With the upcoming release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens in December, we’ve dug up some epic locations around the world where the Star Wars franchise was filmed. Though there was plenty of studio filming and computer-generated graphics, filmmakers still made trips out to real-world locations. Some of the locations are so mind-blowing you might not believe they really exist on our own Planet Earth. Whether a Star Wars fanatic or new to the series, check out these 25 Star Wars Film Locations You Can Visit Today.
Tunisia has been a major filming location throughout the Star Wars franchise, especially for scenes on Tatooine. Visit the port of Ajim on the southern side of the island of Djerba, Tunisia, and look for the outside of Chalmun’s Spaceport Cantina and Ben Kenobi’s hut (which was originally and still is an old fisherman’s hut).
A little known town, Caserta (just northeast of Napoli) boasts the largest royal palace in Italy, originally built for King Charles III in the 18th century. The 1,000+ room palace was made into the Theed Royal Palace in Episodes I & II.
Death Valley, California, made it into Star Wars because A New Hope went over budget and the team couldn’t afford to return to Tunisia, their original desired filming location. R2-D2 was filmed speeding away in search of Ben Kenobi’s hut.
The massive Hardangerjøkulen glacier is the sixth largest in Norway and was used during filming of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back to shoot scenes and battles from ice planet Hoth.
Europe’s most active volcano, Mount Etna was used to capture plate photography which became the background for the epic lightsaber battle on planet Mustafar between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker. Mount Etna erupted during filming at which point George Lucas sent crews to film the lava flows.