The Curon Hotel Raina Location: Where was Curon filmed?

Mauro and Daria Raina in the series
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The new Italian Netflix terror series Curon is set in the remote Alpine town of the same name, located on the triple frontier with Switzerland and Austria in the province of Bolzano (South Tyrol). The eerie bell tower emerging from the waters of the lake is a real landmark of the village, and some elements of the story are real too.

The tower's bells were removed in 1950, when most of the church was blown up to make way for the waters of the artificial dam. Long before it became a TV series story, the legend of people still hearing the chimes of the solitary belfry already existed.

The 7-episode show is an European supernatural series following the way opened by productions like Dark, The Returned, or Marianne. After doing some research, we found the filming location of the creepy Raina Hotel and a few more interesting facts about Curon:

The bell tower in the lake
The flooding of the town of Curon was decided at the end of Second World War by the Italian state (and not the local ruler's family as suggested in the show). The project of building a large dam to produce electricity was completed in 1950; More than 180 buildings were demolished, including the church of Santa Caterina di Alessandria. The 1357 bell tower is all that remains of old Curon, as a memory of what once stood there.
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Image courtesy of Netflix - Map


Curon Drehort
The drama of the inhabitants of Curon Venosta (called Graun im Vinschgau in German, the mother tongue of the 97% of the population), was to see their ancestral homes razed to the ground. The new village was relocated higher up, on the shore of the great Lake Reschen (Lago di Resia). The real legend started next year after the lake was inaugurated, when a bus came off the road and went straight into the lake. 22 people died in the tragic accident, leaving only one survivor. The rumors about the cursed underwater village began and here is where the idea for the TV series comes from. The locations shot in the town include the scenes in the modern church of Santa Caterina, the cemetery and some areas around the lake. Image courtesy of Netflix - Curon Drehort


Thomas Raina and Albert Asper
A few scenes were shot in the nearby town of Malles Venosta (Mals, also in Alto Adige), where the Asper house may be located. In Catalonia there's a bell tower with a story very similar to Curon's: When the Sau dam (Pantà de Sau) water levels drop, the belfry of the Church of Sant Romà appears submerged in the middle of the reservoir. Image courtesy of Netflix and Carlo Pelagalli - Map


Reschensee lake and the house in the forest
The abandoned cabin in the woods is a lodge called Baita Mexico, situated in the Mendel Mountain Pass area (Passo Mendola) in the Non Valley (Val di Non). Scenes in the forest were shot in this area, between Sarnonico and Ruffrè. The beautiful Lago di Caldaro (Kalterer See) served as the background scenery for the flashback sequence with Albert and Klara in the lake. The producers used the Lago di Santa Giustina in Trentino to record the scenes where the cast is swimming, because the water temperature is warmer. The hospital scenes were filmed at the Salus Center in Prissiano. Image courtesy of Netflix - Caldaro Lake Map


Dov’è girato curon
The high school is the Istituto Tecnico Agrario Happacherhof (Fachoberschule für Landwirtschaft) in Ora/Auer.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Map


Curon Hotel
The Raina Hotel is actually the old Hotel Golf (formerly Mendelpass-Hotel), located in a scenic settlement in Passo della Mendola. Erected at the beginning of the 20th century at the 1,362 metre-high mountain pass, the hotel is now in disuse. There are some more amazing buildings nearby in Mendel Pass, being the most outstanding the Grand Hotel Penegal di Passo Mendola, now known as Villa Imperiale.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Map


Raina Hotel hall and interior rooms
The hotel interiors have kept the original Liberty style architectural features from the time of construction (1892). As one of the Curon characters remark in the series, guests at these hotels, once the favourite holiday destination of the European aristocracy, include Empress Elisabeth of Austria (better known as Sissi) and her husband Franz Joseph among many others.

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  1. The school scenes (outdoor and indoor shots) are shot at the high school for agriculture (Fachoberschule für Landwirtschaft) located in Ora/Auer in South Tyrol: https://www.ofl-auer.it/unsere-schule/schulgebaeude/klassen-uebungsraeume-u-verwaltung.html

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  2. Non riesco a trovare su maps l'ubicazione dell'hotel. Qualcuno può Aiutarmi?

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    1. Ciao Silvia, c'è un link con la scritta 'Map' sotto l'immagine, ma eccolo qui nel caso non lo troviate: https://goo.gl/maps/6Y7ZdTJ2mFWjd6jUA

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