Game of Thrones Sites in Europe

By Viator, September 2015

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HBO's epic medieval drama has more than just plot twists and CGI wizardry up its sleeve -- the fantasy series also features a backdrop of some of Europe's most spectacular natural landscapes. So while the on-screen War of the Five Kings rages on, Game of Thrones fans can play out their own adventures in the real-life filming locations. To get you started, here's a rundown of the main Game of Thrones film sites.

Thrones fans might recognize the striking landscape of King's Landing as they wander the coastal city of Dubrovnik -- the lively Croatian resort town doubles up as the fictional capital of the Thrones' Seven Kingdoms. Take a Game of Thrones Walking Tour of and you can walk in the footsteps of Ayra Stark through the backstreets of Dubrovnik; climb the old city walls, as attacked by the Baratheons in the first season; and take in the views from the 11th century Lovrijenac Fortress, which looks out over the fictional Blackwater Bay. This was the Kingdom where Eddard Stark was shockingly decapitated at the end of Season 1, but don't expect to stand in his footsteps of the Sept of Baelor -- most of it was created with CGI.

Northern Ireland
Switching from the sunny climes of the King’s Landing to the rugged wilderness of Winterfell required a change of location and the castles, quarries and woodlands of Northern Ireland provided the perfect setting. Northern Ireland is awash with photo-worthy landscapes and real-life locations like the Gray Cliffs of Ballintoy Harbour (the Iron Islands) and the natural tree arches of the Dark Hedges (Arya’s escape route from King’s Landing) are just as dramatic as their on-screen alter-egos. There are plenty of other Thrones set locations dotted around the country, so take a Game of Thrones Tour from Belfast and you can wander through the caves where Melisandre of Asshai gave birth to her ‘shadow baby’; take a peek at Ballycastle, where Varys was born as a slave in the Free Cities; and visit Downhill Strand, which featured in the series as Dragonstone.

Where better to film the scenes for the uncharted lands North of the Wall than the snow-blanketed wilderness of Iceland? Head to Skaftafell National Park where you can explore the vast Vatnajökull glacier, the setting for Jon Snow's epic journey beyond the wall in Season 2, or hike across the Svínafellsjökull glacier, where the Rangers of the Night Watch protected the Wall from intruders. Lookout for more destinations hitting the screen in Season 3 too -- scenes were shot in the Þingvellir national park, Myvatn, the Hengill volcanic crater and Þórsárdalur valley.

Remember back to the very beginning of Season 1 when a young Daenerys Targaryen married Khal Drogo? The peculiar natural archway of rocks featured as the backdrop is the 'Azure Window' found on the island of Gozo in Malta.

Spain’s southern city of Seville is gearing up to be a set for season five of Game of Thrones. Of particular interest is the city’s 10th-century Alcázar of Seville, the Moorish fort-meets-royal residence that is still used by the Crown to this day. For scenes in the show, the Alcázar—and especially its Patio de las Doncellas, with a reflection pond and intricate mudéjar design—could likely serve as the Water Gardens, where the rulers of Dorne reside. It is also rumored that the southern village of Osuna may host filming as well. Many of its sights have been considered, and its bullring would no doubt make the perfect backdrop for Daznak’s Pit. 

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'Game of Thrones' Filming Locations Tour From Reykjavik

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Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 8 hours

From USD $80.37

Viator Exclusive: 'Game of Thrones' Walking Tour of Dubrovnik

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Location: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Duration: 3- 5.5 hours

From USD $66.01

'Game of Thrones' and Giant's Causeway Tour from Belfast

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Location: Belfast, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 hours

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Viator Exclusive Combo: 'Game of Thrones' in Dubrovnik and Split

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Location: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Duration: Varies on each tour (between 3 and 5.5 hours each)

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Viator Exclusive: 'Game of Thrones' Walking Tour in Seville with Optional Trip to Osuna

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Location: Seville, Spain
Duration: Varies (depending on selected option)

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Gozo Day Trip from Malta

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Location: Valletta, Malta
Duration: 7 hours

From USD $63.14

Private Tour: Game of Thrones and Giant’s Causeway Tour from Belfast

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Location: Belfast, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 hours

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Viator Exclusive: 'Game of Thrones' Tour in Split

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Location: Split, Croatia
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

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Viator Exclusive: 'Game of Thrones' Private Tour of Malta

Location: Valletta, Malta
Duration: 5 hours

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