Given the intricately complex narrative of Netflix's sci-fi series Sense8, it's no surprise the show has such high production demands. Rather than opting for studio sets in one location, the show films all over the world, often shooting the same scene multiple times across several locations in order to achieve that authentic Sensate experience.
It's an intense process, but all that globetrotting has definitely paid off. #Sense8 Season 2 showed some brand new locations from 11 different countries, leaving viewers yearning for both a third season and a holiday.
If you've come down with a bad case of wanderlust, you might be desperate to check out some of the locations for yourself. Check out these lush Sense8 Season 2 filming locations for yourself and see where all the magic happened:
While the streets of Nairobi aren't the most easily recognized for those who don't hail from the African city, a couple of noteworthy locations were featured in Sense8 season 2. Capheus picks up some loyal passengers outside the Nairobi Railway Station during the Christmas special. Later on in the season, he delivers a rousing speech at Uhuru Park.
- Seoul, Bucheon & Incheon
Filming for Sun's story took place in various locations across South Korea, including Incheon, Bucheon and of course, Seoul. But easily the most stunning location was Bundang Chumo Park in Seoul, the terraced columbarium (cemetery) where Sun visits her parents' graves and faces off with Detective Mun.
After the honeymoon, Kala and Rajan move into to their impressive new home. The interior and exterior were shot separately, with Mumbai's Gallery 7 serving as the inside of their house, and the rooftop pool from the InterContinental Hotel on Marine Drive making a frequent appearance.
Kala also attempts to visit the iconic Babulnath Temple, despite not being able to enter due to the rowdy protesters outside. This is a rarity, as filming inside the temple is not often permitted.
- Mexico City & Metepec
Lito returns home to visit his mother in the Sense8 Christmas special, accompanying her to midnight mass. This scene was shot at Iglesia del Calvario, a church in Metepec. In the same episode, he accompanies Hernando to a cemetery— Nuevo Panteón Jardín in Mexico City.
The couple celebrate New Years Eve at Salón de Baile los Ángeles, a salsa bar in Mexico City. Later on in the season, Lito returns to Wallace Whisky bar, also in Mexico City, which was featured in Season 1.
- São Paulo
How the hell did the Sense8 crew afford to pay all those extras? Well, they didn't— because all those people weren't actors at all. Sense8 Season 2 did indeed film at the official 20th LGBT Pride Parade in São Paulo, Brazil, where Lito proudly declares, "I am a gay man!" With 2 million attendees, it's the world's biggest gay pride parade. Have you ever seen so much rainbow?
- San Francisco, California
The suitably colorful streets of San Francisco are home to Nomi and her feisty girlfriend Amanita. In fact, the City Lights Bookstore where Amanita works is a real, local business. Billy Goat Hill Park is the destination of choice for the couple's sexy picnic, which quickly transforms into a full-on Sensate orgy in the Christmas special.
While hiding out from the feds, Nomi is holed up at a women's home. The exterior and interior come from two striking San Francisco buildings: William Westerfield House, and The Women's Building.
Remember Bug's starstruck encounter with Lito during a screening of one of his films? That was shot at the historic Castro Theatre:
The trio also visit some iconic San Francisco locations in Sense8 Season 2. City Hall hosts the festive Gay Christmas, while Nomi's sister gets married at the beautiful Grace Cathedral.
- Redwood National And State Parks, California
There's no mistaking the enchanting surrounds of Angelica's cabin. The Sensates pay a visit to the Californian Redwood forest, uncovering the horrific history hidden among the moss and ferns.
- Los Angeles, California
Lito and Hernando reenact that passionate scene straight out of From Here to Eternity at Leo Carrillo State Park and Beach in Malibu, LA. The mansion where they attend the star-studded party is also located nearby.
