Like many expensive fantasy shows, Netflix’s “The Witcher” was filmed in different places, which also changed from season to season. During pre-production, the people who made the show had to think of real-world places that might look like they are from another world. Otherwise,’s Continent would just look like a slightly different version of our own, and the viewer wouldn’t be able to fully get into it.
Some of the places where “The Witcher” was filmed, especially in the first season, were hard on the actors and took a lot out of them. Hungary, a country in Central Europe, was one of the hardest places for the cast of the Netflix show to film.
Many places in Season 1 of “The Witcher” were filmed in Hungary, both in studios and outside, like in forts and forests. Most of the eight episodes of the first season were shot in Budapest and its surrounding areas, but some scenes were also shot in Austria, Poland, and the Canary Islands (via The RadioTimes). But filming outside in Budapest, where the show is set and where the cast lives, was the hardest for them.
The Cast of the Witcher Used Hot Water Bottles to Stay Warm
The actors all seemed to agree that shooting in Hungary was by far the worst place to do so. In an interview at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con, the actors who play Geralt of Rivia, Princess Cirilla, and Yennefer of Vengerberg, Henry Cavill, Freya Allan, and Anya Chalotra, were asked about the conditions on the set in Budapest. From the looks on their faces and the sounds they made, especially Allan’s and Chalotra’s, it was clear that the time they spent working there was not easy.
Allan said that the cold was one of the worst things about where the filming took place: “I was always acting in the snow in Hungary, so when we went to the Canary Islands to film some scenes, I thought, “Oh, I’m going to go somewhere warm for once!” It wasn’t, though!” Even there, Allan said she had to bring a hot water bottle because they were shooting in cold mountain locations.
In response to what Allan had said, Chalotra said that the shooting conditions were “brutal.” She also said, “I always had my hot water bottle, so it was fine,” praising the same piece of gear for helping her out. She then said, “And I think I’ve filmed in every kind of weather.”
In Season 1, Chalotra was the only one of the main three who had to film in very hot weather. This was because Yennefer was transported to a desert where all she could see were sand dunes.
But Chalotra said that shooting in different weather and landscapes was all part of the fun.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most of the eight episodes of the second season were filmed in different parts of the United Kingdom. This made things easier on the cast, but it also brought its own problems.