May The Force Be With You: Travel Star Wars Destinations

You won’t have to visit a galaxy far, far away to see these stunning Star Wars locations!  Take a trip across our own celestial star and experience over 40-years of both Empire and Republic history.

The Lars Homestead set from Star Wars (Chott el Djerid, Tunisia)

Chott el Djerid (Arabic: شط الجريد‎‎ Šoṭṭ el-Jarīd) also spelled Sciott Gerid and Shott el Jerid, is a large endorheic salt lake in southern Tunisia. George Lucas returned to this location to film new scenes for Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

Chott el-Jerid, Lars Homestead (Star Wars)
Chott el-Jerid, Lars Homestead (Star Wars)

 

Lars Homestead, Tatooine (Matmata, Tunisia)

Matmataمطماطة‎‎ About this sound maṭmāṭa) is a small Berber speaking town in southern Tunisia. Some of the local Berber residents live in traditional underground “troglodyte” structures. The structures typical for the village are created by digging a large pit in the ground. Around the perimeter of this pit artificial caves are then dug to be used as rooms, with some homes comprising multiple pits, connected by trench-like passageways.  The Hotel Sidi Driss was used as the interior for the home of Luke Skywalker on the planet Tatooine in Episode IV.

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Various Locations on Tatooine (Death Valley National Park, CA)

Death Valley National Park is a national park in the United States. Straddling the border of California and Nevada, located east of the Sierra Nevada, it occupies an interface zone between the arid Great Basin and Mojave deserts in the United States. The park protects the northwest corner of the Mojave Desert and contains a diverse desert environment of salt-flats, sand dunes, badlands, valleys, canyons, and mountains. R2D2’s run-in with the Jawas in Episode IV  and exteriors of Jabba’s Palace in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

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Hoth (Hardangerjøkulen, Norway)

The 1980 movie The Empire Strikes Back used Hardangerjøkulen as a filming location, for scenes of the ice planet Hoth, including a memorable battle in the snow. Hardangerjøkulen is the sixth largest glacier in mainland Norway. It is located in the municipalities of Eidfjord and Ulvik in Hordaland county.

Tur fra Finse til Hardangerjøkulen 25. mars 2007.

 

Endor (Redwood National and State Parks, CA)

Used to portray the evergreen planet of Endor (home of the Ewoks) in Episode VI. The Redwood National and State Parks (RNSP) are old-growth temperate rainforests located in the United States, along the coast of northern California. Comprising Redwood National Park (established 1968) and California’s Del Norte Coast, Jedediah Smith, and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Parks (dating from the 1920s), the combined RNSP contain 139,000 acres (560 km2).[3] Located entirely within Del Norte and Humboldt Counties, the four parks, together, protect 45% of all remaining coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) old-growth forests, totaling at least 38,982 acres (157.75 km2).

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Naboo Royal Palace (Royal Palace of Caserta in Caserta, Italy)

Served as the filming location for Queen Amidala’s royal palace on Naboo in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, as well as Queen Jamilia’s palace in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. The Royal Palace of Caserta is a former royal residence in Caserta, southern Italy, constructed for the Bourbon kings of Naples. It is one of the largest palaces erected in Europe during the 18th century. In 1997, the palace was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site;

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Theed, Naboo (Plaza de España in Seville, Spain)

The Plaza de Espana in Seville, Spain was used as the backdrop for Theed, the capital of Naboo (and home of Luke and Leia’s mother, Padmé Amidala)in Episode I and Episode II. The Plaza de España (“Spain Square”, in English) is a plaza in the Parque de María Luisa (Maria Luisa Park), in Seville, Spain, built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929. It is a landmark example of the Regionalism Architecture, mixing elements of the Renaissance Revival and Moorish Revival (Neo-Mudéjar) styles of Spanish architecture.

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Naboo (Villa del Balbianello at Lake Como, Italy)

The site of Padmé Amidala and Anakin Skywalker’s clandestine wedding in Episode II.  The Villa del Balbianello, built in 1787, is a villa in the comune of Lenno (province of Como), Italy, overlooking Lake Como. It is located on the tip of a small wooded peninsula on the western shore of the south-west branch of Lake Como, not far from the Isola Comacina and is famous for its elaborate terraced gardens.

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Mountains of Alderaan (Grindelwald, Switzerland)

Planet Alderaan, home-world of Princess Leia, in Episode III.  Grindelwald is a village and municipality in the Interlaken-Oberhasli administrative district in the canton of Bern in Switzerland. In addition to the village of Grindelwald, the municipality also includes the settlements of Alpiglen, Burglauenen, Grund, Itramen, Mühlebach, Schwendi, Tschingelberg and Wargistal. Grindelwald village is located at 1,034 m (3,392 ft) above sea level in the Bernese Alps.

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Mountains of Kashyyyk (Phang Nha Bay near Phuket, Thailand)

Aerial footage of the limestone karst mountains at Phang Nga Bay in Thailand were used in Episode III  as a backdrop for the approach over the Battle of Kashyyyk, one of the last few battles fought in the Clone Wars before the fall of the Republic and the rise of the Empire.  Khao Phing Kan (Thai: เขาพิงกัน) or Ko Khao Phing Kan (เกาะเขาพิงกัน) is an island in Thailand, in Phang Nga Bay northeast of Phuket. The islands are limestone tower karsts and are a part of Ao Phang Nga National Park.

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Mountains of Kashyyyk (Skellig Michael, Ireland)

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, Skellig Michael (Irish: Sceilig Mhichíl), also called Great Skellig (Irish: Sceilig Mhór), is the larger of the two Skellig Islands, 11.6 kilometres (7.2 mi) west of the Iveragh peninsula in County Kerry, Ireland.A Christian monastery was founded on the island at some point between the 6th and 8th century and remained continuously occupied until it was abandoned in the late 12th century. The remains of the monastery, and most of the island, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.

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