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By Katharina Milic March 3, 2022 In Blog

Top 5 Locations for Period Films & TV Dramas in Europe

Filming on a budget is what everyone looks for when filming in period. Balkans gives you the best locations to film anything, being able to resemble any part of the world. As a one-time solution, it offers islands, from Roman times to 21th New York and even futuristic. Professional crew shows why Disney, Paramount and Lionsgate move their biggest projects here.

Here are some landmarks and many more are choosing from:

5. Roman coliseum alternative in Croatia – Pula Arena

The well preserved Pula Arena is favourite location for many blockbusters. For example, Titus – a 1999 film variation of Shakespeare’s notable work with Anthony Hopkins as lead role.

Croatia offers film sets for Games of Thrones or Winnetou, it is a space the Roman, the Medieval, the Renaissance can take place. The best of the Baroque coincide with the 19th Austro-Hungarian engineering and Survived the post-WWII. The Pula Amphitheater or Arena is one of the six largest Roman amphitheaters in the world. The building becomes a perfect place for pop rock concerts, operas and ballets in nighttime, as well as the film festival with a 50-year tradition.

More on location scouting in Croatia and our services there you can see here or contact us directly so our location manager can arrange your visit. 

4. George R. R. Martin’s Inspiration – Predjama Castle

It’s hard to track down such a little locale offering so much elsewhere on the planet. This isn’t a fairy tale. A massive 123m high rock making the Predjama Castle is the world’s largest cave castle.

It’s little surprise that George R. R. Martin, the author of Game of Thrones. He used the castle’s beauty for inspiration for his books. In 2008, a Discovery Channel team also visited the castle. Their goal was to show the existence of spirits within its walls.

There’s an armoury, a living quarter, servants’ house, a chapel and even a dungeon with a torcher chamber. Slovenia organizes Medieval games every year there.

More on location scouting in Slovenia and our services there you can see here or contact us directly so our location manager can arrange your visit. 

3. Budapest’s first permanent bridge over the Danube

For a long time, the Chain Bridge is an outstanding creation of the 19th century. It was the world’s 2nd-largest span suspension bridge at the time of its construction. The gates hold lionhead capstones. The place also includes the Hungary coat of arms, which consists of a crown and a wreath of leaves.

The bridge, like the one in London, is build in the Victorian era, but it is much bigger – with total length of 385 metres. Its size making it one of the longest in the world. Huge and active action scenes, mass historical events can be filmed there.

Hungary is even more welcoming with its cash rebate of 30% but without any minimum expenses. If you spend 80% in Hungary, another 20 units of foreign spend can also be eligible spend.

More on location scouting in Hungary and our services there you can see here or contact us directly so our location manager can arrange your visit. 

2. The sacred city of Xanthi in Greece

Today, Greece is a paradise for everyone, from vacationers to travelers. Its many islands are fascinating and it is home to the capital Athens. Tax rebate is 40% here!

Backed by a university presence, Xanthi is a vibrant city with many bars and cafes. The charm of the city is most plain in the upper part. It can also in the same time be an old Turkish-influenced town. The crowded beaches aren’t too far away, but Xanthi is worth a visit.

One of Greece’s most famous winter carnivals is held here. It is an all-season destination with many Easter and other religion-inspired festivals. Musical and theatrical performances from spring to summer!

More on location scouting in Greece and our services there you can see here or contact us directly so our location manager can arrange your visit. 

1. Mardin Town in Turkey – a Mesopotamian treasure

Palaeolithic, Neolithic, Chalcolithic, Bronze and Iron Age’s ruins in the city prove how deep are the roots of this place.  Mardin is one of the most authentic and unique cities in Turkey, its architecture, as well as its rich and colourful culture. One of the details that makes this city unique is the fact that the shadows of the houses do not fall on each other!

The streets make you feel like you are wandering through the labyrinths of a different world. It is that narrow you cannot walk there side by side.

Such place is like a ready set for a scenario set in ancient times, in alternative universe of any kind. Filming in Turkey is quite cost efficient. Besides its welcoming architecture, caves and crowded cities with culture, it offers even more. 

In Turkey, tax rebate circumstances are great for filming. Any production can spend at least 430K euros for feature films,  up to 67K euros for documentaries. About TV series (per episode) – at least 42 minutes

More on location scouting in any of our countries and our services there you can see here or contact us directly so our location manager can arrange your visit.