Where was Stranger Things filmed? All real scenes from the show

Don't worry, none of them are upside down.

For a show with so many episodes set in hellish alternate worlds, Netflix's "Stranger Things" shot a surprising number of its scenes on location. From the town of Hawkins, Indiana, to the gulag in Kamchatka, the hit sci-fi series features many places fans can actually visit in the real world. However, just like in Upside Down, the buildings and streets that appear in Stranger Things aren't always what they seem. The "real" Hawkins is not in the American Midwest, but in the southern state of Georgia. As for the Russian peninsula, famous for its strategic position in the West in the Adventure games, the scenes were actually filmed in Lithuania. If you're wondering what other real-life Stranger Things locations are, and which strange places they've played in the series, here's a handy guide you can use to plan your next TV-themed vacation.

Downtown Jackson, Georgia

This may disappoint some fans, but Indiana does not have Hawkins. However, that doesn't mean you can't walk down the same street with characters like Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder) and Nancy Wheeler (Natalia Dyer). In downtown Jackson, viewers can find many places The main administrative and business district of Hawkins, which starred in "Stranger Things." On the corner of 2nd Street and North Mulberry, you'll find Melvald's General Store, where Joyce bought all the Christmas lights to communicate with an upside-down Will (Noah Schnapp). On Oak Street, Bradley's Alder's Tavern, which appeared in Season 1 as a local movie theater, used to be the alleyway where Steve (Joe Keery) and Jonathan (Charlie Heaton) shook hands. On West 3rd, you'll find the exterior of the Hawkins Public Library, better known to the citizens of Jackson as the Butts County Probate Court. The interior scenes of the library were filmed at the East Point Library in East Point, Georgia.

8485 Courthouse Square W, Douglasville, Georgia

Not all Hawkins are in Jackson, even though you don't have to cross the state line to find other parts of town. At 8485 Courthouse Square W, you'll find Douglasville's former City Hall, also known as the Hawkins Police Department. You probably won't see Hopper (David Harbour) walking around, though. Still, it doesn't hurt to ask.

6501 Church Street, Douglasville, Georgia

Also in Douglasville is a commercial lot used as a palace arcade Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin), and Will hear about MADMAX for the first time in Season 2, aka Max Mayfield (Sadie Sink). The home video company with Steve and Robin (Maya Hawke) as its most famous employees. Both stores are currently on sale, but you can still take a good look at their facades.

Patrick Henry Adult Education Center, Stockbridge, Georgia

In Stockbridge, you'll find Hawkins Middle School and Hawkins High School, and best of all, like Home Video and Palace Arcade, it's all in one place. The schools the Hawkins children attend are all played by the same actor, and the Patrick Henry Adult Education Center is on South Lee Street.

149 Coastline Road, Fayetteville, Georgia

Speaking of kids, if you feel the need to visit the Byers place, Fayetteville is the place for you. The house where Joyce, Will and Jonathan once lived is located on 149 Shoreline. Mind you, this is actually someone's home.

906 East 2nd Avenue, Rome, Georgia

Another memorable house in Stranger Things that fans can visit in the real world is the Creel Residence in Rome, Georgia. this The Victorian mansion is the perfect setting for the massacre of the Creel family that opens season 4's Vecna ​​story. As with the Byers home, it's important to remember that there may be real people living in the Creel mansion. If you decide to visit, please be careful not to disturb anyone and not to trespass.

Bradley’s Big Buy, Palmetto, Georgia

If during your Stranger Things-themed road trip you find yourself short on Eggos, take a detour to Palmetto, Georgia and visit Bradley's Big Buy. That's where Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) gets all her Eggos after escaping Hawkins National Laboratory in Season 1.

Emory University Hospital, Smyrna, Georgia

Another Georgian town that has contributed significantly to Hawkins' appearance is Smyrna, where Emory University Hospital is located. On the show, the hospital is known as the Hawkins Memorial, and we last saw Max in Season 4, after her final encounter with Vecner (Jamie Campbell Bower). The Hawkins Memorial also featured heavily in Stranger Things season 3, serving as a real battleground for kids and one of the minions of the mind flayers.

Gwinnett Place Mall, Duluth, Georgia

While we're on the subject of mind flayers, the great battle The battle with the beast took place right here in Duluth. The now-defunct Gwinnett Place Mall was the main location for Hawkins' own Starcourt Mall, where Billy (Dacre Montgomery) was killed in Season 3's eponymous Battle of Starcourt, in which Hopper was captured by the Soviets.

Bellwood Quarry, Atlanta, Georgia

Georgia's state capital also appears frequently in all four seasons of Stranger Things. The Bellwood Quarry, located just west of Atlanta, had a small but significant portion in season one, the Sattler Quarry, where Will Byers' fake body was found.

South Bend Pool, Atlanta, Georgia

Another body of water from Atlanta that appears in Stranger Things is the South Bend Pool on Lakewood Avenue, albeit a man-made body of water, where scenes from the Hawkins community pool were filmed in Season 3.

