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Best Netflix Series to Watch that Would Make You Feel You’re in Europe

By Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor March 12th, 2020 Posted in Travel Blog No comments

With breathtaking views, buildings with fantastic architecture, charming towns, and colorful culture, Europe is one of the continents in everybody’s bucket list. While at home, why not Netflix and Chill? Here’s the Best Netflix Series to Watch to Make you Feel You’re In Europe!

Best Netflix Series to Watch that Would Make You Feel You’re in Europe

From Romance Dramas to Fantasy Series, we’ll give you our favorites. There are scenes that you would surely say to yourself, “I want to come here!” And the locations are real, so prepare a pen and paper as you’re going to add more places for your future Eurotrip. Get ready, too, as the stories will honestly get you hooked up.

1. Crash Landing on You – Switzerland

Synopsis from Netflix:

A paragliding mishap drops a South Korean heiress in North Korea — and into the life of an army officer, who decides he will help her hide.

Starring: Hyun Bin, Son Ye-jin, Seo Ji-hye
Creators: Lee Jeong-hyo, Park Ji-eun
Seasons/Episodes: 1 Season, 16 Episodes

The unpredictable story, actors (main and supporting) you will come to love, and the good-and-sad-feels you will have will make you love this series. Though not primarily filmed in Europe, the last bit of the opening scene and some episodes are shot in Switzerland. It’s truly breathtaking, especially as you know the magic behind what happens in Switzerland, especially the Lake Iseltwald scene.

Spots you should see:

  • Lake Brienz, Iseltwald, Switzerland
  • Panorama Bridge, Sigriswil, Switzerland
  • First-Schreckfeld, Grindelwald, Switzerland
  • Lake Lungern, Kaiserstuhl-Bürglen, Switzerland

2. Witcher – Hungary, Poland, Spain

Synopsis from Netflix:

Geralt of Rivia, a mutated monster-hunter for hire, journeys toward his destiny in a turbulent world where people often prove more wicked than beasts.

Starring: Henry Cavill, Anya Chalotra, Freya Allan
Creators: Lauren Schmidt Hissrich
Seasons/Episodes: 1 Season, 8 episodes

I downloaded this to watch while I was traveling and not home for more than a week, the result: I finished it in less than a day. Witcher is a fantastic series that gets you confused about how the story goes at first, but as it progresses, you will understand and drool for more. Unbelievably, the many locations are not CGI but real! Toss a coin to your savings, and you might have a budget to visit these stunning places!

Spots you should see:  

  • Vajdahunyad Castle, Budapest, Hungary
  • Tata Castle, Tata, Hungary
  • Ogrodzieniec Castle, Podzamcze, Poland
  • Canary Islands, Spain

3. The Crown – United Kingdom

Synopsis from Netflix:

This drama follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and the events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.

Starring: Olivia Colman, Helena Bonham Carter, Tobias Menzies
Creator: Peter Morgan
Seasons/Episodes: 3 Seasons, 10 Episodes each

If we talk about the Royals, there’s one famous all over the world; Queen Elizabeth II. The Crown gives us a glimpse of the Queen’s life when she was new to the crown. Many questions about what happens inside those castles and within the family are answered. Plus, the palaces and their homes are so gorgeous! Most are open to the public, too, so you should visit in the future!

Spots you should see:                  

  • Ely Cathedral, Ely, England
  • Caernarfon Castle, Gwynedd, Wales
  • Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire, England
  • Hatfield House, Hertfordshire, England
  • Lancaster House, London, England
  • Wilton House, Wilton, England

4. Money Heist – Spain

Synopsis from Netflix:

Eight thieves take hostages and lock themselves in the Royal Mint of Spain as a criminal mastermind manipulates the police to carry out his plan.

Starring: Úrsula Corberó, Álvaro Morte, Pedro Alonso
Creators: Álex Pina
Seasons/Episodes: 3 Seasons, 23 total episodes

If you love mind-boggling crime thrillers, you surely will enjoy Money Heist.  Money Heist or La Casa de Papel is unpredictable with characters that each is unique on their own. The cliffhangers, the plots, and the twists are so amazing; you could not stop watching. Get your red jumpsuits ready and buy those ‘Salvador Dali’ masks for your future trip to Spain.

Spots you should see:  

  • Royal Mint of Spain, Madrid, Spain
  • Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Madrid, Spain
  • Plaza Callao, Madrid, Spain

5. Memories of Alhambra – Spain and Slovenia

Synopsis from Netflix:

While looking for the cryptic creator of an innovative augmented-reality game, an investment firm executive meets a woman who runs a hostel in Spain.

Starring: Hyun Bin, Park Shin-hye, Park Hoon
Creators: Song Jae-jung, Ahn Gil-ho
Seasons/Episodes: 1 Season, 16 episodes

The concept of an AR-game is so refreshing that you feel you want to be in this series, too! The backdrop of Granada is so beautiful; you would want to walk on those streets yourself. Get hooked on this Sci-Fi, Fantasy Drama, that you want to be real. Each episode is a breathtaking adventure!

