Welcome to Montenaro: Where was The Princess Switch Filmed?

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The Princess Switch: Switched Again is the sequel to the 2018 film of the same name, the second in a trilogy wrapping up in 2021 with The Princess Switch 3: Romancing The Star.

The action takes place in the Kingdom of “Montenaro”, not to be confused with the glamorous Montecarlo quarter you might know from the tiny -but real- country of Monaco in the French Riviera, or the small town of Montanaro, Italy.

Vanessa Hudgens in The Princess Switch

Don't bother looking it up on Google Maps; just like the Kingdom of Belgravia featured in the first installment, Montenaro is another purely fictional destination.

In case you were wondering whether Princess Stacy / Margaret Delacourt / Lady Fiona Pembroke are all played by the same actress, the answer is yes: Vanessa Hudgens (star of High School Musical and also Bad Boys for Life and Polar) plays triple roles.

The trilogy of The Princess Switch was primarily filmed in Scotland and Romania. Here is our royal filming locations guide. Click here to go directly to the new Princess Switch 3 locations.

The Princess Switch 2 Locations

Kingdom of Belgravia
The movie opens with a scene at Belgravia's international baking Christmas competition.

This is Parliament Square in Edinburgh, a section of the famous Royal Mile, located behind St Giles' Cathedral.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps by clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
Image courtesy of Netflix and Google Maps


Belgravia Royal Castle
The Belgravia Royal Castle is the same location in Romania that was used in the first movie.

The Károlyi Castle in Carei, near the Hungarian border, is today a beautiful 19th-century manor with decorative towers that seem to come straight from Cinderella's Castle.

The movie also features some footage of Chicago with the iconic Reid Murdoch Center and the frozen river, but no actual filming took place in any of these locations.
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Sweets and Treats store
Mimi's Bakehouse in Leith (Edinburgh) became the Sweets and Treats bakery.

Later on in the movie, there is a short scene filmed in an elegant bespoke tailor's shop filmed at Stewart Christie & Co on 63 Queen Street, also in Edinburgh.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Maps: Cake Shop / Tailors Shop


Where is the Kingdom of Montenaro?

Montenaro
The Montenaro Royal Palace where the princess spends half of the country's annual GDP in Christmas decorations is the Hopetoun House in South Queensferry.

Considered one of Scotland’s finest stately homes, this 17th-century property with a deer park is usually open to visitors and events throughout the year.

Many scenes were filmed in the richly decorated interiors of this manor.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Map


Montenaro Royal Palace
However, the interior pink staircase is the grand Marble Hall of the Gosford House in Longniddry.

Completed in 1891, the hall is the most remarkable feature of this magnificent private mansion. The estate is usually closed off to the public, except for a few seasonal open days.

The exterior of the Montenaro Royal Museum from the first scene of The Princess Switch 3 was also filmed here.
Image courtesy of Magnus Hagdorn and Google Maps


The Dome Hall
The Montenaro Concert Hall is the iconic restaurant known as The Dome, at 14 George St in Edinburgh.

This Greek Revival-style building with a central domed hall was designed in 1847 to host the Commercial Bank of Scotland.

You can go for dinner or simply have a drink at the bar or nightclub hosted in this local hot spot.
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Prinzessinnentausch Wieder vertauscht Drehorte
The interior of the concert hall with the chorus and the orchestra is not The Dome: The scene was filmed at The Hub, Edinburgh's Festival Centre, located at the top of the Royal Mile.

Built in the 1840s, The Hub is an event venue featuring the colorful Victorian Main Hall.
Image courtesy of Netflix and The Hub - Map


Edinburgh Gateway station
The airport terminal is actually a railway station with a digitally added control tower in the background: The modern Edinburgh Gateway station in Gogar opened in 2016.
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Coronation at the Glasgow Cathedral
The filmmakers chose to film the coronation ceremony in the Glasgow Cathedral, the Gothic wonder of the Dear Green Place.

The idea of people who look identical and switch places comes from Mark Twain's 1881 novel called The Prince and the Pauper.
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National Cathedral in Lviv
The Montenaro National Cathedral exterior is not Glasgow or even Scotland.

This is the kind of filming location intelligence that you'll only find here at Atlas of Wonders; I recognized the city thanks to the railway station at the top left corner of the image.

The Olha and Elizabeth Church is a Neo-Gothic temple built in the 1900s by the Poles who used to live in Lviv, Ukraine.

Between you and me, Lviv is one of my favorite cities in the world, on account of its lovely streets and well-preserved city center declared World Heritage by UNESCO.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Map

Where was The Princess Switch 3 filmed?

Princess Switch 3 Castle
As mentioned above, the first scene of the international Christmas festival in Montenaro, with the "Star of Peace" artifact, was filmed at Gosford House.

The exterior of the castle where Fiona is working on probation at a remote orphanage is the mythical Eilean Donan Castle in the western Highlands of Scotland.

This famous castle has been featured in many films, including 1986 Highlander.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Map


Newbattle Abbey College
However, the interior was filmed at the vaulted undercroft of the Newbattle Abbey College, a Cistercian monastery in Midlothian, Scotland.
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Borthwick Castle
Fiona visits her ex-boyfriend, Peter Maxwell (played by Remy Hii), who lives at Borthwick Castle, located twelve miles southeast of Edinburgh.

This well-preserved fortress, originally from the 15th-century, is famous for its imposing double tower.
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Manderston Academy
Also, some rooms of Barnbougle Castle, located on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth estuary, served as Hunter Cunard's mansion and the Manderston Academy hall.

The main cast is completed by English actor and musician Sam Palladio, playing Crown Prince Edward, and Nick Sagar as Kevin Richards.
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3 comments
  1. I was dying watching the movie when the Olha and Elisabeth Church showed up, and I was like "wait, it looks like my native city". It is, btw xD

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  2. I am lucky enough to live near these beautiful scottish locations, apart from Glasgow one.Gosford house was also used in Outlander, we have spent many a summer evening walking around these grounds.

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  3. How about the house of Fiona?

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