Where was Emerald City Filmed?

The new NBC series have been described as a dark version of The Wizard of Oz combined with Game of Thrones. Apparently, the producers spent a good slice of the budget travelling to multiple locations across different European countries, as usually does HBO's big hit.

The story starts when a quite a grown-up Dorothy from Kansas is caught in a storm, ending up in a parallel kingdom of sex, magic and violent knights. The cast is led by Adria Arjona, Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Vincent D'Onofrio.

Emerald City was primarily filmed in Spain, Croatia and Hungary. The show is a visually gorgeous trip to magnificient filming locations, accompanied by some interesting Steampunk stuff and Art Nouveau designs. No spoilers ahead!

Emerald City Location
The Palace of the Wizard of Oz has an organic air that recalls the architecture of Antoni Gaudí, the genius who created the Sagrada Família temple in Barcelona. Image courtesy of NBC

Emerald City Barcelona
The Park Güell, heavily featured in the series as the Palace of Oz, is also a design from the same Catalan architect.
Image courtesy of NBC

Emerald City Filming Locations
If you've been here you can't forget the unique look of this popular tourist attraction of Barcelona.
Images courtesy of NBC, Jean-Christophe Benoist and Angela Llop

Emerald City NBC Design
Eye for detail: Emerald City art is inspired in Gaudi's work, like the hilt of Lucas's sword. On the right, the chimney sentinels of La Pedrera house, also in Barcelona. Image courtesy of NBC and Marc Cornelis

Emerald City Filming Spain
The next sets and outdoors are located in the south of Spain. Pictured, a room in the Alcázar Royal Palace in Seville.
Image courtesy of NBC

Emerald City Seville
The Alcázar of Seville, from Moorish origin, served also as filming location for Game of Thrones from season 5.
Image courtesy of NBC and Archigeek

Emerald City Palace
The Baths of Lady María de Padilla, situated beneath this complex, is where Dorothy goes for purification.
Image courtesy of NBC and QX L

Emerald City series location
Outside, the palace of the Witch of the East is the Calahorra Castle in the province of Granada.
Image courtesy of NBC and Stephane Seco

Where is Emerald City filmed
The yellow (brick?) road goes across the impressive karst landscapes of El Torcal in Antequera (Málaga).
Image courtesy of NBC and Goya Fotografia

Emerald City Beach
A sunsrise scene from the third episode filmed in the beach in the Cabo de Gata National Park, Almería.
Image courtesy of NBC

Emerald City NBC
Troglodyte cave dwellings in Guadix (Granada) from the second episode.
Image courtesy of NBC and Emanuele

Where was the series Emerald City filmed
Now we move to the wonderful Adriatic coast in Croatia. The city of Oz is inspired by Dubrovnik.
Image courtesy of NBC

Emerald City Dubrovnik
The production team was filming in the area of the Pile Gate and the monumental Onofrio's Fountain.
Image courtesy of NBC and Jimmy Harris

Emerald City landscape
Some characters go through the superb scenery of Plitvice Lakes National Park in central Croatia.
Image courtesy of NBC and Carlo Columba

Drehorte Emerald City
Hundreds of tourists explore every day these paths surrounded by hanging waterfalls.
Image courtesy of NBC

NBC Wizard of Oz locations
All the info and many more pictures from this Balkanic wonder, one of the most beautiful parks in the world following this link. Image by Tomislav Car

Emerald City Castle
The snowed mansion from episode 4 is the abandoned Schossberger Castle from 1883 in Tura, Hungary. The metalic bridge from the previous scene is the K-Bridge connecting Budapest and Hajógyári Island, also known as Óbudai-Sziget (where the music festival takes place). Image courtesy of NBC and Torobala

Emerald City Budapest
The industrious city of Ev from the distance, seems inspired by Budapest. It has the Chain Bridge and the Parliament building to the right. Image courtesy of NBC

Emerald City Ev Kingdom
The Budapest Castle Hill Funicular is used by the Princess of Ev to go up to her palace in episode 7.
Image courtesy of NBC and Wei-Te Wong

Emerald City Hungary
Emerald City was shot at Korda Studios facility in Budapest.
Image courtesy of NBC

Can you help find the missing filming locations of Emerald City?
Have you recognized other locations watching the series? To complete this report, any feedback, suggestions or images that you may have are more than welcome, thank you!

For further information about some of these wonderful destinations, here is a link to the latest Lonely Planet Croatia Travel Guide including practical information for visiting Plitvice Lakes and Dubrovnik. Also here is the Travel Guide of Barcelona and Andalucia from the same editorial, and the complete and beautifully illustrated book Antonio Gaudi: Master Architect.
However, it may be the time to dig a bit deeper into the fascination of my favorite style, the Art Nouveau, starting with this Essential Reference:


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  1. where is the gallery of the episode 1.03 wher go Tip? some place in france? thanks

  2. The final pic in this series looks like the mall in Milan near the domo.

    1. Yep, the famous gallery Vittorio Emanuele, but we don't think that EC was filmed there.

  3. The castle in the 4th episode with orphans is located in my home town Tura, Hungary. The name is
    Schossberger Castle.

  4. Hi, the bridge Tip tries to jump from is the K Bridge in Budapest, probably familiar to anyone who ever visited the Sziget Festival :) http://wikimapia.org/121081/K-Bridge
    I'm pretty sure the scene where Jack is taken in front of the Princess (when he has to climb all those steps) was also shot in a palace somewhere in Budapest, the architecture is very characteristic.
    The gallery is not in Budapest, I think. There is only one similar building here, but it's smaller and doesn't really look the same (Google 'Párisi udvar').

    1. Thanks Juci, very interesting. Párisi Udvar is a wondrous building, by the way.

  5. I was confused between the Alhambra palace in Granada and the Alacazar in Seville - since I just visited both those places last year and you cleared the confusion up! :D Thanks for this post.

  6. Calahorra is province La Rioja, not Granada...error geografic.

    1. Thanks for your comment, but La Calahorra Castle in Granada has not to be confused with the town of Calahorra in La Rioja.

  7. episode 1x07 the Budapest Castle Funicular apears as the acess to the princess castle!


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