Spots you should see:  

  • Mirador San Nicolas, Granada, Spain
  • Alhambra, Granada, Spain
  • House in Barri Vell, Girona, Spain
  • Gavà Railway Station, Barcelona, Spain
  • Hercules Fountain, Ljubljana, Slovenia

6. Vikings – Ireland

Synopsis from Netflix:

This gritty drama charts the exploits of Viking hero Ragnar Lothbrok as he extends the Norse reach by challenging an unfit leader who lacks vision.

Starring: Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen
Creators: Michael Hirst
Seasons/Episodes: 6 Seasons, 79 total episodes

Before this series, the Vikings l picture are those big bulky dudes wearing helmets with two horns. This made them more ferociously human. Vikings is fascinating, knowing the culture and history behind these mighty conquerors through a series is not boring at all. My favorite part is that there are powerful women, and it’s realistic (no magic) just brute force. The sets are stunning, too!

Spots you should see:  

  • Blessington Lakes, Couty Wicklow, Ireland
  • Ashford Studios, Couty Wicklow, Ireland
  • Luggala, Couty Wicklow, Ireland
  • Skógafoss Waterfall, Skógar, Iceland

7. Suburra: Blood on Rome – Italy and Vatican

Synopsis from Netflix:

In 2008, a fight over land in a seaside town near Rome spirals into a deadly battle between organized crime, corrupt politicians and the Vatican.

Starring: Alessandro Borghi, Giacomo Ferrara, Eduardo Valdarnini
Creators: Barbara Petronio, Ezio Abbate, Fabrizio Bettelli, Daniele Cesarano, Nicola Guaglianone
Seasons/Episodes: 2 Seasons, 18 total episodes

An Italian film based on real-life events of the Mafia Capitale investigation is Suburra. It’s a crime series about organized crime in the eternal city of Rome and the Vatican. It’s highly addictive, even though it’s showing you the bad side of Rome. However, I hope you won’t get too scared to visit this part of the country after watching this.

Spots you should see:  

  • St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City
  • Città dello sport, Rome, Italy
  • Ostia, Rome, Italy

8. Dark – Germany

Synopsis from Netflix:

A missing child sets four families on a frantic hunt for answers as they unearth a mind-bending mystery that spans three generations.

Starring: Louis Hofmann, Oliver Masucci, Jördis Triebel
Creators: Baran bo Odar, Jantje Friese
Seasons/Episodes: 2 Seasons, 18 total episodes

Dark is a German Sci-Fi series, especially those who are fans of the theme of Stranger Things. It will start a bit slow, but once you’re into it, you can’t seem to get out. It’s so marvelous and intriguing. Though it’s a bit scary, you want to discover where it took place yourself!

Spots you should see:  

  • Südwestkirchhof Stahnsdorf, Stahnsdork, Germany
  • Friedhofsbahn, Berlin, Germany
  • Reinfelder Schule, Berlin, Germany
  • Grunewald Forest, Berlin, Germany

9. Sherlock – United Kingdom

Synopsis from Netflix:

In this updated take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s beloved mystery tales, the eccentric sleuth prowls the streets of modern London in search of clues.

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs
Creators: Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat
Seasons/Episodes: 4 Seasons, 16 episodes

Tune in the adventures of our eccentric favorite detective, Sherlock, and his loyal friend, Dr. Watson. Though we have watched Robert Downey Jr. (Ironman) as Sherlock Holmes in the films with Jude Law (Dumbledore), Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Strange), and Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins) do them justice. Solve some mysteries as you walk through the streets of London, just like our beloved detective.

Spots you should see:  

  • 187 N Gower St., Kings Cross, London, England (221B Baker Street)
  • Cardiff Castle, Cardiff, Wales
  • St. Hilary’s Church, Cowbridge, Wales
  • St. Mary Magdalene Church, Bristol, England
  • St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, England

10. Sense8 – France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, UK

Synopsis from Netflix:

From the creators of “The Matrix” and “Babylon 5” comes this tense series in which eight people can telepathically experience each other’s lives.

Starring: Tuppence Middleton, Brian J. Smith, Bae Doona
Creators: Lilly Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, J. Michael Straczynski
Seasons/Episodes: 2 Seasons, 12 episodes each

With 8 different characters and a wonderful plot, you’ll get to love this series. It’s everything in one = Sci-Fi, Romance, Suspense, Comedy, Drama, and Horror. You will feel a lot of emotions and connections to the character, too. Plus, the casts are diverse and well represented. Travel all over the world with this series!

Spots you should see:  

  • Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
  • Schlesische Straße, Berlin, Germany
  • Halsanefshellir Cave, Reynisfjara, Iceland
  • Palazzo Dello Spagnuolo, Naples, Italy
  • Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Primrose Hill, London, England, UK
  • Ardkinglas Estate, Scotland, UK
Best Netflix Series to Watch that Would Make You Feel You’re in Europe
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While hanging inside your house, you can go Netflix and Chill. I hope you are transported to Europe while watching these series. Have you watch any of them or want to start episode 1 now? Tell me your thoughts!

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About the Writer

Lyza Paloma

Hey, I’m Lyza! I once was a person who just imagined going to places “one day” but decided to pursue my dreams. My first travel abroad was in Japan, solo, last 2018, and fell in love with the journey since. I’m aiming to visit 10 countries before turning 30 and 2 new places in the Philippines every year. Besides traveling, I love organizing trips, photography, reading, and making new friends. Follow my adventures through my Instagram.

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