Highways and Byways – 10 Movie Sets You Can Actually Visit

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Highways and Byways – 10 Movie Sets You Can Actually Visit

-Rukhsar  Rangwala.

Have you ever wished to teleport to a movie scene, experience the life on the other side of the screen?  Walk beside harry on the revolving staircase, stay at Xavier’s school for gifted children (X-men), crawl into the Hobbits’ hole.

While many of the sets are designed by the experts on advanced Softwares, most of the movie makers prefer real life locations, here are a few of the locations from your favorite movies that you can visit and have an experience of a lifetime.

Yavin- from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope(1977)

The Massassi Outpost rebel base on the fourth moon of Yavin in the original Star Wars was shot at the original site of the Mayan Temple ruins, in The Tikal National Park, Guatemala. This is the one of the largest archaeological sites of pre-Columbian Maya Civilization and a great place to visit for all the Star Wars fans and the history buffs out there.




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The Tribute training Centre from The Hunger Games: Catching fire

 

The  Marriott Marquis Hotel at 265 Peachtree Center Avenue NE in Atlanta, Georgia selected for its huge atrium having Glass elevators is where you’ll find Katnis Everdeen and Peeta Mellark training in the Tribute training Centre.

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Xavier’s school for Gifted youngsters from X-Men(2000)

 

Ever wanted to visit  Xavier’s school for Gifted youngsters? Well here is your chance to do so.  The Tudor Revival style Hatley Castle, British Columbia, Canada is a mansion built in the 20th Century. To shoot some of exterior views Casa Loma, Toronto and Parkwood estate in Oshawa, Ontario were used. So all the Marvel geeks you know where to plan your next museum visit to.

 

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Hogwarts- School Of Witchcraft And Wizardry from Harry Potter Series

 

The Only school we know we would die to go to: Hogwarts School of Witchcraft And Wizardry. To bring the Fictional world of J.K. Rowling to life, a variety of locations in and around England were used. Pull out your maps and start highlighting!

Christ Church College and Cathedral in Oxford was used for its 16 century stone staircases.

The Gloucester Cathedral used for the hallways;

Lacock Abbey near Chippenham in Wiltshire was used for Hogwarts classrooms

Boldeian Library of Oxford university,

Fourth Form Room Of Harrow Hold Schools in Greater London, and

Alnwick Castle in Northumberland.

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Hobbiton-The Lord of the Rings and hobbit Series

 

Are you a huge LOTR fan? Start planning your trip to Matamata, New Zealand where you can step into the lush pastures of the Shire and experience the Middle Earth crawl into the Hobbit holes and live your dream.

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Hansel & Gretel  (2013)- Witch hunters village in Augsburg, Germany

 

If you’re an explorer by heart pick your backpacks and find the remains of the town square, abandoned well and the streets nestled in a forest a few miles away from Berlin, Germany and have a look.

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Iron Man(2008) – Blue cloud movie ranch California, USA

 

All the superhero movie enthusiasts, Blue Cloud Movie Ranch, California, USA is your calling.  It was also Featured in Iron man, Zero Dark Thirty and Arrested Development.

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Indiana Jones and the Last crusade (1989) – Al Kahzneh, Jordan

 

Looking for your next quest?  Al  Khazneh, Petra  should be your next destination. It was Featured in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), influenced by Classical Greek Architecture carved out of sandstone has a majestic feel to it.

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 The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)-  Gorlitzer  Warenhouse Department store, Germany

 

The Gorlitzer  Warenhouse Department Store, Germany was featured in The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014).  This Art Nouveau style store was an operational store until 2009 and later was used for movie. I can already hear the shopaholics and Historians packing their bags.

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 The Pirate Of the Caribbean series- Wallilabou Anchorage,Cumberland

 

The characters in featured in the Pirates of Caribbean movie are interesting but so is its location. The set was built around Wallilabou Anchorage Hotel, located at the leeward coast of Saint Vincent on the Caribbean Sea, also using the hotel for some scenes.

Now all year round the tourists come and pay a visit and experience the life of pirates.

 

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-Rukhsar  Rangwala.

 

 







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