• 5 Movie Filming Locations You Should Visit

    Posted by Stephen Whitfield


    If you're working, living or travelling overseas, you'll want to see everything the country has to offer - including all of it's hidden gems. One way to see the very best of a country is by visiting movie filming locations abroad!

    Whether you're fascinated by fantasy lands or just want to immerse yourself in what you've seen on the big screen; exploring film locations is an unforgettable way to spend your days in foreign lands.

    The world is full of amazing places that film crews travel far and wide to find, and we've collected the top five most beautiful and magical filming locations abroad to inspire some wanderlust.Forget the lights and the camera... this is all about action!

    However, with adventure abroad comes the subject of health insurance - are you covered in the area you are planning a visit to? Find out why health insurance matters.


    5. Lord of the Rings – New Zealand


    "Bag End" by Rob Chandler (Rob & Jules) - Flickr. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

    New Zealand lies on two tectonic plates and over the millennia this has made it one of the most diverse land masses on earth. From icy lakes, snow topped mountains, tropical beaches and even volcanoes, New Zealand's landscape never fails to leave an impression. No wonder the producers of Lord of The Rings thought it the ideal location for the multi-million pound film series. You can even take a tour of the set of Hobbiton - including Bilbo's house!


    4. Harry Potter - Christ Church College, Oxford


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    GFDL via Wikimedia Commons

    Christ Church in Oxford, England was invaded with cloak-clad wizards and witches when the cast and crew of the Harry Potter film series worked their magic there. Some legendary scenes were filmed in the College's classical, imposing halls - among them the scene when the children first met Professor McGonagall and the first flying lesson.

    3. Game of Thrones – Northern Ireland/Croatia


     "Dubrovnik, Croatia" by Edwardwexler - via Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Dubrovnik,_Croatia.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Dubrovnik,_Croatia.jpg


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     Okay, so this isn't a movie, but it is an amazing TV series! Game of Thrones has been filmed in locations around the world so it's relatively easy to get a taste of its world. Northern Ireland was transformed into Northern Westeros, with some scenes filmed in the ‘Dark Hedge’ area, whose winding trees we’re first planted in the 1700's. In ‘Stark’ contrast… Croatia was depicted as the South, with Dubrovnik being the capital, 'King's Landing'. If you visit Dubrovnik you will easily be able to make connections between the locations and the show. With its beautiful surrounding and traditional architecture, little CGI backgrounds or alterations were even needed!


    2. The Grand Budapest Hotel- Görlitzer Warenhaus Department Store, Germany


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    “The Grand Budapest Hotel” didn't take the box office by storm, but it's worth a watch just to experience a taste of Germany. The movie was filmed on location throughout, primarily in Görlitz, Germany. Although the exterior of the hotel itself was actually a scale model, the interior was filmed in an abandoned German department store which for the most part was what you saw in the film. The towering pillars, giant skylight and extravagant chandeliers were all original features that worked perfectly for the films tone. The furniture, decorations and actors simply filled the building that appeared all but fit for purpose!                    

    1. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon- Hongcunzhen, China


     "Huangshan 11" by Ben Miller - Ben Miller. Licensed under CC BY-SA 1.0 via Wikimedia Commons[/caption]

    This location is an absolute must for any martial arts fan within reach. Hongcunzhen village in China is a world heritage site that was one of the many locations for the movie ‘Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon’. The village was built 900 years ago so it perfectly suits the period of the movie. The village is featured at the very beginning of the movie where Wudang master Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun-fat) arrives to devote himself to meditation.  

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