Welcome to Winden: Dark Filming Locations Guide - Where was Dark filmed?

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Dark has it all: A good script, excellent cinematography, a great cast, an awesome soundtrack, time travel, and a nuclear power plant.

Winden, the town of Dark, is an amalgam of locations, filmed in and around Berlin. Time is merciless. We are a bit late, and there are already some good filming locations articles out there.

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However, Dark could not be missing in our wonderful database. Thus we put together all the known locations along with a few more places and details in this spoiler-free report about one of our favorite series.

As it happens with other fictional towns like Riverdale, the real small city of Winden location pictured in Dark is intentionally ambiguous; It could be anywhere in Germany. Winden is more of a state of mind than an actual physical location.

Dark Locations

Dark Caves
The Winden Caves (Windener Höhlen), where the time-travel passage is located, was filmed in a forest between Tremsdorf and Saarmund near Wildenbruch in the south of Berlin. According to Fotostrasse who visited the place, the rocks and the entrance are fake.

Helge's cabin by the bunker is located nearby at barely 100 meters from the cave entrance set. The interior shots when Claudia is rappelling inside the cavern were filmed in the Unicorn Cave in the Harz region.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps by clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
Image courtesy of Netflix - Maps: Winden Cave / Helge Doppler Cabin / Unicorn Cave

Dark high school
The Gesamtschule Winden high school is the Reinfelder Schule in Westend, Berlin.

If you are visiting it, you'll see that the exterior looks almost exactly the same as shown in the series.
Image courtesy of Netflix and Google Maps

Hotel Winden
The Waldhotel Winden owended by Regina Tiedemann is the Lanke Castle (Schloss Lanke) in Brandenburg, in the north of Berlin.

The interior scenes were shot in the Patrick Hellmann Schlosshotel in Grunewald (Berlin).

The capital of Germany is attracting many new productions, here also is where The Queen's Gambit was filmed.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Maps: Castle - Hotel

Winden Nuclear Power Plant
The gates of Winden Nuclear Power Plant are located very close to the school, near the bell tower of Berlin Olympic Stadium (Am Glockenturm Olympiastadion).

As you can check out, the towers were CGI'd into the landscape.
Image courtesy of Netflix and Google Maps

Winden city
The road scenes and the bus stop with the traffic lights in the middle of a scenic forest were all shot on the grounds of a driving academy in Zossen (TFR Fahrtechnik Akademie Kallinchen).

The Nuclear Power Plant towers on the horizon were also added digitally in the background.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Map

The sic mundus creatus est church
The iconic secret society church also plays a key role in the series.

The Südwestkirchhof Cemetery in Stahnsdorf near Potsdam contains this gorgeous Scandinavian-style wooden church with a touch of Art Nouveau, erected between 1908 and 1911.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Map

Railway under the bridge
The railway tracks and the bridge are located very close to the church, on the border of Berlin with Brandenburg estate.

The guys from Fotostrasse tracked down this location situated near Königsweg.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Map

Dark drehort
The police station is the Academy of Arts of Berlin (Akademie der Künste) in Hansaviertel near Tiergarten.

The Gas station where Benni's caravan is parked is the Dreilinden customs office area (Zollamt Dreilinden).
Image courtesy of Netflix - Maps: Police station / Mobile home

Hospital in 1987
The exterior of the hospital in 1987 is the old clinic Lungenklinik Heckeshorn in Wannsee.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Map

Dark Location
In the first episode of the second season, young Jonas Kahnwald is in the future exploring an abandoned gymnasium.

This is located in the old Soviet barracks camp and former military school complex of Krampnitz in the north of Potsdam.

The factory ruins, which interior is also featured in S3E7, are the Rüdersdorf chemical plant (Chemiewerk Coswig, Betriebsteil Rüdersdorf Rükana) in Rüdersdorf bei Berlin.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Maps: Gymnasium / Factory

Psychiatric ward 1953
The mental asylum in 1953 are the headquarters of a Biotechnology company called Biotecon Diagnostics, located in Potsdam.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Map

Martha Nielsen Dark
The lake where Martha, Jonas, Franziska, and Magnus go swimming in episode 6 of the second season is the small Nudower Teiche located in the outskirts of Potsdam.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Map

1921 Season 2
The beautiful old street in 1921 from episode 4 is located near the Rehagen historical railway station (Historischer Bahnhof Rehagen) in the town of Am Mellensee (the south of Berlin).
Image courtesy of Netflix - Map

Sic Mundus time machine
The interior of the Nuclear Reactor is the Marlene Dietrich Hall in Studio Babelsberg.

The Sic Mundus time machine room is the Studio 2 of Funkhaus Berlin Nalepastrasse in Oberschöneweide, Berlin.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Map: Nuclear Reactor / Sic Mundus

Library scene
The library exterior shot is from the library in Koenigs Wusterhausen, but the interior scenes in season 2 were filmed in the reading room of the iconic Berlin State Library in Unter den Linden.

The exterior of the house of Claudia Tiedemann is located in Lützelsteiner Weg in the Dahlem neighborhood.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Maps: Stadtbibliothek / State Library / House

Tannhaus factory
The Tannhaus factory in 1888 was filmed in the Schloss Börnicke complex near Bernau bei Berlin.

Built between 1909 and 1911, the factory was filmed in the former horse stable and an older schnapps distillery that today is hosting the Erste Bernauer Braugenossenschaft beer brewery.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Map

Jonas House
The Jonas house is located in an undisclosed location on the northern outskirts of Berlin.

A reader wrote us to posit that the famous Dark house is located at the end of Elisabethstraße in Schildow, in the community of Mühlenbecker Land.

Its owner sells roofs tiles of the house and organizes tours for a fee of 300 euros. The countryside scenes with the dead sheep were also shot near the house.

The studio work of the series was hosted at Studio Babelsberg in Potsdam.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Map

This time we were not the first ones to find most of the locations where the series was shot; Our sources are the good work of the guys from Fotostrasse and the Redditors who helped compile this list.

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  1. Nice. But you forgot the Unicorn Cave near Göttingen where they filmed some cave scenes: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unicorn_Cave

    1. Hi Stefan! The Unicorn Cave is mentioned, we just didn't post a picture of it.

  2. The 1888 tannhaus factory looks so much like the kulturbrauerei to me, maybe with some window and roof CGI?

    1. The buildings of Tannhaus factory do exist for real, you can find them in Börnicke, south of Bernau bei Berlin, in Gutshof Börnicke. Not much had to be changed.
      As for the Jonas house, head to the end of Elisabethstraße in Schildow in the community of Mühlenbecker Land, north of Berlin.

  3. Has anyone an idea where the 1953 shots of the https://dark.fandom.com/de/wiki/Polizeiwache_Winden have been done? Also, I am still missing the address in Kladow for the Tiedemann 2019 family house.
    I am about to have something like a complete list of locations and have almost visited all of them, but it is impossible to find out. I tried Google Lens, but no success. The only hint was possibly the Malzfabrik Berlin, but does someone know the truth?


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