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The New Hunger Games Film Is Almost Here, But Where Was ‘The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes’ Filmed?

The fifth installment of The Hunger Games movie franchise, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes comes out in two weeks. We’ve already broken down the filming locations from the previous four movies, so we thought we’d share the same for this one. So, where was The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes filmed?

Some spoilers ahead for those who have not read the book

The prequel film tells the story of President Coriolanus Snow’s rise to power and his time working as one of the first Mentors in the 10th Annual Hunger Games. The film takes place primarily in The Capitol and in District 12, where Snow’s tribute, Lucy Gray Baird is from. 

Here are some of the outdoor filming locations to watch for:


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Filming took place across Germany in locations such as Berlin and the North-Rhine Westphalia. Several scenes took place at the Völkerschlachtdenkmal Monument (Monument to the Battle of Nations). You can even see a few of these scenes in the film’s trailer. The Monument to the Battle of Nations was built for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Leipzig and is the largest monument in Europe.

Filmmakers also used the Altes Museum in Berlin, Germany as Heavensbee Hall at the Academy located in the Capitol. The students can be seen entering the museum as they wait for their tribute assignments. Except for some statues added to the exterior of the building, the outside of the building was kept authentic by the filmmakers.

Other scenes taking place in the Capitol were filmed in town centers throughout Berlin to give off the feel of a bustling city. They also filmed the scenes taking place in Dr. Gaul’s office in the Landesbetrieb Krematorium Berlin, which feels pretty eerie. This slightly mysterious feel is perfect for the unsettling storylines from The Hunger Games series.


Image by Marcin Golen, UNESCO

As fans of The Hunger Games know, the areas are engineered to feel like different landscapes. However, the first 10 Hunger Games took place in Capitol Arena, an amphitheater from before the dark days that was used for sporting events. Capitol Arena is better known as Centennial Hall and is located in Wrocław, Poland. Centennial Hall is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Are you excited to see The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes yet?

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