Where was Jojo Rabbit filmed? Filming Locations Guide

Jojo Rabbit and Hitler jumping scene
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The anti-hate satire Jojo Rabbit tells a story in World War II from a young children's perspective. Director Taika Waititi (What we do in the shadows, Thor: Ragnarok) plays the boy's imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler. Adolf comes from the mind of a 10-year-old, so naive Hitler only knows what a 10-year-old knows.

The anti-Nazi parody is also starring Roman Griffin Davis as Jojo, Scarlett Johansson plays his mother Rosie Betzler and Thomasin McKenzie is the Jewish girl Elsa. Sam Rockwell is Captain Klenzendorf, the army officer in charge of the Hitler Youth camp and Alfie Allen is silent Finkel.

Jojo Rabbit was filmed in historical towns and villages in the Czech Republic. The interiors were built in the Barrandov Studios in Prague. Here are some of the most relevant filming locations of the movie:

Jojo Rabbit city
Most of the exterior shots of the German city where the movie takes place were shot in Žatec, a large town 50 miles northwest from Prague. The production was filming in the beautiful main square and the streets around it.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
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The town square location with Scarlett Johansson and Jojo
As many towns in Czechia, Žatec preserves a magnificent historical old town of colorful buildings. The city is renowned for the production of excellent beer and hops. Žatec was annexed to the Third Reich as part of the Sudetenland in 1938, as most of the original inhabitants were German speakers.
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Gestapo officers coming home
The small picturesque village of Ustek (situated in the Ústecký Region), was also used for filming. The town features a center with many well-preserved late Gothic townhouses that has been often used as a backdrop for films. According to Architectural Digest, the interior of Jojo's house was built from scratch in the studio.
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Building with Nazi Swastikas
The exteriors of the library is the Petschek Palace in Prague. This building, erected between 1923 and 1929, was originally a bank, equipped with many modern features for the time as air-conditioned, tube post, phone switch-board, and massive safes in the basement . This may be the reason why the palace was chosen as the Gestapo headquarters during the Nazi occupation years (1939–1945). Image courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures - Map


Hitler Youth jumping to swimming pool scene
The swimming pool is the Sokol Gymnastics Club in Praha, in Vinohrady (Prague).
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Park, bridge and river scene
There is a scene where Jojo and his mom have a walk near the river. This beautiful setting with the staircase is the Hořín lock (Zdymadlo Hořín), part of the navigation channel Mělník - Vraňany, put into service in 1905.
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Set erected near Prague in Czechia with Captain Klenzendorf and Finkel
The scenes with dilapidated buildings during the war were shot in the former Lenešice sugar refinery (cukrovaru Lenešice). The Czech Film Commission reported that additional filming took place in Kytín and Dolní Beřkovice. Image courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures - Jojo Rabbit drehort

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10 comments
  1. Dates is northwest of Prague.

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  2. The Petschek palais in Prague actually was the GeStaPo-HQ during the occupation of Czechoslovakia 1939-1945, maybe you could mention this in the article.

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    1. Thanks a lot, very interesting fact!

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    2. Here's a real picture of Petschuv Palac during the protectorate days! https://imultimedia.ctk.cz/storage/foto/FO01078449/515x515.wm/FO01078449.jpeg

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  3. Zatec is northwest of Prague

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  4. The swimming pool is located in Sokol Královské Vinohrady sport hall. I go there every week :-)

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  5. Hořín lock is near my home town Mělnik. We played there on the weekends as kids. It was also location for one of the scenes from Red dragon with Edward Norton

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