Wednesday, the latest hit show on Netflix, is a certified visual feast of small-town charm, gothic interiors, and haunting forests. The smash hit is based on The Addams Family and has now become the third-most famous Netflix show in the English language ever.
The story revolves around Wednesday Addams, a gloomy teenager, as she enters a new school. After Wednesday was expelled because of an unfortunate incident that involved some piranhas and some swimmers, she was sent to Nevermore Academy, a boarding school for outcasts. The school is a castle perched amidst a forest near Jericho, a quaint normie town in Vermont.
The show and its entire cast went to Romania, where they filmed in various ornate locations across the European country. For many centuries, Romania has enjoyed a scary reputation for its castles, creepy legends, and haunted sites. The country’s spooky heritage has made it the most obvious and fitting location for Wednesday.
Continue reading to learn about the various filming locations for the popular Netflix series Wednesday:
Bucharest, Romania, is the main location of Wednesday’s first season with its eight episodes. It includes 70 sets across different locations all over the city and six sound stages.
According to Director Tim Burton, who was in charge of the show’s first four episodes, coming to Romania was an amazing experience since it weirdly fit into the world of the Addams Family. It was also an interesting challenge to make Romania look similar to Vermont, but they felt like they discovered several new locations.
Cantacuzino Castle, Busteni
Cantacuzino Castle in Busteni is where all of the Nevermore school’s exterior shots were taken. This neo-Romanian fortress was built in 1911 at the request of the Prime Minister of Romania and former Bucharest Mayor, Prince Gheorghe Grigore Cantacuzino. It served as his summer house until the 1930s.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs of the country owned the castle for a time after World War II, and it was soon restored and opened to the general public. The castle also had a courtyard, a church, fountains, and a grotto on its grounds.
For anyone who hopes to visit, daily visiting hours are available at the castle, where you get the chance to go on a tour of the building to see and admire its art gallery as well as the nearby sculpture garden.
The production made slight modifications to the roof of the castle using special effects so that it looked more gothic to perfectly suit the ambiance of the series. The castle wasn’t used for Nevermore’s interiors, but the production discovered other landmarks in Romania to add a touch of gothic aesthetic to the school.
Casa Monteoru, Bucharest
The production team on Wednesday set up shop in the Casa Monteouru house for the interior scenes of Nevermore Academy.
The historic home can be found right in the heart of the Romanian capital. It has a grand marble staircase and numerous ornately decorated rooms that were used in scenes where Wednesday and her classmates are roaming around the school. It was also the filming location for the scenes in the office of Mrs. Weens, the principal of the academy.
Casa Niculescu-Dorobantu is another castle-like abode featured in the series.
Also located in the capital, the building was constructed in the neo-gothic French style. Its stained glass windows and ornate staircase feature in several scenes set in Nevermore Academy’s interior and serve the viewers with some eye-catching visuals.
Conacul Olga Greceanu Mansion, Dâmbovița
In the sixth episode of Wednesday, the audience got a glimpse of the disturbing house that used to be Garrett Gates’ home. In reality, the house was the Conacul Olga Greceanu Mansion, a stately old house categorized as a historical monument in the country of Romania. You can find it in Dâmbovița, a county located north of Bucharest.
Regala Train Station, Sinaia
The train station of Gara Regala in Sinaia City, Romania, was used by Netflix for filming the shots set close to the Nevermore Academy. Sinaia is a charming village nestled in the Bucegi Mountains that once served as the residence of the family of King Mihai I.
Bucharest Botanical Garden
The scenes that involved the lush greenhouse in Nevermore were shot in the Bucharest Botanical Garden or the Gradina Botanica Dimitrie Brândza. The garden was built in 1860, with its name taken from its founder, botanist Dimitrie Brândza.
You can find the garden in the district of Cotroceni, in the capital of Romania. It is the home of a wide range of botanical species and plants. It also draws and captivates many nature enthusiasts and is popular all year.
Politehnica University of Bucharest
Wednesday sets the scene in the initial scenes of the first episode. Wednesday, the protagonist, together with Pugsley, her younger brother, is studying at the Politehnica University of Bucharest. The research institution was founded in 1818 and is found in Bucharest, the capital of the country.
All the sets used for Wednesday were built at Buftea Studios. It was the filming location for the scenes at the house of the sheriff, the quad at Nevermore, and the town of Jericho. The studios also served as the location where many other projects were filmed, making it a great location to visit.
The country of Romania has long been known for its gorgeous lakes, and the Netflix series also made sure to use the same, with Tim Burton using them for filming the Poe Cup Boat Race. The yearly competition between the four main factions of Nevermore was filmed on two of the lakes in the country, Sterbei and Brănești.
With all of these filming locations, it’s no surprise that Wednesday has become a certified hit for Netflix’s streaming platform. And whether you are a big fan of the series itself or you are just curious about its locations, don’t miss the chance to visit these places and add them to your must-visit list.
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