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Where was The Witcher filmed?
Whether people tuned in to fill the hole that Game of Thrones left, or simply to ogle at Henry Cavill in a white wig and leather, The Witcher viewing numbers sky-rocketed as soon as it was released late last year by Netflix, and a second season is already on its way. Following the adventures and misadventures of monster-hunter Geralt of Rivia, the hit fantasy show is based on the book series of the same name by famous Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski. Cast and crew from the television series travelled to Eastern Europe, staying true to The Witcher's origins, and to Spain's Canary Islands, in order to bring the world of The Witcher to life. From crumbling medieval castles to valleys of plenty, here are some of the locations where the television show was filmed. Potential spoilers ahead!
Ogrodzieniec Castle, Poland
To start, we're beginning at the end. For the final episode, the series made a pilgrimage to The Witcher's birthplace in Poland, filming much of the climactic battle at Ogrodzieniec Castle and the surrounding mountainous landscape. Situated north-west of Krakow, the crumbling medieval fortress was first built during the time of King Casimir the Great. The castle has since been rebuilt several times throughout history and today is considered the most interesting and beautiful castle on the Trail of the Eagles' Nests in the Polish Jurassic Highland. Showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich was instantly captivated by its fairytale charm on a trip to meet writer Sapkowski, and the ruins became the first member of the cast before even Henry Cavill stepped into the frame.
The committed Witcher fan should also check out the Crane in Gda?sk, the painted village in Zalipie, and the windmills in Wielkopolski Ethnographic Park. These three locations all served as design references for the video game version of The Witcher.
Szentendre Skanzen Village Museum, Hungary
Szentendre Skanzen Village Museum, a recreation of traditional Hungarian village life complete with a church and windmill, served as the childhood home of sorceress Yennefer. The reconstructed village also appears in Episode 2 as the windmill community where Ciri takes refuge. Established at the end of the 19th century, the open air ethnographic museum has collected and coalesced examples of rural architecture and folklife from across Hungary to provide visitors an insight into how life was like in centuries past.
Fort Monostor, Hungary
The 1850s fortress at Monostori in Komárom on the Hungarian-Slovakian border was used for the exterior of Cintra, Ciri's home kingdom. The production also made use of the surrounding woods to shoot Ciri's escape in the first episode. The fort and its intimidating grey walls and ramparts is the the biggest Central-European fortress of modern history.
Tata Castle, Hungary
Tata Castle north-west of Budapest is the home of Yennefer in the television series, and is where Yennefer's communion with a dangerous djinn in Episode 5 was filmed. Built in the 14th century on the shores of a picturesque lake, the neo-Gothic castle was the favoured summer resort amongst Hungarian royalty.