And action! Not only a popular destination for tourists, but also for filmmakers: We show you the most beautiful film locations in Austria.
Mission Impossible film location Austria: Vienna State Opera
In the fifth part of the agent film series "Mission Impossible", leading actor Tom Cruise also hunts criminals through Vienna as Ethan Hunt. Spectacular action scenes take mainly place at the Vienna State Opera. While Puccini's opera Turandot is performed on stage, Tom Cruise sneaks through the corridors and then abseils down from the roof of the State Opera. The secret agent and his colleague actually want to save the Austrian chancellor, but they don't succeed.
The Sound of Music film location Austria: Upper Austria & Salzburg
Admittedly, in Austria almost nobody knows the five-time Oscar-winning musical film "The Sound of Music" (German: "Meine Lieder - Meine Träume") with Julie Andrews in the leading role. The film was released in the United States in 1965 and was first broadcast on ORF ("Austrian Broadcasting Corporation") 35 years later. Many of the film locations of The Sound of Music are actually located in Salzburg and Upper Austria. One of the most famous scenes, in which the novice Maria and the children dance in a park and sing the song Do-Re-Mi, was shot in the Mirabellgarten in Salzburg.
Nonnberg Abbey also finds its place in the film when the children come to the gate to ask for Maria. The imposing "Felsenreitschule", which today serves as the venue for the Salzburg Festival ("Salzburger Festspiele"), can also be seen in the film: Here the Trapp family took part in a singing competition and sang the songs Do-Re-Mi, Edelweiss and So Long, Farewell. The scenes, which were filmed in Upper Austria, played among others in Mondsee and on the Schafberg.
There are daily tours from Salzburg that take you to the original film locations and through the city and region. Would you like to learn more about Salzburg? Click here to read more!
Inspector Rex film location Austria: Vienna & Vienna Region
The popular crime series with the four-legged Rex, whose full name is Reginald von Ravenhorst, was produced in Austria from 1994 to 2004. In 18 seasons and a total of 214 episodes, the shepherd dog hunts down criminals and helps the commissioners again and again with his fine nose. The most famous film locations in Vienna included the Natural History Museum, the Vienna City Park, the UNO City, the Favoriten Water Tower, the Secession and the Haas House. Many other scenes were also filmed in the area around Vienna, including the vineyards in the south and the Bisamberg in the northeast.
"Inspector Rex" is not just a popular TV show in Austria, but also internationally known. The skilful police dog conquered the hearts of his fans in more than 107 countries, reaching more than ten million viewers per show, and has received several awards.
James Bond film location Austria: Tyrol & Vorarlberg
"Bond. James Bond." This secret agent has also hunted down villains and criminals in Austria several times. In "A Quantum Solace" the sixth James Bond actor Daniel Craig pursues his opponents during a production on the Lake Stage Bregenz ("Seebühne Bregenz"). In spring 2008, the James Bond crew stayed in Vorarlberg for almost two weeks to shoot seven and a half minutes of the film. Daniel Craig returned to Austria a few years later for the 24th film of the agent film series. Action-packed scenes of " Spectre" were shot in the Tyrolean Ötztal and at the Lake Alttaussee in Obertilliach.
Vienna-born Christoph Waltz was also present as Bond's arch-enemy Ernst Stavro Blofeld. By the way, the actor will also appear as an adversary in the latest James Bond. We are curious to see what he is up to!
Immerse yourself in the adventurous and dangerous world of James Bond and visit the "Erlebniswelt 007 Elements" in Sölden. The installation mainly focuses on the scenes from Spectre, which were shot in Sölden.
The Pillars of the Earth film location Austria: Votivkirche Vienna
The medieval bestseller "The Pillars of the Earth" by the Welsh author Ken Follett about the construction of a mighty cathedral was filmed by an international cooperation, including Austria. The Votivkirche in Vienna was chosen for the coronation scene, although the ceremony actually took place in London's Westminster Abbey. The two churches are very similar in their arquitecture and for practical reasons, during the shooting, the Votivkirche was chosen. The director conceded that elements of the church, which were different in the world of the 12th century, were later digitally exchanged.
Point Break film location Austria: Carinthia
The film adaption of Johnny Utah's life in "Point Break" was shot to a large extent in the United States, Italy and Germany, but there are also some scenes in Austria. The young FBI agent is embodied by Luke Bracey. In the film he infiltrates a team of extreme sportsmen and women suspected of having committed several attacks on companies. Some scenes were shot in the Mölltal as well as in the "Steinhaus" (stone house) at Lake Ossiach.
Season of the Witch film location Austria: From Salzburg to Lower Austria
Another Hollywood movie was partly shot in beautiful Austria: In the leading roles of the scary medieval film "Season of the Witch" Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman accompany the supposed witch Anne, played by Claire Foy. They fight their way through swamps, moorlands and mystical forests, which were recorded in the Seewaldsee nature reserve in Salzburg, in the "Totes Gebirge" in Styria and at the Traunsee in Upper Austria. Even Kreuzenstein Castle near Klosterneuburg in Lower Austria is featured in the fairytale action film.
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