Filming began in February 2007 in New Zealand, but unlike the previous film, the majority of shooting took place in Central Europe, because of the larger sets available in those countries. The film swaps mythical Narnia for New Zealand via less explored parts of the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovenia.
Chateau de Pierrefonds, 50 km outside Paris near Compiegne in France, inspired the film set of Miraz's castle.
1940’s London was created in Pargue, with the area surrounding the city’s famous concert hall, the Praha Rudolfinum, doubling for Trafalgar Square.
The children entered into the Strand subway station, a World War II-era London Underground station, through which they were whisked away to an idyllic Narnian beach. In German, “strand” means “beach”. When they arrive in Narnia, they arrive on a beach.
Mercury Bay on the Coromandel Peninsula served as the settings for scenes in which the Pevensie children took their first steps back into Narnia. One impressive sight was the Cathedral Cove, on the eastern shore of the peninsula, and a majestic bluff rises several hundred feet above the ocean where the siblings discovered the ruins of Cair Paravel, the fictional castle where the Kings and Queens of Narnia rule.
Photographer: wikimedia/Mike Bordignon
Coming further inland, the film crew trekked to New Zealand’s South Island for forest views. In New Zealand, the whole west coast of the South Island is covered with ancient forests, which is hard to find in Europe.
These forest areas include Haast River Valley, Dart River, and forests near Paradise Valley. The film’s final stop in New Zealand was a privately-owned horse ranch outside Queenstown called Paradise.
The Dart river is crystal clear and has an emerald blue color as the Pevensie rowed the boat into the river valley with towering mountains on both sides. There are several tour companies available that operate out of Glenorchy which offer tours up the Dart River: http://www.dartriver.co.nz/.
The children journey through the Gory Stolowe in Lower Silesia, on the border between the Czech Republic and Poland. Imressive labyrinthine sandstone rock formations, thick deciduous and alpine forests and brooding hills make it a very Narnian place.
One of the film’s most memorable set pieces and breath-taking views was shot at Soca River, or Emerald River, at Bovec, Slovenia because of its resemblance to New Zealand. The movie maker hired a real contractor to build the bridge built for the movie and later was destoryed to return the river to the way it was before filming. The water on the river Soca has a wonderful emerald green color that flows over white gravel.
Photographer: wikimedia/Florian Jesse
Part of the film's final battle at Aslan’s How was shot at Brdo region near Dobris and Usti in the Czech Republic. 800 extras were drafted in to flesh out the Battle . A “how” is synonymous with the archeological term “tell,” which simply means a hill that covers up a previous spot of historical significance.
Karpacz, a spa town and ski resort at south-western Poland, is used as the town where Aslan, the Kings and Queens of Narnia, and Narinans celebrate the victory over Telmarine.
At the end, they are deposited back at the Strand station.