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The following is a revised travel guide intended for those tourists who are up-to-date on all the latest happenings in Westeros (read: people who’ve watched seasons one through four of Game of Thrones, or have read the books at least through A Storm of Swords). If you’ve been living under a rock, we recommend you get caught up before reading, lest your experience be spoiled.




So you’re thinking of visiting Westeros. You should know up front that any visit to The Seven Kingdoms comes with a reasonably high chance of being abducted, stabbed, beheaded or otherwise maimed and mortally wounded. With that general caveat out of the way, some places are still worse than others. Everywhere you look are fine examples of masonry or breathtaking vistas, but even some of the places that offer fine examples of both are just generally not places that the average traveler should visit. So, for your consideration, we present nine places you should absolutely not plan to visit during your stay in Westeros.




Here are the 9 worst destinations in Westeros



9. Winterfell


The north wasn’t exactly a tourism hotspot before Winterfell was reduced to a pile of ashes, and it certainly hasn’t gotten any more hospitable in the mean time. There are those people who romanticize the stoic beauty of the northern reaches of Winterfell, but as even an amateur meteorologist can tell you, Winter Is Coming, and it’s only going to get colder. Plus, noted sociopath Ramsay Bolton (née Snow) was just given control of the former Stark stronghold, making the chances that you’ll be randomly assassinated or tortured during a visit there even higher than usual.



8. The Iron Islands


People from the Iron Islands, known as the Ironborn, are always going around pillaging and slaughtering the innocent. Sounds pleasant, right? Plus, they make you pay for everything using the iron price, and the conversion rates on standard currency are not very favorable. If you’re in the mood for seafood or just want an excuse to sail on a ship, we’d recommend Dorne. Even Dragonstone would be a better place to spend some days relaxing by the sea than these islands.



7. King’s Landing


Two words about King’s Landing: tourist trap. Four more words: smells like a sewer. Seriously. Unless you’re planning on taking The Iron Throne for yourself, or you’re the actual king or queen, there is absolutely no reason to visit King’s Landing. They’ve got better castles in Highgarden or Casterly Rock, plus you’re a hell of a lot less likely to die and/or get wrapped up in someone’s devious political machinations. If you do find yourself in King’s Landing, remember that when you play the Game of Thrones you either win or you die. And historically speaking you’re way more likely to wind up doing the second one.



6. Dreadfort


Why anyone who hasn’t been taken into captivity or whose last name isn’t Bolton would ever go to the Dreadfort is, frankly, beyond me. And it should be beyond you as well. There is an actual flag flying over the keep whose symbol is known as “the flayed man.” Quaint.



5. Castle Black


We get it. You want to see the Wall. Perhaps you even want to throw something over or spit off the side of it. It’s a perfectly normal human impulse. But Castle Black is the wrong place to fulfill this aspiration. It’s full of sexually-frustrated, freezing-cold ex convicts who wear all black, all the time. And recently, it has come under the stewardship of the poutiest boy in all the land, one Jon Snow. So if the smell and the company you’re in don’t bring you down, his constant, unmitigated whining ought to. If you go to Eastwatch by the Sea at least you get an ocean view.



4. Harrenhal


Haunted as hell and routinely the site of large-scale human suffering, like that time all of its inhabitants were burned alive by a dragon. Skip it.



3. Literally Anywhere North of the Wall


It does not matter where. The Fist of the First Men, Craster’s Keep, a Wildling camp; everywhere you go north of The Wall you’re just a moment away from getting killed by a frozen zombie or attacked by birds. If you’re just trying to prove you’re comfortable roughing it, might we recommend a night’s stay in the sky cells at The Eyrie?



2. Castamere


Okay so full disclosure, none of us have actually been to Castamere. But we’ve heard it’s full of cats and it rains all the time there. No thanks.



1. A Wedding


One does not simply attend a Westerosi wedding. It’s as dangerous as any battlefield and worse, as at least on a battlefield you can see your enemies coming. Time to tell second-cousin Brent that you’ll be out of town on his special day.


















