If you watch Netflix as much as we do, you already know about their series Dark. Like in Stranger Things, the city where everything happens in this series is a massive part of the mystery in the series. But Winden, the city where most of the series happens, is not real and you can find some small pieces of it in and around Berlin. We have been looking for those places for a while now, and we are here to show you our findings.
The story in Dark begins with a teenager gone missing and a series of unexplained events that overwhelm four families in the town of Winden. Tall trees, subterranean caves that are not what they seem, a dark forest that could be the source of all the mystery and a small-town community where everybody knows each other for as long as they have been living there. This is the setting of Dark, and we loved it so much that we need to know where was it filmed.
There is a map at the end of this article where you can see all the locations from the series Dark around Berlin. At least, the ones that we found out.
Where was the Netflix’s series Dark filmed?
According to the series creators, Baran bo Odarn and Jantje Friese, Winden is not a real town, and everything that was filmed for the series was purposely put together so that this fictional town wouldn’t look like a northern German town or a Bavarian village. Their idea was to turn this fictional town in a place that could be everywhere and anywhere at the same time. Because of this, they went to Berlin and explored the surrounding areas looking for the village look that would fit well with everything about the series Dark.
When you leave Berlin and go straight into the forest around Grünewald, the area becomes completely different from what you see in places like Neukölln. There are long straight trees that create a creepy, almost fairytale, type of forest.
If you don’t want to read spoilers, go straight into the map at the end of this article and learn more about these three locations where the Netflix’s series Dark filmed. If you don’t care about spoilers, just read the rest of the text below.
The church where Michael meets Noah
In episode 5, when Noah meets Michael, there is a church in the background since Michael is there to see where he father is buried. We learned about the location of this church from Dark through our friends at Canal Alemanizando, and you can find it at the Südwestkirchhof Stahnsdorf. This is the cemetery that used to be connected to Wannsee via the railroad that it’s now abandoned.
The cemetery is the second largest one in Germany, and it has a beautiful forest character that makes the experience of walking around pretty interesting. There are a lot of historic tombs in the, including the one from Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau who directed the movie Nosferatu. But we went there to see the cemetery chapel!
The cemetery chapel from Südwestkirchhof Stahnsdorf was built between 1908 and 1911, and it follows the plans from Gustav Werner. The church has a Norwegian style, and it’s all made of wood. Inside, the wooden decoration is presented together with Art Nouveau glass windows and an organ by Wilhelm Sauer that is all original.
The trip to Stahnsdorf is, somehow, not that simple but the visit we did to the cemetery and the church was more than worth it. Even if we weren’t fans of the series Dark, it would be cool to explore the area.
The high school where everything starts in the series Dark
Most of the action in Dark happens around or at a high school where most of the kid’s study. According to a video we watched from our friends at Canal Alemanizando, the school is easy to find, and it was effortless to do it.
The school is called Reinfelder-Schule, and you can find it in Berlin-Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf neighborhood. You just take a train to S Messe Süd and walk a few blocks, and that is it. Simple.
The school has a concrete block feel, and it’s all painted in yellow, like in the series. We visited the area on a Sunday afternoon, and we took too many pictures of it. We went there on a Sunday to avoid taking photos of the kids, and it was more than worth it since the school was empty and we had all the time in the world to enjoy being a part of the series Dark.
The Bridge and the train tracks from the series Dark
The year is 2019 and there is a kid missing in Winden. He is the person dealing marijuana to some of the kids in school, and nobody seems to know where he might be. One o the kids decided to put together a group and go looking for the stash of drugs from the missing kids. They follow some train tracks that lead deeper into the forest, while they go looking for a cave.
They enter a cave looking for the stash of drugs, but there are strange sounds and some flickering flashlights that scare everybody in different directions. When they get together again, one of the kids is missing.
All of this happens in the same place in the middle of the forest in Grünewald. The train tracks are part of an abandoned railroad that used to lead to one of the most significant cemeteries in Germany: Südwestkirchhof Stahnsdorf. Known as the Friedhofsbahn, it used to connect Wannsee to Stahnsdorf until 1952 when the last train rolled into Stahnsdorf.
The bridge overlooks the abandoned train tracks, and there is a hiking route there that is called Königsweg, and it used to be one of the military paths between Berlin and Potsdam, back in the 1870s.
We visited the area twice and we even added to our weekly vlog! It’s quite impressive to watch the series and be there a couple of days later. The bridge where the kids realize that one of them is missing overlooks the abandoned train tracks, and you can see how Dark had to do some movie magic to make it look like it does on screen.
the Bridge and Train Tracks
These were the three locations from the Netflix’s series Dark we found around Berlin. We are still looking for some other ones and, at the same times, looking forward to the next season of the series. Dark was renewed back in December 2017, and we are pretty excited to see it hit the screens one more time. For more film locations in and around Berlin, click here.