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From an enhanced supernatural monster-hunter whose destiny is linked to a crowned princess with magical powers, to an army commander who leads the invasion of Cintra on the medieval-inspired landmass, “the Continent” — the Netflix adaptation of ‘The Witcher’ is the ultimate fantasy TV series. Following the series debut in December 2019, ‘The Witcher’ became Netflix’s forth most-watched original television series of all time with 76 million viewers.
But what makes ‘The Witcher’ so magical isn’t just the mythical creatures, wizards and sorcerers, but rather its undeniably rich winter scenery. Just as expansive as “the Continent” is in the series, so are the real-life set locations. ‘The Witcher’ is mostly filmed in Spain, but the show also features historic castles and landscapes from several other European countries including Poland, Austria and the United Kingdom.
For the loyal fans who want to immerse themselves in a historically-rich vacation, here is App in the Air’s ‘The Witcher’ destination guide.
Ogrodzieniec Castle in Podzamcze, Poland
Featured in the Battle of Sodden Hill scene during the final episode of season one, the Ogrodzieniec Castle is a ruined 14th-century medieval masterpiece situated on the highest hill of the Kraków-Częstochowa Upland. Hike or bike one of the most famous tourist routes in Poland, the Trail of Eagle’s Nests, to view the ruins of Ogrodzieniec and the many other 14th century castles built by the late King Casimir the Great.
Kreuzenstein Castle in Leobendorf, Austria
Episode three features the exteriors of the Royal Palace of Vizima, which was filmed at the Kreuzenstein Castle on the outskirts of Vienna. The Kreuzenstein Castle was built on top of the remains of a medieval castle that was demolished during the Thirty Years’ War between 1618 and 1648. Schedule a visit with an expert tour guide and roam the halls of the 12-century castle, while learning about its history, architecture and cultural significance.
Fort Monostor in Komárom, Hungary
Although much of the in-studio production took place in the heart of Budapest, Hungary, the 1850s fortress at Monostori in Komárom is featured as the exterior of Cintra. Ciri’s escape in episode one also takes place in the surrounding woods. Following the end of World War II, the Soviets built the largest ammunition storage inside Fort Monostor. As of today, visitors can tour the fort and its museum.
Also, in the nearby city of Tata, the mid-14th-century Tata Castle is used as Yennefer’s house in episode five during her communion. Situated on the northern tip of Lake Öreg, the Tata Castle was once the summer home of King Sigismund of Luxembourg and Mátyás Hunyadi.
Season two of ‘The Witcher’ is set to premiere this week on December 17, with all eight episodes available to watch at once. While die-hard fans patiently wait until then, we look forward to seeing all the glorious European travel destinations featured in the new season!
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