Where was The Wheel of Time filmed? Guide to ALL the Filming Locations

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Amazon's long-awaited epic series could take over from HBO’s Game of Thrones, although some aspects of the show are more reminiscent of Netflix's The Witcher.

In the first season, The Wheel of Time was primarily filmed in the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Croatia, and Spain.

Apart from the Eastern European countries, the series is already filming season two in the Canary Islands (Spain) and Morocco.

The Wheel of Time cast

The story, set in a world where only the Aes Sedai women are allowed to control the power of magic, is based on Robert Jordan's fantasy novels, the second best-seller series after The Lord of the Rings.

Welcome to the best guide to the filming locations of The Wheel of Time that you can find.

We will be updating and expanding this spoiler-free report every week as new locations are revealed.

The Wheel of Time Filming Locations

The Wheel of Time Locations
Many of the landscapes that appear in the series were created by incorporating additional elements to the scene via CGI.

In the pilot episode, a pack of Aes Sedai led by Liandrin Guirale (played by Kate Fleetwood), are chasing two Jason Momoa-looking men.

The sequence was filmed somewhere in the Czech or Slovenian countryside, but what catches our attention are the huge stone pillars in the background.

This pinnacle scenery is the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in China, as you can check out in the screenshot pictured on top, compared to a real photograph of this stunning place, which inspired James Cameron's Avatar.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps by clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
Image courtesy of Amazon Studios and Carlos Adampol - Map


Mountains of Mist
In the next scene with a group of women of the first episode, “Leavetaking”, the small stone bridge over a stream is located in the Rakov Škocjan Valley in Slovenia.

This beautiful karst caves area is situated near the town of Cerknica, approximately 27 miles (44 km) south of the capital city, Ljubljana.
Image courtesy of Sony Pictures Television - Map


Egwene jumps to the river
The local Wisdom, Nynaeve (played by Zoë Robins), pushes Egwene (Madeleine Madden) off a cliff into the river.

Egwene has to let the river guide her into the wild waters of the Great Soča Gorge (Velika Korita Soče), in the municipality of Bovec in northwestern Slovenia.

You can also experience the Soca River by taking a rafting tour, although for the less hard core there is a wonderful hike following the emerald green stream.
Image courtesy of Amazon Studios - Map


Two Rivers
Two Rivers, the remote village in the mountains where the four candidates to The Dragon reincarnation come from, was built in a quarry 40 kilometers outside of Prague.

The houses on this large set were built to be burned down after the Trolloc attack.

According to the Czech Film Commission, the first season, which has been in production since 2019, required a total of 145 days of filming.


Leavetaking episode
The other stone bridge, featured in a couple of scenes of the first episode, is Napoleon’s bridge across the Nadiža river in Slovenia, built in 1812 during the Napoleonic Wars.
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Followed by Trollocs
The company escapes from the Dark's One Army, the Servers of the Dark, also known as the Riders of Fade, or simply, the Trollocs, through the Julian Alps and the Soca River.

It looks like New Zealand, Lord of the Landscapes, doesn't it?

Many scenes with the characters riding on horses have the Slovenian Alps mountain range as a backdrop.
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The Wheel of Time house
In episode two, "Shadow's Waiting", the group headed by Moiraine (Rosamund Pike) and Lan Mandragoran (Daniel Henney) spends the first night at Jeskyně Rozbořenka, and the second at Dolský mlýn (pictured).

Jeskyně Rozbořenka is an 18th-century excavated house, located in the Kokořínsko landscape protected area in the Central Bohemia region of the Czech Republic.

The picturesque ruins of Dolský mlýn comprise a mill house and a bridge, located at the Bohemian Switzerland National Park in the north of the Czech Republic.
Image courtesy of Amazon Studios - Maps: Jeskyně Rozbořenka - Dolský mlýn


Abandoned city of Shadar Logoth
The waiting list for production space in Prague was so long that the showrunners decided to create their own studio from scratch, the Jordan Studios.

