Netflix’s ‘Close to Home: Murder in the Coalfield’ (originally titled ‘Lauchhammer – Tod in der Lausitz’) is a German crime drama series that revolves around a mysterious murder case that forces the curious and competent Detective Maik Briegand to return to his hometown, where he grew up. Upon reaching there, he gets help from the LKA investigator Annalena Gottknecht and starts working on the case, trying to get to the bottom of the truth.
However, apart from dredging up clues and bodies related to the case, Maik must also face his past traumas and get over them. Featuring stellar onscreen performances from Mišel Matičević, Odine Johne, Marc Hosemann, and Ella Lee, the mystery show unfolds in the small town of Lauchhammer, with several eerie sites across the town serving as the backdrop for the gory crime scenes. Thus, if you are eager to know about the filming locations of ‘Close to Home: Murder in the Coalfield,’ we have you covered!
Close to Home: Murder in the Coalfield Filming Locations
‘Close to Home: Murder in the Coalfield’ is filmed entirely in Germany, particularly in the Berlin/Brandenburg metropolitan region and Saxony. As per reports, the principal photography for the inaugural iteration commenced in July 2021 and wrapped up in early November of the same year. Now, without much ado, let us navigate all the specific sites that feature in the Netflix series!
Berlin/Brandenburg Metropolitan Region, Germany
Most of ‘Close to Home: Murder in the Coalfield’ is lensed in the Berlin/Brandenburg metropolitan region, with the filming unit setting up camp at different streets and neighborhoods. Reportedly, Berlin and Brandenburg are two primary shooting locations for the crime drama series. To keep things as authentic as possible, the production team mainly utilizes the locales of Lauchhammer in Brandenburg, where most of the story is based.
A former school and the local art foundry in the town feature in several key scenes. Moreover, the cast and crew were spotted recording various important portions of the debut season in and around Lichterfelde, Berlin, and Lausitz in Bad Liebenwerda. Over the years, the metropolitan region has hosted the production of many film and TV projects. So, besides ‘Close to Home: Murder in the Coalfield,’ you can spot its locales in ‘The Lives of Others,’ ‘The Bourne Supremacy,’ ‘The Ghost Writer,’ and ‘Babylon Berlin.’
Additional portions of ‘Close to Home: Murder in the Coalfield’ are taped in the German state of Saxony, which borders Brandenburg. The team reportedly sets up camp in the small towns of Lauta and Hoyerswerda in the Bautzen district and the town of Schwarzkollm.