Where Game of Thrones, The Dark Knight and more movies were filmed - and how to visit these places

2018-12-14 20:00 - Saara Mowlana
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Discover where some of your favourite films and shows were really shot. (Photo: iStock)

Have you ever seen a movie and wondered, 'Damn, that looks like an awesome place to visit!'

Well, if so, the cool kids over at Royal Caribbean have got your queries covered - they've rounded up the filming locations of not one, not two, but TEN iconic movies!

And no, I kid you not, these magical and otherwordly places do actually exist - albeit sans CGI (unfortunately), but they're still pretty incredible.

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Check out where you can geek out over all of your favourite flicks and shows from Game of Thrones to Mamma Mia below:

Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald - Paris, France 

The latest magical installment from JK Rowling is primarily set in Paris, giving us muggles a glance into the magical realm of France's wizarding community. 

Fantastic Beasts- The Crimes of Grindelwald filmin

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Mamma Mia! - Skopelos, Greece 

Mamma Mia, here we go again in Greece! A lot of the iconic musical was shot on the beautiful Skopelos island - which is blanketed in picturesque white sandy beaches and turquoise waves, making it the ideal backdrop for Sophie's wedding. Not to forget the breathtaking view from Donna's dream house actually being a mountainous peninsula near Glisteri. 

Mamma Mia filming location

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SEE THIS Quick Guide to Greece: Fun under the Mediterranean sun 

James Bond: Dr No - Oracabessa, Jamaica 

The first James Bond film was largely shot in Jamaica, with several scenes filmed a stone's throw away from GoldenEye - the home of 007 author Ian Fleming, who frequently visited the set. Location filming largely took place in the Jamaica's Oracabessa, which has now come to be known as James Bond Beach, and further scenes were shot on the iconic Palisadoes strip and in Port Royal. 

James Bond Skyfall filming location

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Game of Thrones - King's Landing - Dubrovnik, Croatia 

While the initial exterior shots of King's Landing were filmed in Malta, the main filming destination for the heart of the seven kingdoms is nestled in the coastal city of Dubrovnik, Croatia. With its famed fortified walls, narrow streets of the old town and large stretch of sea - the destination served well to adding a truly GoT essence to some of the show's most intense scenes. 

Game of Thrones filming location

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Wonder Woman - Themyscira - Amalfi Coast 

Blessed by the Olympian Gods, the picturesque Amalfi Coast in Italy was an obvious choice to actualise the Amazonian haven of Themyscira. With the natural angelic and translucent light that bounces perfectly from the turquoise waves surrounding the island and the coast's lush vegetation, it provides an ideal 'Garden of Eden' feel for the fictional island. 

Wonder Woman filming location

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Romeo & Juliet - Verona - Mexico 

The modern, 1996, adaptation of the classic Shakespearean tragedy was actually filmed in Mexico and not Verona, Italy, where the play was originally set, or even Verona Beach, New York, where Baz Luhrmann's contemporary take was set. Instead, Boca del Rio's sandy streets and imposing buildings provided the ideal backdrop for the intense feud between the Montagues and Capulets. Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City became the Capulet Mansion, while the ballroom where Romeo and Juliet fell in love was built in Churubusco Studios. 

Romeo and Juliet filming location

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Star Trek Beyond - Starbase Yorktown - Dubai 

While the crew of the USS Enterprise prefer to journey where no man has gone before, the Starbase Yorktown space station is actually filmed in s place many of us mortals have tread before - Dubai. Its jaw-dropping skyscrapers, innovative architecture and bustling streets offer the perfect futuristic backdrop for the intense battle between Krall and the Federation. 

Star Trek Beyond filming location

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Lord of the Rings - Mount Doom - New Zealand 

Such is the notoriety of Mount Doom and Mordor that the scenes were filmed across two locations in New Zealand - Mount Ngauruhoe and Mount Ruapehu. The actual summit of Ngauruhoe is held sacred by the Maori, making it impossible for Lord of the Rings to film there and it was then relocated to Ruapehu instead. Combining fire and ice, Mount Ruapehu simultaneously remains the largest active volcano in New Zealand whilst housing the only glaciers in the North Island - making it pretty damn Middle-Earth-worthy.

Lord of the Rings filming location

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Kong: Skull Island - Skull Island - Vietnam

When director Jordan Vogt-Roberts sought out a dramatic and intimidating filming location, the rich vegetation, deep marshes and tall cliffs of Vietnam shone as the perfect home for the menacing Kong. Aerial shots and helicopter chases took place in Ha Long Bay, with other locations making a cameo in the film including the UNESCO World Heritage Site Trang An and the Tu Lan Caves System. 

Kong- Skull Island filming location

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The Dark Knight - Hong Kong, China 

The shot of Batman overlooking the Hong Kong cityscape from the second tower of the International Finance Centre features in arguably one of the most iconic scenes in any comic book movie, despite the entire sequence lasting less than five minutes. You don't have to be a caped crusader to witness Hong Kong's spectacular panoramic views, however - The Peak is legendary as a premier viewpoint of the densely populated city centre.

The Dark Knight filming location

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