(photo credit Alexander Z.)
Founded in 1919, Bavaria Film is one of Europe's biggest film production companies, and its vast 356,000m2 location in Geiselgasteig in the southern district of Grünwald has been home to some of the industry's biggest names producing films.
This is where Alfred Hitchcock shot his first film, The Pleasure Garden. Stanley Kubrick (Paths of Glory), Orson Welles (The Deep) and Oliver Stone (The Snowdon Files) are just some other world famous directors who have produced work at the Bavaria Film Studios. The German versions of Monty Python's Flying Circus were also recorded here, and Munich's strong presence as a location for TV crime thrillers (as opposed to its real image as a safe city) is due to the location of the studios.
The Bavaria Film Studios tour is a popular attraction for all the family, including watching real live filming and walking through some famous sets. As the official website describes it:
"The Bavaria Filmstadt – Home of your movie stars. Walk through one of Europe’s biggest film-making facilities with (its) daily shootings. Experience the development of popular cinema- and TV-highlights and become part of a fascinating world of almost unlimited possibilities.
"Be taken away by spectacular film-making techniques and gain behind the scenes insights of real adventure movies. Travel through exciting decades of German and international film history.
Experience the Filmstadt’s diversity at a convenient all-inclusive price. That means a 90 minutes guided tour with exciting background information and breathtaking moments in the 4D motion simulation cinema. A friendly Filmstadt Tourguide leads you from set to set and provides you with all the important information about the highlights of the German and international world of acting. A variety of interactive movie sets and a funny as well as informative adventureworld – the Bullyversum – is also included in the Filmstadt Complete offer. Enjoy your special day on the set. Your advantage: everything at an all-inclusive price!"
Ticket prices are for Filmstadt Complete (27.50 for adults, 21.50 for kids aged 7-17, family ticket available only on Sunday 42 euro), which includes the guided tour, Bullyversum, and 4D motion cinema, although these can all be bought separately much cheaper. See the price list here.
March 28 - November 8, 2015 - 09:00 - 18:00, with last entrance for Filmstadt Complete at 14:30, for the guided tour at 16:30
November 9 - March 18, 2016 - 10:00 - 17:00, with last entrance for Filmstadt Complete at 13:00, for the guided tour at 15:30
The studios are open 363 days a year, only closing on December 24 and 25.
To reach it by public transport, take tram 25 to Grünwald, exit at Bavariafilmplatz. From there it’s a 10minute walk.
Bavaria Film GmbH
82031 Geiselgasteig in Munich
Phone: +49 89 6499-2000
Fax: +49 89 6499-3152