When does Game of Thrones take place
Game of Thrones: Where is Westeros?
A journey to the most important filming locations of the spectacular fantasy epic - sorted by fan factor. A picture gallery with the most beautiful locations can be found below.
6th place: Iceland
In "Game of Thrones" Iceland has to serve for the inhospitable world north of the wall. The film was mainly shot in the largely glaciated Vatnajökull National Park, for example on the Dimmuborgir lava field. Jon Schnee comes closer to the wild Ygritte in the Grjótagjá bathing grotto. Arya and Sandor "the bloodhound" Clegane roam parts of the enchanting Pingvellir National Park.
Fan fact: A secondary glacier of Vatnajökull has been renamed Jon Snow Glacier.
5th place: Malta
In the first season of Game of Thrones, Malta was a central filming location and turned into King's Landing: Mdina Gate became the city gate, Pjazza Mesquita became Littlefinger's brothel, in Fort Manoel King Joffrey judged Ned Stark. In the other seasons, however, the Croatian Dubrovnik Malta outstripped the rank (see below).
Fan fact: Daenerys married Khal Drogo in front of the impressive Azure Window on the sister island of Gozo. In 2017 it collapsed in a severe storm.
4th place: Morocco
The port city of Essaouira and the desert village of Ait-Ben-Haddou with its residential castles provided the backdrop for the slave cities of Yunkai and Astapor freed from Daenerys. It was also shot in the Atlas studios near Quarzazate.
Fan-Fact: Ait-Ben-Haddou has already served as a filming location for "Lawrence of Arabia", "Gladiator", "Prince of Persia - The Sands of Time" and "The Mummy", among others.
3rd place: Spain
With the fifth season of Game of Thrones, the "GoT" makers seem to have got a taste for Spain: The Alcázar royal palace in Seville was transformed into the headquarters of the Martells and its gardens into the water gardens of Dorne. The slave fights of Meereen took place in the nearby bullring of Osuna. Via the Puente Romano of Cordoba, Varys and Tyrion reached the city-state of Volantis. Many buildings and streets in the old town of Girona represented the Free City of Braavos, the cathedral served as the great sept of Baelor. Drachenstein, the family seat of the Targaryens, relocated the series to the rough Atlantic coast of the Basque Country, especially to the island of Gaztelugatxe.
Fan fact: The Alcázar is not only a Unesco World Heritage Site, but also one of the oldest palaces in the world that is still in use. The Spanish royal family spends a few weeks a year here.
2nd place: Croatia
Since the second season, the old town of Dubrovnik has stood for Westeros' capital, King's Landing: Almost all exterior scenes were filmed here, the Lovrijenac fortress is King's Landing's capital castle, the Red Keep. The church of the fanatical sect of the High Sparrow is the Diocletian's Palace in Split.
Fan fact: Thanks to "Game of Thrones", Dubrovnik is experiencing a real tourist boom, the sights no longer even bear their real names during day and boat tours on the topic. In the meantime, the GoT hype has gone too far for many: Dubrovnik is now one of the most visited old towns on the Mediterranean.
1st place: Northern Ireland
More "Game of Thrones" is not possible: Belfast is, so to speak, the headquarters of the "Game of Thrones" production. A number of scenes from the series were filmed at Titanic Studios. Castle Ward has represented Winterfell, the home of the Starks, since season two. The hollow-way-like avenue "Dark Hedges" appears again and again as the royal road. The demonic shadow baby was born in the caves of the "Cushendun Caves". And the quarry of Magheramorne Quarry was already transformed into the Black Fortress on the Wall and was the scene of the Battle of Hartheim.
Fan Fact: HBO has announced that after filming is complete, some studio sets and well-known locations in Northern Ireland will be made available to "Thronies". The "Game of Thrones Legacy attractions" should not only make the iconographic sets tangible, but also promise a look behind the scenes and interactive digital excursions into the fantastic world of "Game of Thrones".
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