We all know that Munich is a beautiful city, but what’s less known is its role as a filming location in several well-known films! While German/European filming in Munich is common, Hollywood productions are a lot rarer….
That said, there are still quite a few movies that most people have no idea filmed here! Here are three of our favourites:
1. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
No, not the creepy one with Johnny Depp, but the whimsical (yet still quite creepy) original starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. It’s not commonly known, but much of this film was actually shot in Munich, including the chocolate factory gates/entrance which can be found at Emmy-Noether-Straße, and Bill’s Candy Shop, which was on Lilienstraße. You can see more locations here.
PS: Fun fact, the kid who played Augustus Gloop was from Munich. Today, he’s an accountant.
2. The Three Muskateers (2011)
The 2011 production of the Three Muskateers made use of Munich as a filming location as well. Where exactly? Well, the iconic Antiquarium at the Residenz stands in as “Da Vinci’s Vault”, as you can see in the clip below. The film was shot almost exclusively in Bavaria, so you’ll also recognize sights close to Munich, including the famous Hall of Mirrors at the Herrenchiemsee Palace, and Schleissheim Palace.
3. Snowden (2016)
While no parts of this 2016 film take place in Munich, several Munich spots were nonetheless used as filming locations, including inside the Olympic Stadium (which stood in as the NSA headquarters), and sets built into an old post office and bicycle shop near Lehel. In one scene, you can clearly see Odeonsplatz in the background as Snowden is riding down Leopoldstrasse on his motorbike. Sets were also built and used at Bavaria Film Studios.
You can catch a (quick) glimpse of Munich during Snowden’s motorbike ride in this trailer:
Wait – what about Munich (2005)?
Last but not least, you might notice that the 2005 film Munich didn’t make our list. That’s because despite the story taking place in Munich, no filming actually occurred here! Instead, “Munich” is recreated in various locations in Malta and Hungary.