These studios, named after the writer of The Wheel of Time books, Robert Jordan, were set up in an old massive complex previously occupied by the Avia Motors company on the outskirts of Prague, in the Letňany district.

The sets of the White Tower, the city of Tar Valon, and the fallen city of Shadar Logoth, featured in the second episode, were also hosted here.
Image courtesy of Amazon Studios - Map


The Wheel of Time city
The abandoned city of Shadar Logoth is a CGI composition loosely based on the traditional architecture of Rajasthan, capital Jaipur, India’s northern state.

The interior of the temple is a real location filmed at the former German Church of St. Wenceslas in Výsluní, in Czechia's Chomutov District.

The front of the altar, the gates, and some other sections of the church were modified with Indian-esque film props.

The run-down aspect of the structure has attracted other productions to film here, including The Borgias series and a video clip of Rammstein, "Feuer Frei!".
Image courtesy of Sony Pictures Television - Map


Velebit Nature Park
In the third episode, "A Place of Safety", Rand (played by Josha Stradowski) and Mat (Barney Harris) are hiking the Velebit Nature Park mountains in the Balkans, situated on the Adriatic coast of Croatia.
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Breen's Spring
After the trek, Rand and Mat arrive at the mining village of Breen's Spring.

The town was filmed at Quarry Great America (Velká Amerika), also known as the Czech Grand Canyon.

Atlas of Wonders tracked down this spectacular former quarry near Mořinka when it was featured in the Sky Atlantic series Britannia. In fact, the set with the wooden bridge and some cottages resembles it.
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Das Rad der Zeit drehorte
Pictured, a scene with Lan Mandragoran filmed at Pravčická brána, the famous archway formation in the Bohemian Switzerland area, also in the Czech Republic.

This location was also featured in Britannia and Carnival Row.
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Ghealdan
The city of Ghealdan from episode four, "The Dragon Reborn", is actually Segovia in Spain.

The castle in this scene with Logain Ablar (played by Álvaro Morte, 'The Professor' from Money Heist) is the Alcázar of Segovia, a fortress and palace of medieval origin, turned into a military museum.
Image courtesy of Amazon and Santiago Lopez-Pastor - Map


Tar Valon Volcano
The fifth episode, "Blood Calls Blood", is the introduction to Tar Valon and the White Tower, a CGI creation that recalls Game of Thrones' King's Landing.

The graphic designers inserted the almost perfect silhouette of the Concepción Volcano on the island of Ometepe Lake in Nicaragua in the background.

How do we know this? Because of the smaller cone of Maderas volcano, on the right of the image, and because I've been there.
Image courtesy of Amazon and Bluesy Pete - Map


Streets of Tar Valon
Some more findings: Is the fallen city of Shadar Logoth the dark version of Tar Valon?

Looking at the streets of both cities, you can see that the showrunners used the same movie sets in the studio, changing a bit some sections.

Compare the square window on the left in the upper picture with the building in the center of the lower below.


Manetheren
The spot where the Whitecloacks find the Tinkers and capture Egwene and Perrin (played by Marcus Rutherford) is the area of the caves and rock reliefs of Harfenice near Želízy in the Czech Republic.

All these sandstone sculptures were carved by a guy called Václav Levý just for fun from 1840 to 1845.
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Showrunner Rafe Judkins revealed that a total of eight seasons have already been planned, with a budget of over $10 million per episode.

Stay tuned for updates on this page as more juicy details are unearthed!

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5 comments:

1- Anonymous - Nov 21, 2021, 9:22 AM
I believe that rock formation is not in Prachov Rocks. It is Pravčická brána in Bohemian Switzerland.

2- Anonymous - Nov 24, 2021, 3:25 PM
Episode 3 - filmed at the Croatian Natural Park of Dinara.

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   3- Ra Moon - Nov 24, 2021, 5:20 PM
   In which scenes? In the ones with Egwene and Perrin?

4- Anonymous - Dec 5, 2021, 9:55 PM
Where is the sacred pool from the 1st episode, was it CGI?

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   5- Ra Moon - Dec 6, 2021, 15:35 PM
   I would say it's a set built in the studios.


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