Season 4 of Netflix's "Stranger Things" has wrapped in Vilnius, Lithuania. Preparations for the production started last November and filming ended on February 14.
The crew, along with some of the actors, have been busy filming episodes for the upcoming season, which still has no official release date. The show was filmed at the century-old former Lukiškes Prison and other locations in Lithuania.The prison, which was built and began holding inmates in the early 1900s, ceased operations last year. During the tumultuous 20th century in Vilnius, interchanging regimes—including Imperial Russia, the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany and finally, independent Lithuania—all used the structure as a prison.
Vilnius is becoming an increasingly popular shooting destination among filmmakers globally. Other hit shows like HBO’s "Chernobyl" and Netflix’s "Young Wallander" and "Tokyo Trial" were also shot in Vilnius in recent years.
Recently, the Lithuania capital launched a new campaign that mocks its own obscurity among travel destinations globally. The campaign is called “Vilnius: Amazing Wherever You Think It Is.”
A website titled "Where is Vilnius?" will ask visitors to guess where Vilnius is for a chance of winning a trip to the city while being informed of myriad reasons why Vilnius is amazing. The city seems to be immersed in a forest, thanks to its parks, tree-lined streets and actual forests surrounding it. It’s a walkable city—locals and tourists usually reach all their central destinations on foot. Those who like to fly won’t be disappointed either—in Vilnius, you can fly over the city center in a hot air balloon. Vilnius is also diverse in its architecture and neighborhoods.
According to the director of Go Vilnius, Inga Romanovskienė, the idea was to turn the city’s disadvantage of being a lesser-known European capital into an entertaining, fun campaign, in which Vilnius laughs at its obscurity.