Film Locations Across Europe

July 29, 2019

Europe is a hub for popular film locations that cover a range of genres from comedy, romance and horror and our affordable ferries to Europe make it simple to check them off your list one by one. From to The Moulin Rouge to James Bond, we’ve put together a run-down of the most spectacular film locations in Europe. Whether you are planning a visit to Germany, Holland or France, make sure you include these sensational film locations on your travel itinerary.




Germany is home to a huge number of familiar movie scenes from recent blockbuster hits to old classics, but there are a few film locations that may be a surprise even to film buffs. First off, we have The Bourne Identity and Mission Impossible 3 that were both shot in Berlin, providing an iconic backdrop for the action films.


Germany’s gothic architecture and ominous monuments make it the perfect backdrop for movies in the classic horror genre so it’s no surprise that many scary scenes have been captured here. Hidden in the depths of Lübeck is where you will find many of the silent horror flick Nosferatu’s iconic film locations.


Now for some of the smaller cameos. You might be surprised to know that the 1968 classic, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was filmed in Bavaria (the iconic car is seen soaring over the famous Neuschwanstein Castle that is home to Mad King Ludwig of Bavaria in the film). Avid film buffs will have recognised the Tempelhof Airport as the location for many of the scenes in the final film in The Hunger Games series.




Holland may not be the first place that comes to mind for cinephiles, but with its charming streets and colourful scenery, it’s no surprise that film makers focus on Holland or more specifically its capital Amsterdam. The ultimate film location for Ocean’s Twelve fans is undoubtedly the heart of the city where the actors stay at the Pulitzer Hotel and many scenes are situated in the area of the city called the Nine Streets. Romance lovers will adore the picturesque canals that set the scene for the bond between Hazel and Augustus in The Fault in our Stars and The Royal Palace of Amsterdam on Dam Square and many other parts of the city can be spotted in the 2003 film Girl With a Pearl Earring. Hardcore Bond fans will also be able to pinpoint Amsterdam as a film location in the 1971 cult classic Diamonds Are Forever. These are the high budget films that many a local will be able to roll off their tongue but there are, in fact, a total of 41 feature length films (including one of the most watched Dutch films of all time Turkish Delight) that show off the wonderful city of Amsterdam to the full.




Even if you haven’t visited Paris for yourself, you will have no doubt seen the Eiffel Tower in all its glory shining down at you from the silver screen. During your trip to the capital, tick off a few of the most famous film locations one by one. Have a coffee in the actual café (Cafe des Deux Moulins) that the movie character Amélie worked in, enjoy a tipple in the underground Jazz bar (Le Caveau de la Huchette) that sets the scene for the chemistry between Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in La La Land and take a walk on the Pont Bir Hakeim bridge famously featured in the movie Inception. A must-see for any film fan, who can forget the Moulin Rouge that provided the perfect backdrop for Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor’s love scenes? Fun fact, Paris also has small cameos in the Da Vinci Code and the Devil Wears Prada.


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