Your Thoughts


  1. What’s the one place in Westeros, or in the Game of Thrones world more generally, that you would want to visit, and why?
  2. Have you visited anywhere on earth that made you feel as if you had stepped into a dangerous and unknowable realm of fantasy?
  3. Have you ever actually been so duped by a hyperbolic travel guide that you had thoughts of suing the publisher?
  4. Has any tourist location you’ve ever visited made you feel your life is actually in danger?













So you’re thinking of visiting Westeros. You should know up front that any visit to The Seven Kingdoms comes with a reasonably high chance of being abducted, stabbed, beheaded or otherwise maimed and mortally wounded. With that general caveat out of the way, some places are still worse than others. Everywhere you look are fine examples of masonry or breathtaking vistas, but even some of the places that offer fine examples of both are just generally not places that the average traveler should visit. So, for your consideration, we present nine places you should absolutely not plan to visit during your stay in Westeros.

Author: eawood
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temus Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2018
a destination that should been mentioned are the ruins of the old valyria, because the risk of get a dangerous illnes like the greyscale is something that could reduce the value of a turistical place....

and if you seen the ending of the 7° season, westeros is less good destination than before.
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fhelalr Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2017   Digital Artist
Cool! Wonderful ideas!
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Xones Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2017
This collection made its point, I'm convinced.
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ZanarNaryon Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Guys, they asked for locations in Westeros, not Essos, Soythorios or Ulthos. Westeros
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ZanarNaryon Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Fun fact, while the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros was actually seven, the North, the Rock, the Mountains and Vale, the Reach, the Stormlands, Dorne and the Islands and Rivers, after the Targaryen dynasty, it has split into 9;

The North under Jon of House Stark
The Westerlands formerly under Tywin Lannister, now under Queen Cersei of the Andals
The Vale of Arryn under Lord Robin Arryn
The Iron Islands, disputed by Euron Greyjoy and Yara Greyjoy
The Reach under Olenna Tyrell
The Stormlands, no ruler, under Queen Cersei of the Andals
Dorne under the Sand Snakes
The Riverlands formerly under Walder Frey, now probably under some other Walder
The Crownlands, under Queen Cersei of the Andals
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IvanRostoff Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015
Are there any Good places in Westeros?
  They all seem kinda rapey, killey, disease ridden, Gods are angry, now you die kind of places.
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ZanarNaryon Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, Oldtown and Braavos seems like the closest things to civilisation we can get. As long as you don't get on bad terms with the Faceless Men, that is
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Sinspiration Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015
Steer*
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armadylgs Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015
Where in this list is Moat Caitlin?  Surrounding wastelands of Qarth?  Vaes Dothrak?  Dothraki Sea? Mole's Town?
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eawood Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015
Well, Vaes Dothrak and the Dothraki Sea are both in Essos, so that excludes those two (although I actually kind of think Vaes Dothrak seems charming, plus I love riding horsies!). I think you could make a pretty strong case for both Moat Cailin and Mole's Town, but then again, you could make a case for pretty much everywhere in Westeros if you really wanted to. Except maybe Dorne.
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AnwarRental Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
perfectly amazing
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World-Hero21 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I lost it at "3. Literally Anywhere North of the Wall." :lmao:
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Frappe7 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015
Watching game of thrones, it's become one of the few fantasy worlds I would not wish to visit. I probably die the instant I set foot anywhere, probably get shot by some random arrow or get eaten by crows(the birds)

Highgarden seems like a pretty place, but I'd rather not risk it. Also, weddings are a no-no. Hahaha, we all know why it's top one.
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Ach11es Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Student Photographer
the White Walkers are definitely the worst characters
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Tyrannuss555 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Everywhere in Westeros is unpleasant, the only place I would live in would be the summer islands
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ZanarNaryon Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Not in Westeros. I'd prefer some nowhere in the North (less chance of a horrible Death, I'm Norwegian, used to the Cold) or Oldtown. Warm, civilized, and chance of a Bright future
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jricht Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015
First of all, and I feel this bears mentioning once: "There Are No Children in Asshai"

1) The biggest one on my list is the Free City of Braavos
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ZanarNaryon Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Not Westeros
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DasKatzi Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015
Places to visit:
In Essos I would go to Braavos. They don't have slaves (which is nice), and I would love to see that Titan.
In Westeros the Eyrie (as long as I am not a prisoner and Lysa Arryn isn't there), and Oldtown. If I'd live in Westeros I would probably become a maester. You don't need to be highborn, get education and it seems a rather safe job as long as you're not in King's Landing or on the Iron Isles.
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MenteDeDios Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Who wouldn't want to go to Braavos?

