After three probably quite long years, Game of Thrones fans finally have the opportunity to revisit the world of Westeros after the HBO hit series aired its much-anticipated prequel on August 21 this year.
Among all the fighting, bloodshed and flying dragons, one of the most awe-inspiring aspects of both House of the Dragon and Game of Thrones is their filming locations.
From right here in Croatia, to Northern Ireland, Malta and Spain, the landscapes that brought the Seven Kingdoms to life have now become mega tourist hot spots. And it’s fair to say that fans are keen to explore the epic backdrops from the series in real life too.
At Cruise Croatia, we can definitely vouch for this, considering that many of our guests are eager to visit Dubrovnik’s Old Town, the filming location of King’s Landing, and Diocletian’s Palace in Split, where Daenarys kept her Dragons.
So, amongst all the excitement, we wanted to see which Game of Thrones filming locations were seeing the most interest from travellers and find out which location, in particular, each country wants to visit.
Most Searched For Game of Thrones Filming Locations In Each Country
Now that we have found out which GoT filming locations each country searches for the most, we were interested to find out which shooting locations cropped up the most around the world overall… Find out below.
Most Searched For Game of Thrones Filming Locations
Of all the GoT filming locations analysed, the winner by a country mile, with over half (51%) of countries included in the study searching for it, is Krka National Park. It may not be the most recognizable Game of Thrones filming location but the national park serves as a backdrop for a number of ‘on-the-road’ locations and wide shots from across the Seven Kingdoms. A notable scene is where Arya Stark and The Hound cross the Riverlands in season 4, episode 3 'Breaker of Chains'.
In second place is another Croatian beauty spot, Dubrovnik Old Town, which was the most searched for filming location in one in ten (12%) of the countries in the study including Brazil, Japan and Turkey. The walls of Dubrovnik’s Old Town were used as the backdrop for many of the King’s Landing scenes. In fact, the capital of the Seven Kingdoms was almost entirely filmed in the beautiful city.
Rounding up the top three is a tie. Þingvellir National Park in Iceland and Cáceres Old Town in Spain. Þingvellir which was used as the backdrop for North Of Westeros. The landscape heavily features throughout Game of Thrones season 4 as well as being the location of the epic sword fight between The Hound and Brienne of Tarth. Cáceres Old Town, on the other hand, was used as the backdrop for the exteriors of Kings Landing in the House of the Dragon. Compared to how it is portrayed in Game of Thrones, the well-preserved medieval town offers a different side to Kings Landing under the Targaryen golden age.
In order to find out the most searched-for Game of Thrones filming locations, we first compiled a list of 50 of the most popular and most written about filming locations from the Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon series.
Using Ahrefs, we then searched for this list in every country of the world, translating this accordingly if required.
The GoT filming location with the highest search volume that is located in each country searched was then taken as the most popular GoT shooting location in that country.
The search volume data used shows how many times per month, on average, people search for the target keyword across the country.
Countries, where data was not available, were omitted from the study.
Data correct as of September 2022.