When the opening credits of HBO’s Game Of Thrones begins with the epic instrumental track by Ramin Djawadi, your mind is already prepared for the Battle of The Seven Kingdoms, Valyrian sword in hand. But more breathtaking than the animated map of the land of Westeros from King’s Landing to the Wall and beyond, are the real locations all across Europe where the series is regularly shot. Let’s take a look at the Game Of Thrones’ Westeros Out-Of-This-World Real Locations:
The icy cold lands of the ice Wall and the land beyond where the Wildlings rule is actually a location in Northern Iceland – the Hvaerfjall Volcano. When you see the undead White Walkers charging down these snowy slopes or the Wildlings preparing for battle with their giants, you know it’s actually this barren place in the north of Europe.
Astapor is a port city depicted in Game of Thrones, where the Dothraki Khaleesi Danaerys Targaryen has her three dragons and makes an attempt to purchase all the Unsullied soldiers, the trained, castrated lot who are considered the best fighters in the world. Astapor is infamous for being a slaving hub, though the Khaleesi “Breaker of Chains” tries to make good on her promise to herself to free every slave. The location is actually the beautiful Essaouira in the northern part of Africa’s Morroco and has been a shooting for other hit films.
That triumphant moment that Danaerys Targaryen had at the House of the Undying in Qarth is one to remember, because that was the first time her then little dragons killed with their breathing fire. After having a living nightmare of emerging from the Wall in the north and finding her husband and unborn son, she bravely walks out and rescues her dragons. The location is actually the Minceta Tower in Croatia, another UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The famous Dothraki Wedding between Khal Drogo and Danaerys Targaryen was a grand affair, complete with duels and gifts galore. And the outdoor nuptials were set in a scenic location, on a coast with a natural window in the background. This was actually shot on the beautiful island of Malta at a place called Gozo.