And the most dangerous place I've visited in the real world would have to be Tijuana or Bogota.
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Wolflich Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't see what's so bad about cats and rain...
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y2jenn Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015   General Artist
The last 'destination' cracked me up. I honestly can't think of a place in Westeros that I'd want to visit. It all seems not so good for one's health in one way or another. I don't think I've ever been had by a travel guide or visited any place where I felt my life was in danger. Any danger I've ever been in certainly had nothing to do with the area, and everything to do with my poor judgement.

There is some seriously fabulous art featured here. I really like seeing more than one piece for some of the locations. It's neat seeing the different interpretations.
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damphyr Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015
This article is so great. :XD:

I totally want to visit Highgarden, though I'm waiting for something to happen there to turn it into a living hell, too ;p And while I feel this article is entirely unfair to Jon Snow, (Grrrrrr), I cannot stand the cold, so I'd not be able to visit him at Castle Black. ...maybe the book events will bring him to a more hospitable and convenient climate!

I actually got lost inside the underground, unlit chambers of an Irish castle once. We were visiting and a friend and I sneaked in alone, got separated and wandered in pitch dark for what felt like forever. I got out first and he found his way out a few minutes later, but it felt like we were down there for hours.
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godofodd Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015
You tell me not to visit these places, then you show me all this amazing art that makes me want to go. I'm getting mixed messages.
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CommanderParagon Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
1. I would love to see Highgarden. If Margeary Tyrell was there. Because Natalie Dormer.  
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Heidi Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015
Cunning, ambitious, and (some) compassion = great character.  ;)

Margaery Tyrell by dustsplat
"Margaery Tyrell" by dustsplat

~Heidi
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01-10010-1011 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015
man the ending...or should I say the punchline? 
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VinDrag Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
such a cool article!
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johncarlo013 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015
i found more here libreclip.tk
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BugzAttack Featured By Owner Edited Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
As for #1. I would want to go to the summer isles. They aren't involved in any of this "War of the Five Kings" nonsense, and the locals seem pretty nice. 
...Braavos might be kinda cool to visit too though. 

Edit: I just realized you asked for places in Westeros, not the verse itself XD. In that case ...um...
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ZanarNaryon Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oldtown
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BugzAttack Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Old town works! The Vale too maybe. 
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ZanarNaryon Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Meh. Tribes, Lysa and occasional rain of dead people
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BugzAttack Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Good point. 
"It's raining men! Hallelujah!" =P (Razz) 
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BugzAttack Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
More reasons never to marry...
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ReyRay Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hilarious! Yeah, I'm pretty sure there is no "best" destination in Westeros. It's pretty much unsavory all the way through. :XD:
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badmfmike Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015
I would only venture to GoT lands to visit Daenerys Targaryen's crotch, and with so many people trying to get there, I figure it not too safe.

For Erie places with an evil feel, travel to any Louisiana swamp about dusk. The moss hanging in the trees and the ever present alligator-fear makes your skin crawl.
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7H3P1R473 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015
Really nice piece of work. I took the liberty to make an adaptation of it (translation and improvement to pt-br). The result: wp.me/p5gq2U-Qm.
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DaemonAngel Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Is there actually any good (non-potentially-fatal) places worth visiting in Westeros? lol :D
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LordFhalkyn Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The Iron Bank?
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dA-ShadowRanger-dA Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015
Which isn't in Westeros. Your best bet might be Dorne.
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LordFhalkyn Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, right. I forgot the Iron Bank was in the Free City.
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sketchditto Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Professional General Artist
Great article! I would put the Twins as number 10...all those Freys...ugh!
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Reddenjedi Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Professional General Artist
This is sweet nice work
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Grishhak Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
1. Actually none of the places in Westeros sounds promising. It is propably the only fantasy I read WITHOUT wishing to be somewhere because of the view... I mean, every nice place gets burned down or mutilated in some other gruesome way in the first four chapters after being mentioned! But what I would really like to attend is a feast, but I'm a foodie and I would take the risk for what Martin describes in some of the chapters XD

