Game of Thrones destinations
8 filming locations you can visit with a Eurail Pass
Game of Thrones has taken the world by storm. If you’re a fan of the show and planning a trip to Europe, you’ll already know that the many of the Seven Kingdoms are actually influenced by real destinations over there. Here’s how to get to some of the most famous Game of Thrones filming locations in Croatia, Spain and Ireland with a Eurail Pass.
1. Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik is probably the most famous of the Game of Thrones filming locations. From the moment you arrive in this dramatic walled town, you’ll feel pangs of nostalgia and a sense of awe. You’ll also instantly see why the production team opted for this as one of the major locations. There’s a palpable sense of history flowing through the streets, and it all feels like a permanent movie set.
Recognizable locations: King’s Landing, House of the Undying (Minceta Tower), The Red Keep (Lovrijenac Fortress), Qarth (Lokrum).
2. Split, Croatia
Much like Dubrovnik, it’s easy to imagine yourself walking through the set of an epic movie on a casual saunter through Split old town. Many scenes were shot inside this UNESCO World Heritage site. As such, there’s less a sense of individual grand locations, and more an overall fantasy feel. The Roman emperor Diocletian built his palace throughout Split. Thanks to him, you can stay in beautiful old buildings, have an immersive experience, and view many of the attractions at no cost.
Recognizable locations: Meereen and the site of Daenerys’ throne room.
3. Ston, Croatia
Just a short bus ride away from Dubrovnik are the famous Walls of Ston. This dramatic structure has played an important role in the King’s Landing. They form the fortifications surrounding the western side of the city. The region is getting more popular with location-chasing tourists, but it’s still a beautiful destination regardless of your interest in the show.
Recognizable locations: King’s Landing.
4. Girona, Spain
Not all Game of Thrones filming locations glory goes to Croatia. The Spanish medieval city of Girona has also served as a more recent base for filming. Scenes from season six include shots of the famous old town, the cathedral, Arab Baths, and Jewish Quarter.
Recognizable locations: Several locations, including the Cathedral of Girona and its steps, Arab Baths, El Call, and Plaça dels Jurats.
5. Bardenas Reales Natural Park, Spain
Dedicated GoT fans can make the trek to the haunting location of the Dothraki Sea in Bardenas Reales. It’s situated in north-eastern Spain and the beautiful desert landscape is worth the journey there alone. Although the region is only a recent addition to the growing list of European locations, it’s already proven a popular pilgrimage for watchers of the show.
Recognizable locations: Dothraki Sea (Bardenas Reales Natural Park).
6. Seville, Spain
Seville may have garnered its original screen fame due to Star Wars, but recent seasons of Game of Thrones have also featured this iconic Spanish city. In particular, parts of season 5 featured the interior and exterior of Seville’s beautiful Alcazar, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Recognizable locations: Water Gardens of Dorne (Alcazar of Seville).
7. Tollymore Forest Park, Northern Ireland
If you’re easily scared by the thought of White Walkers, then it’s best if you give this Game of Thrones location a miss. The beautiful 600-hectare Tollymore Forest Park in Northern Ireland offers incredible views, plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities, and has also shown up in several episodes of the show.
Recognizable locations: It’s here that Ned Stark and his sons found those direwolf pups. Even though it’s impossible to track down all key locations, much of the forest will feel eerily familiar.
8. Castle Ward, Northern Ireland
Castle Ward is a beautiful tourist attraction in its own right, but its feature as one of the prominent Game of Thrones filming locations has only elevated this beautiful structure’s status. It served as the courtyard of Winterfell, and a visit here will instantly transport you into this thrilling fantasy land.
Recognizable locations: Winterfell (Castle Ward courtyard).
Tracking down key Game of Thrones filming locations isn’t always an easy task. But given the show’s sprawling and expanding list of key destinations, you can fit a few places into your itinerary. Cross a handful on a Eurail journey through Croatia, Spain, and Northern Ireland that will make your trip even more memorable.