- Chicago, Illinois
Will's hometown of Chicago is featured heavily in Sense8 Season 2, from the UIC Police Station to his favorite place to grab a malt: Superdawg. But did you know one of the most memorable Netherlands scenes was actually shot in Chicago as well? That's right, Riley and Will's romantic nighttime visit to the ice pond wasn't shot in The Hague, but at Chicago's Sherman Park. That arched bridge is unmistakeable:
Nomi and Amanita also pay a visit to Chicago to see Professor Kolovi's lecture and quiz him about Homo Sensorium. These scenes were indeed filmed at the University of Chicago, both inside and outside.
- Gary, Indiana
The dilapidated church makes a return for Sense8 Season 2 when Riley attends a meeting with another Sensate. The decaying building is actually the City Methodist Church in the notorious town of Gary, Indiana.
- Chippenham, Cambridgshire, England
The impressive Chippenham Park Estate served as Whispers' hidden country home before he and his family flee via helicopter.
- London, England
Perhaps the most obvious location of all thanks to the multiple shots of the Palace of Westminster, the Sensates make their way to London in order to infiltrate the BPO headquarters and kidnap Whispers.
- Argyll, Scotland
The Old Man of Hoy doesn't live in any old home— that's a veritable castle! Ardkinglas is a massive estate located right next to Loch Fyne.
- The Hague & Amsterdam
Will and Riley hiding out in the Netherlands was quite the plot twist— they even fooled Whispers into thinking they were in Iceland all along. Little did he know that their hideout was positioned right in the midst of Amsterdam.
Will briefly comes out of hiding to travel to the Haag for his meeting with Jonas at Den Haag Centraal railway station. Jonas' flashback to meeting his father, however, was filmed in the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam.
After his meeting with Jonas, Will leaves The Hague to travel back to Amsterdam to visit the Rijksmuseum:
Riley also decides to put herself at risk in Amsterdam, playing a secret gig before escaping via the canal. This scene was filmed at Paradiso, a converted church that's now one of Amsterdam's most prominent music venues. And in case you were wondering, the hotel with the copper bathtub where Riley and Will stayed before the show is the Mayer Manor, part of the Private Mansions in Amsterdam.
Wolfgang continues to climb his way up the ladder of Berlin's underworld in Sense8 Season 2, showcasing many of the city's urban locations and iconic street art— like the vibrant elephant that silhouettes the football game scene. This piece can be found on Wilhelmstrasse in Kreuzberg, behind an apartment building.
In the Christmas Special, Wolfgang has a Sensate-style snowball fight with Kala at Monbijoupark on the Spree. His locksmith shop is actually located further along the river at Schlesische Strasse 39. And what better place to relax than the sauna at Stadtbad Neukölln?
Wolfgang and Felix also pay a trip to two of Berlin's most historic landmarks; exchanging Christmas presents outside the Konzerthaus Berlin and watching the New Years Eve fireworks at Brandenburg Gate from a nearby rooftop.
But that doesn't compare to the chaos of the Hohenzollerndamm, the main street lit up by countless fireworks set off by drunk revelers. Considering few Berliners would be keen to get amongst that legitimately dangerous mayhem, it's a true marker of Wolfgang's fearless persona!
As for that nightclub that Sebastian gives to Felix? That's actually SchwuZ in Neukölln, touted as Berlin's best gay club.
She may be facing quite the moral dilemma, but at least she can do it in one hell of a location! Kala and Rajan honeymoon at the exotic Villa San Giacomo at Positano Bay, which also gives Kala a chance to show off Riley' DJ skills at Music on the Rocks, a local beach venue. Oh, and you might notice a glimpse of a Positano highway when Riley visits Puck before he shoots off on his scooter, fruit in hand.
Many Sense8 fans were scratching their heads after hearing that Season 2 had filmed in Malta, despite the noticeable lack of Malese landmarks. That's because they actually utilized the famous Kalkara water tanks to shoot the swimming scene from the opening of the Christmas special. Is there anywhere they won't travel to?
What was your favorite location from Sense8 Season 2?