7 Game of Thrones Filming Locations in Europe Fans Can’t Miss

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Calling all Game of Thrones fans: feeling nostalgic as the final season comes to an end? We know the feeling. So, while anxiously awaiting the next episode, we put together a list of Game of Thrones locations that you can visit in real life. You don’t have to be the Mother of Dragons or cross the Narrow Sea to get to these locations. If you’re planning to study abroad in Europe, some of the most famous Game of Thrones filming locations are easy to get to on a weekend trip from some of our study abroad locations. No need to bend the knee; you can thank us later.

Disclaimer: This post contains some spoilers!

Here are 7 Game of Thrones filming
locations where you can explore Westeros in real life:

1. Game of Thrones Location: King’s Landing

In Real Life: Dubrovnik, Croatia

King’s Landing – Capital of the Seven Kingdoms and home to some of the series’ most intense and important scenes – was set in the city of Dubrovnik, Croatia (featured above). Located on the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik is a lot more enjoyable to visit in real life as it’s not subject to Cersei’s reign. The historical city is filled with museums, beautiful architecture, and its Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A must-see for Game of Thrones fans in Dubrovnik is Fort Lovrijenac, a stunning fortress that’s otherwise known as the Red Keep.

For a weekend
trip to Dubrovnik, study abroad in Austria, Italy,
or Greece!

2. Game of Thrones Location: The Iron Islands

In Real Life: Ballintoy Harbour, Northern Ireland

Ballintoy Harbour, Northern Ireland

Home
of House Greyjoy and the Ironborn, the Iron Islands’ real title is Ballintoy
Harbour in Northern Ireland. Located on the Causeway Coast, Ballintoy Harbour
is right down the road from Giant’s Causeway, one of Northern Ireland’s most
popular attractions. If Theon was one of your favorite characters, make sure
you visit Ballintoy Harbour while studying
abroad in Ireland.

For a weekend trip to Ballintoy Harbour, study abroad in Irelandor Northern Ireland!

3. Game of Thrones Location: The Steps of the Great Sept of Baelor

In Real Life: Manoel Island, Malta

Manoel Island, Malta

Of the many Game of Thrones filming locations, this next one is home to one of the show’s most shocking scenes. Fort Manoel in Malta was where Ned Stark’s beheading took place in Season 1. A fun fact about this real-life fort is that it’s said to be haunted – which is fitting for the site of such an unnerving scene. Legend has it, multiple visitors have claimed that they’ve seen the ghost of a knight wandering throughout the 18th century fort. Perhaps people in King’s Landing have heard whisperings of Ned Stark’s ghost wandering that same (fictional) spot…

For a weekend
trip to Manoel Island, study abroad in Spain!

4. Game of Thrones Location: Winterfell

In Real Life: Castle Ward, Northern Ireland

Castle Ward, Northern Ireland

Are
you a Stark at heart? If so, Castle Ward in Northern Ireland will feel like
home. This medieval castle’s farmyard was the filming location for Winterfell. A
replica of Winterfell’s archery range (where Jon and Robb taught Bran how to
shoot) was recreated in the courtyard, making visitors feel like they’re really
in Westeros. And for those die-hard Stark fans: you can even dress up in a costume
during your visit to become a true Northerner.

For a weekend trip to Castle Ward, study abroad in Irelandor Northern Ireland!

5. Game of Thrones Location: The Kingsroad

In Real Life: The Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland

The Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland

Check
out the longest highway in the Seven Kingdoms for yourself! In the series, the
Kingsroad runs from Jon Snow’s former home at the Wall all the way to King’s Landing.
In real life, this road was filmed at one of Northern Ireland’s most mystical
attractions, the Dark Hedges. When you visit, you’ll be in awe at this natural
wonder – and will see why it’s a perfect setting for a show as enchanting as
Game of Thrones.

For a weekend trip to the Dark Hedges, study abroad in Ireland or Northern Ireland!

6. Game of Thrones Location: Dragonstone

In Real Life: Northern Coast of Spain

Itzurun Beach in Zumaia, Spain

Remember
when Dany claimed her ancestral seat at Dragonstone? The beach, cave, and
winding footbridge are real-life locations based in Itzurun Beach in Zumaia and Muriola Beach near Barrika, on the
Northern Coast of Spain. The winding footbridge is always open to visitors and
offers magnificent views for Game of Thrones fans and non-fans alike – but no
dragons or castles will be awaiting you at the top (only a small chapel!).

For a weekend
trip to the Northern Coast of Spain, study abroad
in Spain!

7. Game of Thrones Location: Qarth

In Real Life: Benedictine Monastery on Lokrum Island, Croatia

Benedictine Monastery, Lokrum Island, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Visit
the “Greatest City That Ever Was or Will Be” in its real-life location, Lokrum
Island. Qarth, a fictional seaside trading city that was a significant part of
Dany’s story in Season 2, was based on this quaint island off the coast of
Dubrovnik, Croatia. Enjoy the natural beauty of Qarth – minus any warlock
appearances – while exploring this tiny island.

For a weekend
trip to Lokrum Island, study abroad in Austria, Italy,
or Greece!

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