by the house, finally planned revenge, with Ellaria Sand and Varys on her side, who continued dancing on several weddings. The Clegane House is still irrefutably split, which joined the paramilitary troops of the Brotherhood without a banner and kept his brother as a zombie for the coarse queen Cersei. It is also unclear about Samwell Tarly, who arrived last in the citadel.
Game of Thrones and its importance for HBO
Game of Thrones is on the finish line. Of the 13 remaining episodes, 7 of them in the upcoming seventh season. It has to be seen whether Westeros will join or fall against the threat of the White Walkers. Not only fans, but HBO also has to adjust that we are on the verge of the end of the epic fantasy saga. In any case, the fantasy series is one of the most influential formats of the past few years. HBO benefited from this.
Accordingly, during the past years, HBO feverishly sought an equivalent replacement for Game of Thrones. The withdrawal of the award-winning format from HBO's program portfolio, which brought HBO not only a high audience interest but also a lot of the prestige that the premium station lost in the past years could now be expensive. In fact, the sought after replacement is not in sight. We are far away from the days when HBO, starting with the Sopranos, created hit after hit and for a long time was the number one stop for TV series fans.
Is the solution to HBO's mini-crisis there in a Game of Thrones spin-off?
HBO is not lacking any of the highly-discussed formats, such as the mini-series The Night of or Big Little Lies, the multi-award winning comedy Veep or the most promising newcomer Westworld. In between, there was even a cracking flop with the hotter Vinyl. The solution to the dilemma surrounding the ending of Game of Thrones could lie for HBO in Game of Thrones itself.
Recent news even suggests that HBO could postpone the final season of the original format to 2019. It would then seamlessly connect to the mother format with a spin-off. George RR Martin recently confirmed on his weblog that five spin-offs are being worked out, all of which could serve as a prequel to the current series in Game of Thrones.
Not only the theme points to further series, but also the committed authors, who are working on the offshoots like Max Borenstein (Kong: Skull Island), Jane Goldman (Kingsman: The Golden Circle), Brian Helgeland (Legend) and Carly Wray (Mad Men, The Leftovers).
At least, the risk of a failure in these potential spin-offs seems to be significantly lower than in new substances. However, HBO should resist the temptation.
We will enter into the first episode of Game of Thrones 7, entitled Dragonstone. If the whole season holds the level of the opening sequence, we are faced with great things.