2. Without the danger: Guilin in south China. Propably the most beautiful (and somehow unreal and fantasylike) place I've ever seen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guilin

With the (felt, but not real) danger: I'm from Germany and I live in en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odenwald (You can see castle Frankenstein from my window; The next region is actually called "überwald") We have tons of mythtical places and quite some serious ghoststories. As a child, our historyteacher must have told us all of them and I spend some nights out in summer in the woods and I just know I heard the various ghosts. I love it :)

3. I don't travel with written guides. For me, running aimlessly through the geography is actually part of a great vacation. 

4. Not as such, but I went to china twice and everytime I was abandoned by my guide.

To explain this: My guide is a very close friend of mine I know from university. She's from China and she studied tourism there. (Now we're musicians). One summer we decided ad hoc to spend our vacation together in China. I don't speak a word Mandarin (appart from ni hao and ni hao ma? XD) and was completely dependant on her. One week was great with her lovely family. In the secound (above mentioned trip to guilin) week she fell very ill and went home to her parents. I stayed and completed the trip and came to bejing (third week) being completely lost. 
The secound time the same friend organized my honeymoon. We went to hainan (the big southern island, climate like Hawaii, but nearly no people, cheaper and our hotel had a private beach.) We got there by plane (airport in the north), then by train (200km to the south) she wrote down our flights:

xxxxxx 12:40 to Hainan blabla Yuan (getting there)
xxxxxx 19:30 to Bejing blablabla Yuan (getting back)

We thought that meant the flight back would be at the same airport...............................
My husband sat down on the flor with his face in his hands once he realized we where 200km away from our flight because it WASN't from the same airport..............

I was by now used to being lost in China, but for my husband, that was pure horror. XD
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buosocomes Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015
1.) Old Valyria would be great, but with the smoking sea around, I think that's out of the question (unless your name is Euron ^^ )
2.)  The Hartmannsweilerkopf memorial site in France. It's located in Alsatia, where in WWI the frontline used to be. Today, it's a beautifull valley, with trees and plants and even wildlife, but there are still remnants of the trenches to be seen. It is possible to walk through them, and that made me very uncomfortable. The whole place has a kinda eerie feeling to it, even if you can't see a bunker or something. It reminded me of my visit of Dachau when I was still in school (every german history class takes a visit to a concentration camp site at least once in order to commemorate the victims of the nazi regime)
3.) Can't say, for I do not read many travel guides
4.) Nope
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SculptedCreations Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
1. Possibly Bravos, I love the idea of a city on water and it seems to have all sorts of places to see and people to meet. 
2. Not really dangerous places, from what I can remember, but I've seen a lot of fantastical places before, from near my own backyard to across the country. 
3. No 
4. No, thankfully, though my family did get yelled at and called names one time on our road trip across the country. I didn't hear what they said, but my parents did, and I think it made them watchful. :giggle:
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APoorLittleDuck Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015
Don't Know why but I would like to go to Castamere, just chilling around with cats.
Good time.
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itsjekko Featured By Owner Edited Mar 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
1; Qarth, the weather and economy looks great.
2; Nope.
3; Fortunately no.
4; Eh, probably on the road to Imo State in Nigeria. The lawless driving and badly maintained roads were terrifying.

Loved the article btw, well written, had me chuckling. The destination related ones are the best and the art collection is amazing.
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megasean3000 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Student Digital Artist
What about The Twins? You have to go there either to die or get extorted out of your money, children or the task of squiring one of Walder Fray's children!

Or the Eyrie, not only is it a pain in the ass to get to, having to travel through enclosed mountains that one false move could see you falling down, but also there's thousands of places one could get thrown off of, like the Moon Door or one of the prisons...Not to mention it's mostly a nursery to the bratty Robert (or Robin if you watch the tv show), so there's very little to do there and very dangerous to go and stay in =P
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