Anime vs Real Life

Anime vs. Real Life – “Izetta: The Last Witch”

The real-world locations of Izetta: The Last Witch

 *This’s week’s article is a mix of my own photos, and images I took via Google Street View. To avoid confusion, I’ll mark every image individually. Mine with ‘WD’, and the other ones with ‘GSV’



Eylstadt’s capital is Landsbruck, whose real-world counterpart is Innsbruck. The city’s name is composed of the Inn River and the German word for bridge (Brücke). Innsbruck is also the capital of Tyrol, one of Austria’s nine federal states. The city has a total population of 130,000 people, making it Austria’s fifth largest city. The range of mountains in the background is called the Nordkette (North chain), and its highest summit is 2,637 m (8,652 feet) tall. I took this picture atop the Bergiselschanze, a ski jumping hill stadium in the south of Innsbruck. If you didn’t know already, it’s all about winter sports here in Austria.


A little tidbit on the side, which might also be part of the decision why Innsbruck was chosen as the show’s main setting: The first proper witch trial in history actually took place in Innsbruck. In 1485, German churchman and inquisitor Heinrich Kramer (who later latinized his name to Henricus Institor) accused seven women of witchcraft, and brought them to trial. However, the trial was unsuccessful due to protests of the local bishop, and Kramer was expelled from the town. This prompted Kramer to publish the 700-page-long Hexenhammer (Malleus Maleficarum in Latin) three years later. The title translates to Hammer of Witches and soon became the most important treatise on how to identify and convict witches. The tenth episode of Izetta is called “The Iron Hammer of the Witch,” so there is reason to suspect that the creators of Izetta are aware of this story. On the other hand, I was not able to find any Austrian fairytale similar to Izetta’s legend of the Weiße Hexe.




I was a bit irritated in the first episode, as this was supposed to be the sign of a hotel in Zürich in the anime. However, that’s clearly the Tyrolean Eagle, and I also found this hotel in Innsbruck. There are actually a lot of hotels called Roter Adler (Red Eagle) here in Austria, but the sign is almost identical to the one in the anime, as well as the date on the sign. It was said in the anime that the owner of the hotel in Switzerland was born in Eylstadt, so that might have been the reason why this particular design was chosen. It’s also a possibility that whoever had to get the reference material for the show stayed there during his or her visit in Innsbruck, and just happened to like the sign.




This one is a bit of stretch, but hear me out. Finé’s royal palace does not exist in the real world, at least not in Innsbruck. But if you look closely at the first image of this article, you clearly see where the anime’s palace is located along the Inn River, and that’s exactly the spot where Innsbruck’s Hofburg (Imperial Palace) is located, which belonged to the House of Habsburg. While the two palaces look nothing alike, the anime at least seems to draw some influence from the Hofburg, as well as the Cathedral of St. James (Innsbruck Cathedral), which is located right next to it. Like in the anime, both buildings were heavily damaged during The Second World War – but that’s enough speculation for now.








They called it a Kirschkuchen (cherry pie) in the anime, but that was definitely a Linzer Torte they showed in episode six, which is listed as a cultural property in Austria.




The German used in Izetta was actually surprisingly good, and there were only a few mistakes. But then there was that one song at the end of the third episode, which I just want to erase from my memory.




In the first episode Finé traveled to Zürich, which is called Albringen in the show, to meet up with Britannia’s Lord Redford to negotiate a deal between the two countries. There they secretly meet up in the Zürich Opera House, which opened in 1891.




The opera that played during that scene was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s The Magic Flute.




This building was shown in the eleventh episode, and is also supposed to be in Zürich. However, there is not even a remotely similar-looking building like this in Zürich. So instead, my best guess would be the Federal Palace of Switzerland, located in the country’s capital Bern. The color, the columns in the front and the protruded dome atop the building look extremely similar.




That’s supposed to be Germania’s headquarters at the Ruden Lake, which is Lake Constance in real life. It’s central Europe’s third largest lake, and borders Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. The shot above shows the famous harbor entrance of Lindau, in Germany. Atop of the socket is a beautiful sculpture of the Bavarian Lion, and it’s a shame they did not animate that one. The building in the back is the hotel Bayerischer Hof.




The 20 meters high Mangturm Tower served as a lookout before the city’s lighthouse was built in 1856.



CC by Bundesarchiv, Bild 146III-373 and Bild 146-1986-029-02


There was also a shot showing Berlin, which was called Neu-Berlin in the anime. The specific shot actually showed Hitler’s vision of Berlin. The project was called World Capital Germania, but was never realized. The anime shows the Brandenburg Gate in front and the planned Great Hall in the back.


Country of Nord


Google Maps


In the seventh episode, Izetta and Finé travel north to the Country of Nord, or you know, just Norway. There Izetta has to sink the new but unfinished Germanian aircraft carrier, Drachenfels (Dragonrock), which seems to have been based of the German aircraft carrier Graf Zeppelin, which was also never completed. In the anime, the carrier was hiding in a valley in the Sognefjord, Norway’s largest fjord.






This brings us to London, but I don’t think these landmarks need any explanation. The two images of course show the Palace of Westminster, also known as the Houses of Parliament. The image above shows the Elizabeth Tower, commonly called Big Ben, which is actually just the name of the bell located inside the clock tower.





This is the iconic Tower Bridge, and located to the left is the Tower of London, my personal highlight from London.




This last image shows St. Paul’s Cathedral.

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