10 Spectacular and Famous Movie Locations That Exist As Real Places
Each time you were mesmerized by the barren planet of Tatooine or that famous ancient ruins in Indiana Jones or even the most picturesque landscape in lord of the rings, did you even once look closely to see if you recognized any of these magical places. Many such movie locations exist as actual places on earth and are equally as dramatic and spectacular as seen in the movies. Here are ten famous Hollywood locations around the world.
10 Skellig Island
Not a galaxy far far away but the actual location of the climax in “Star Wars, The Force Awakens’ which was the latest movie in the Star Wars Franchise. The area is a remote Irish Island called Skellig Michael and is a craggy island in the Atlantic. It is also a UNESCO world heritage site due to its ancient monastic cells that look like stone beehives.
9 Prague, Czech Republic
If you saw the dramatic movie Amadeus about the life of Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, then you will surely recognize Prague’s beautiful baroque and gothic styled alleys and buildings which substituted for Vienna in the movie. It was also the location of Paris in Les MIserables, Venice and London in Casino Royale, Buckingham Palace in Shanghai Knights and the Kremlin in Mission Impossible-Ghost protocol.
8 Huangshan, China
The landscape of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon may have looked magical and mythical but it was certainly not a set. A part of the movie was filmed in Huangshan or the Yellow Mountain. Its beautiful landscape coupled with pine trees, mist and weird rock formations made it a gorgeous backdrop for this epic martial arts movie. The surrounding bamboo groves of Hongcun village were also the location for the flying fight scenes. But! What you may not have known is that the surreal landscape of Huangshan was the location for another major Hollywood blockbuster. It was the planet Pandora in the movie Avatar.
7 Monument Valley, US
Everyone of the older generation will remember the epic western The Magnificent Seven (1960) and Once Upon A Time in the West (1968). This was among several westerns shot in this location including movies like Thelma &Louise and Forrest Gump. However the most popular movie which many of you will be a huge fan of is Transformers: Age of Extinction which used the classic landscape.
6 Alberta, Canada
Alberta was the location for Leonardo De Caprio’s The Revenant although it was depicted as South Dakota in the movie. Alberta’s Rocky Mountains have always been used as a spectacular location for movies like Unforgiven, Interstellar and Brokeback Mountain.
5 Silverton, Australia
Although Namibia substituted for the outback in Mad Max: Fury Road, the stunning landscape surrounding Silverton in New South Wales has featured in Mad Max 2 and even has a museum full of Mad Max cars and a pub decorated with Mad Max memorabilia.
4 Grinedwald and Interlaken, Switzerland
Among famous Hollywood locations, the Alps are a favorite with Hollywood Producers. A few decades back, People clapped to see the Von trap family crossing the Alps in the Movie the Sound of Music. The mountains of Grindenwald were digitally enhanced to look like the landscape of the planet Alderaan in Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith. The Jungfrau region has also served as the location for James Bond movies like On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
3 Salzburg, Austria
The location of one of the biggest blockbusters and best loved movie of all time, Salzburg enchanted us in the Sound of Music shot in the city in 1965. There is not much change in the magical Mirabell Gardens where Maria strummed and hummed Do re mi. Even the Felsenreitschule theatre and Schloss Leopoldskron remain on the lake and which served as the exterior gardens of the Von Trapp residence.
2 Petra, Jordan
While the ruins at Petra were made famous by one of Hollywood’s biggest Franchise, Indiana Jones whose last installment Indiana Jones :The Last Crusade ends in spectacular scenes at Petra, the ruins have also been made famous once again by none other than Transformers: the Revenge of the Fallen. Even The Mummy was shot here.
1 New Zealand
Who can ever forget middle earth and the shire in Lord of the Rings? An Iconic movie of Hollywood history, The LOTR trilogy was shot in several New Zealand locations such as Matamata the Hobbit village, Canterbury which was the backdrop for Edoras, Wellington where Harcourt Park was set as Rivendell among many others. New Zealand is an amazing country with mountainous and plain landscape and many marveled and were enthralled at the rugged beauty of the terrain in Lord of the Rings.