Boat Rock Bouldering Area, Atlanta, Georgia

By Season 4, Atlanta contributed the Boat Rock Bouldering Area, where you can find Skull Rock, which was Eddie Munson's (Joseph Quinn) hideout.

Building A, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

Last but not least, the city of Atlanta gave Stranger Things the mysterious and terrifying Hawkins National Laboratory. Where a large number of MKUltra experiments have been performed on adult and child subjects (including our beloved Eleven) is Actually a building on the Briarcliff property of Emory University. In real life, the laboratory is actually an abandoned mental hospital. By August 2022, the building will be demolished to create a senior living community, according to Emory Wheel.

Mary Hall, Berry College, Mount Berry, Georgia

Speaking of mental hospitals and universities, Pennhurst Mental Asylum in Cali County was actually shot at the Mary Hall building at Berry College in Berry Hill. On the show, the hospital houses suspected murderer Victor Creel (Robert Englund), who was wrongly accused of killing his entire family in the 50s in season 4. The state's most popular (and rather racist) tourist attraction, Stone Mountain Park. With over 3,000 acres of green space, the park features the famous old railroad tracks that the kids traveled across in seasons 1 and 2 while helping Eleven and finding Dustin's pet demon.

Stone Mountain Park, Stone Mountain, Georgia

Also from Stone Mountain is Stone Mountain Cemetery, who played Hawkins Cemetery in Stranger Things. In Season 2, the cemetery is home to fan favorite Bob (Shannon Purser). In season 4, it's a Main location, one of Max's most memorable confrontations with Vecna ​​takes place as she mourns the death of her stepbrother Billy. On the other hand, the funeral scene for Will Byers' prosthetic in season one was filmed at Bethany Cemetery in Fayetteville.

Stone Mountain Cemetery, Stone Mountain, Georgia

Now that you know that the "real" Hawkins is not in Indiana, but in Georgia, it's probably not surprising that the Stranger Things version of California was actually filmed in New Mexico. Now, here's the real problem: Season 4's Surfer Boy Pizza isn't actually a pizzeria, but a Mexican restaurant in Los Lunas. Aliberto's even had a post on the restaurant's Facebook page thanking the "Stranger Things" crew for choosing the place as a location.

Aliberto’s Mexican Food, Los Lunas, New Mexico

In season 4, after leaving Hawkins, Eleven and Will attend a new school in California, where Al is relentlessly bullied by a group of mean girls. Eleven's nightmare school is called Lenora High, and it's actually Eldorado High School in Albuquerque.

Eldorado High School, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Also in Albuquerque is Skate-O-Mania - or should we say Rink-O-Mania - the ice rink where Eleven is humiliated in front of Mike and eventually unleashes her powers against Terrible Angela (Elodie Grace Orkin).

Skate-O-Mania, Albuquerque, New Mexico

It is not difficult to convince viewers that New Mexico is actually California. The two states are relatively close to each other, and depending on where you are in California, the climate and vegetation are pretty much the same. But pretending that New Mexico is actually Alaska? That's another story! However, the "Stranger Things" crew managed to pull it off in season 4, using filters to disguise an American motel in Albuquerque as one in Alaska, where Joyce and Murray (Brett Gelman) ) spent the night at an Alaska motel while on a Hopper rescue mission.

Americana Motel, Albuquerque, New Mexico

After arriving in Alaska, Joyce and Murray managed to fly to the Soviet Union with the dubious help of Nikola Djuricko, a Tom was a Soviet smuggler who ran a small business. Yuri's Fish'n'Fly flies over the North Pole for a small fee and also airlifts illegal American goods into the Kamchatka region. In fact, Yuri's company is not far from Nome, Alaska. The Fish’n’Fly scenes were filmed at Kyviškės Airport in Lithuania’s capital.

Kyviškės Aerodrome, Vilnius, Lithuania

The Orthodox church where Yuri used to store contraband is also not near Kamchatka. church actually Known as St. Nicholas, it is also located in Lithuania, about 30 miles from the capital, Vilnius.

St. Nicholas Church, Semeliškės, Lithuania

Finally, the Gulag scene starring Hopper in season four was filmed at the defunct Lukiškės prison in Vilnius. As expected from a prison, Lukiškės has a dark history. At various times in Lithuanian history, the institution was used by Polish and Soviet occupiers to hold political prisoners. During World War II, the Nazis used it as a makeshift detention center for Jewish and Polish prisoners. Lukiškės was the site of the last execution in Lithuania in 1995, and was permanently closed in 2019 following a series of human rights investigations by the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture. The prison became a cultural center, but its story does not end there. After it was used in season 4 of Stranger Things, the Lithuanian government announced that it would sell part of the complex. In a partnership between Netflix and Airbnb, Lukiškės is now offering a Stranger Things-themed cell where people can sleep in for real money — a move that many consider ill-advised, to say the least.

Lukiškės Prison, Vilnius, Lithuania

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