12 locations from movies and TV series worth visiting when traveling
Journeys | 29.01.2020
Visiting places from popular films and TV series is a good way to add some variety to your trip and let the fictional world into the real one. We put together 15 locations where some of the most famous titles were filmed. Save these spots in the app and remember to include them into your to-visit list during the trip.
1. Christ Church College, Oxford | Harry Potter Series
Without the Enchanted Ceiling, the candles and the High Table, this place doesn't look that magical, but you still can't mistake the Great Hall from the Harry Potter films. Stone arches, long tables and lofty ceilings. Here, Harry was sorted into Gryffindor and was given his first broomstick, Ron Weasley got his dress robes for the ball, and many other memorable events from the series happened.

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2. The Bronx Stairs, New York, USA | Joker
Here is one more story of an unassuming and obscure place experiencing a tourism boom. After the premiere of Joker, people set out to find the stairs in Bronx where the character of Joaquin Phoenix was dancing to Gary Glitter's "Rock and Roll". Photographers create collages or have their own shoots based on the movie, and tourists take some photos to remember the trip, too. The locals were divided over the phenomenon: some believe that the surge of tourism will improve the image of the area notorious for its crime rate, but there are also those who just have trouble using the stairs in peace.

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3. Hotel Sidi Driss, Tunisia | Tatooine, Star Wars
Everyone who watched Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope remembers Luke Skywalker's home planet, Tatooine, and his home. After Episode II – Attack of the Clones, then the third episode and the prequel of the original trilogy in general, this previously obscure hotel became popular among the saga's fans, and some of the decor was left in place after the filming. Even so, Sidi Driss was not turned into a mere attraction but continued to work as a fully functional hotel where you can stay for the night, in a cave.

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4. Ogrodzieniec Castle, Poland | The Witcher
The most epic battle featuring mages at the end of the first season of The Witcher series was shot in Poland, 65 kilometers (40 miles) from Kraków. Ogrodzieniec Castle was once a prosperous settlement. Now, it's more of a vestige of its past glory, but even the ruins look impressive. Polish Tourism Organisation hopes to emulate the success of Game of Thrones in attracting tourists to these places thanks to the series' filming, but so far, not so many people are visiting here.

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5. Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA | 127 Hours
Based on a true story, 127 Hours recounts the hardships of Aron Ralston, whose hand was crushed by a 300-kilogram (more than 600 pounds) rock in Blue John Canyon. The climber was able to get out only five days later, after a great deal of pain and deliberation. The filming took place in the Canyonlands Park itself, at the same spot where it all happened back in 2003.

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6. Dubrovnik, Croatia | King's Landing, Game of Thrones
The iconic series gave us not only a whole new universe with dragons and frozen zombies but also a lot of ideas for travel. Places which didn't use to be so popular are now suffering from overtourism, but while the series' popularity is still high, it's worth visiting one of its most famous locations, King's Landing. The capital city of Westeros was shot in Dubrovnik, and to avoid crowds of fans, it's better to come off-season and go for a walk early in the morning. The red roofs will instantly remind you of the turning points in the plot, of Cersei's smug face, and of the Iron Throne.

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7. The West Village Building, New York, USA | Monica/Rachel's & Joey/Chandler's apartments, Friends
If you count the number of times during the ten seasons of Friends series when we were shown the building where Monica and Rachel's apartment is presumably located, the figure will surely be above a hundred, and fans of the show can unmistakably point out the signature grey building corner and fire escape. The building's address is 90 Bedford Street, and it has long been a famous tourist destination in New York, among other locations from all the iconic films and TV series shot in the city.

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8. Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland, UK | Harry Potter Series
The Harry Potter film series is rich with beautiful locations, so you should visit at least one more. You surely remember the picturesque scene with the Hogwarts Express speeding along a bridge. Mind you, it's not some graphics but a real place. This arched viaduct, Glenfinnan, is made of reinforced concrete and is located in Scotland, connecting Fort William and Mallaig. You can see it from afar if you decide to take a walk from the station with the same name. If you would like to see a steam engine, too, you better check the schedule. Trains do not go here every often, especially on weekends.

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9. Skógafoss Waterfall, Iceland | Vikings
The Vikings TV series relates the story of the Vikings' civilization, even touching upon the discovery of Iceland, when Floki, a boat builder, reaches an uninhabited northern island and swiftly names is "the Land of the Gods". The impressive shot where the Viking observes the powerful stream of water was filmed in a popular destination, Skógafoss Waterfall. In the series, it's a desolate place, but in reality, the location is not crowded only in a few cases: at night (though not always), at dawn, and during the winter blizzards. So, if you want to spend some time alone with nature, better plan the trip for the right time.

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10. Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia | Mad Max: Fury Road
The intense battles of Mad Max were shot in the deserts of Namibia. To get the full picture – the aggressive cars, the heat and the colorful characters – you should come to the Namib-Naukluft National Park. The area is 50,000 square meters (about 540,000 square feet), so it's a good idea to plan your visit beforehand. For example, try visiting Deadvlei, "The Death Valley", to see the dried up black trees casting some interesting shadows.

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11. Matamata, New Zealand | Hobbiton, The Lord of the Rings
A four-hour drive from Oakland, near the town of Matamata on the North Island of New Zealand, there is a movie set of The Lord of the Rings where you can take a stroll through Hobbiton and even go into one of its cozy little houses. Ask a local guide to give you a tour to hear some curious behind-the-scenes stories and learn more about this place.

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12. The Pond and Gapstow Bridge, Central Park, New York, USA | Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
The well-known scene with the Pigeon Lady near the stone bridge and the cold winter city's landscape was shot in Central Park. The character of Macaulay Culkin met the woman with pigeons in its southeastern side. It's easy to find the bridge and the pond if you enter the right way. We recommend you use the entrance at the intersection of 5th Avenue and 59th Street.

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