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Live Out Your ‘The Witcher’ Fantasies at These Epic Filming Locations

In the days before Christmas, we humbly recommended the new Netflix series The Witcher to accompany a long-ass train ride. Now we’re here to recommend you deepen the relationship.

The Witcher, while currently sitting at a tepid 63% on Rotten Tomatoes, has broad appeal.

You might come for the rich fantasy storyline, based on a book series by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski. Maybe you’re in for the echoes of Game Of Thrones or the more prominent campiness of it all. Perhaps you strictly need eight episodes of jacked Henry Cavill as monster hunter Geralt of Rivia. Or you might be in it for the memes.

However, there’s another major asset at play in The Witcher: its backdrops. The series is unexpectedly rich on travel inspiration. After all, its filming locations included Spain, Hungary, Poland and the Canary Islands.

If you want to pretend you’re a buff witcher prowling unfamiliar lands, here’s a few places to start.

Trawl Director Charlotte Brändström’s Instagram For Inspo

Accomplished director Charlotte Brändström helmed two episodes of The Witcher, keeping her Instagram followers in the loop while scouting otherworldly locations. The results are stunning.

Most notably, the director travelled to La Palma, one of Spain’s Canary Islands off the coast of Africa. You’ll recognise these epic vistas from the completed show. Time to book a trip?

 

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Location scouting for ’The Witcher’

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Early morning hike! La Palma Island

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Visit Poland’s Ogrodzieniec Castle

(Minor spoiler warning.) Given The Witcher’s Polish origins, it’s fitting that the series finale captures the country’s gothic landmark Ogrodzieniec Castle.

Built in the 14th century, the castle is found in the village of Podzamcze, an hour’s drive from Kraków.

Ogrodzieniec Castle provided one of the filming locations for the climatic Battle of Sodden. It truly looks the part in real life. Anna Shaffer, who plays Temerian sorceress Triss Merigold in the series, shared this off-duty snapshot.

 

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Triss Merigold, Battle of Sodden Hill ✨ 🍄 ⚡️🔥 📹 by #zaddy Vilgefortz @maheshjadu 🍎

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Take The Polish Tourism Organisation’s Advice

The Polish Tourism Organisation is busy capitalising on the success of The WitcherIn addition to Ogrodzieniec Castle, the organisation has a lot of tips for a Geralt-inspired trip around the country.

These include landmarks referenced in The Witcher video game series, which was created by Polish developer CD Projekt. The suggested sights include the Crane in Gdańsk (Novigrad in the game) and the painted village Zalipie.

Don’t Put Off Your Travel Until Season Two

If you binged The Witcher over a couple of weekends, you might be hankering for more.

Well, TV production on this scale is slow. In a Reddit AMA, show runner Lauren Hissrich only gave a vague promise of ‘2021’ for season two. Plenty of time before then to scout your own fantastical locations.

(Lead Image: The Witcher / Netflix)