Check out the „Game of Thrones“ filming locations in Croatia!

There are a lot of special effects in the HBO blockbuster fantasy series Game of Thrones, but one thing that’s never faked is the spectacular scenery. If you’re looking at an elegant medieval port city, an endless expanse of frozen white wasteland, or an exotic oasis within a parched desert, you’re probably looking at the real deal, not some sort of green screen. Many destinations have worked with GOT producers to get this impressive cast/crew of hundreds over to their most unusual and beautiful corners for filming. Now, as fans are enjoying the Season 3, here’s our guide to where your favorite scenes were shot in real life.

Hotel Bellevue in Dubrovnik, Croatia

This stunning view of King’s Landing—er, sorry, Dubrovnik, is actually what many of the cast probably experienced after shooting the capital scenes by day. Adriatic Luxury Hotels hosted most of the cast and crew during their stay, and some staff were even lucky enough to party with them. Hotel Bellevue, a stylish luxury hotel just a short walk from Old Town Dubrovnik, just launched a “Discover King’s Landing” package that includes oceanview accommodations, a welcome bottle of wine (Tyrion would approve!) and a replica of a “key to King’s Landing” that doubles in real life as an attractions pass.

Qarth/Lokrum Island, Croatia

Fan sites have compared Qarth, as seen in this still image from the set, to Babylon many thousands of years ago. But in fact, the Qarth scenes were shot on a tiny island called Lokrum, just off the coast of Dubrovnik. It’s a popular daytrip destination, easily accessible by ferry from the city. Its unique landscape, which includes a small salt lake and a thousand-year-old abandoned monastery, made it a perfect real-life setting for GOT’s pagan oasis city.

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