As we already reported, Hungary has become very popular in the eyes of the Hollywood film industry. Last week we wrote about five Hollywood blockbusters that would not exist without Hungarian contribution. Now collected 12 series filmed in Hungary. According to them, Hungary is popular because of its adequate infrastructure, professional crew, low costs and, diverse localities.

The Alienist, 2018

The drama takes place in 19th century New York and it is not about UFOs but a brilliant criminal psychologist, Dr Laszlo Kreizler portrayed by Daniel Brühl. In fact, the series was filmed in Budapest and in the Korda Filmstudios located in the wine-making village of Etyek.

12 Monkeys, 2015–2018

The fate of humanity is in the hands of James Cole portrayed by Aaron Stanford. He is trying to baulk the Army of the 12 Monkeys aiming to spread a virus which would mean the end of our species. In relation to the Year of the Monkey episode, the IMDB mentions the Chain Bridge and Budapest.

The Terror, 2018-

Based on true story, the British horror drama anthology happens between 1846 and 1848 and follows the terrific adventures of Captain Sir John Franklin’s lost expedition to the Arctic seeking the Northwest Passage. Interestingly, almost every episode of the series was shot in Hungary.

Homeland, 2011-2018

Budapest is Moscow in the latest season of the American series being shot these days. Interestingly, even former Hungarian PM Ferenc Gyurcsány appears in the episode All in on a billboard on Andrássy street.

You can watch this scene here:

Ransom, 2017-18

Presenting the life of a hostage negotiator, the events sometimes take place in the diplomat district of Budapest.

Genius: Picasso, 2018

National Geographic’s newest series presents the life of world-famous Spanish painter Pablo Picasso. He is portrayed by Antonio Banderas who is walking on the streets of the charming Hungarian village of Szentendre which is Paris’s Montmarte district in the series.

Banderas reciting one of the most famous poems of the popular Hungarian poet Attila József (1905-1937) in Spanish:

Emerald City, 2016

The series is a peculiar adaptation of the Wizard of Oz filmed not only near the Hungarian Parliament but in the Budapest Castle Hill Funicular, in the Ethnographical Museum and in Etyek.

Filming the Emerald city in Budapest:

Crossroads, 2016

Since The Martian (2015) was filmed in Hungary (Etyek) before it was self-evident that National Geographic will shoot this sci-fi miniseries here, as well.

The Last Kingdom, 2015–

This miniseries of BBC America takes us to the 9th century England thus, well-known Hungarian places became Anglo-Saxon villages and castles.

The main protagonists in Budapest, Vörösmarty square. Photo:

Houdini, 2014

This miniseries is about one of the biggest illusionists of all time who happened to be Hungarian. Erik Weisz became world-famous as Harry Houidini and is played by Academy Award-winning Adrien Brody whose mother is Hungarian. In the series, Budapest provides background for itself, Berlin, San Francisco and also Washington.

Somewhere on the streets of “San Francisco.” Photo:

Dracula, 2013

Though Transylvania became part of Romania in 1920, this series was shot in Hungary. In this video somebody collected all the places where the series were filmed in Budapest:

The Borgias, 2011-13

The series was filmed in the Korda Filmstudios and in various external sites like Komárom, Tata and Sopron, the arboretum of Alcsút and the Rudas Thermal Bath.

Behind the scenes in Budapest:


Featured image: Korda Filmstudios, Etyek. Photo:


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  1. The beautiful buildings are photogenically appealing for many period pieces.

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