Did you know that classic films such as “Das Boot” or “The Neverending Story” were made in Munich? With huge studios, street sets and production offices, the Bavaria Filmstadt (Bavaria Film City) is its own small world, and can look back on a long tradition.
The south of Munich has been producing entertainment for almost 100 years – and not just for the big screen. Successful TV shows such as children’s quiz show “1, 2 oder 3” (“1,2 or 3”) and series such as “Die Rosenheim-Cops” (“The Rosenheim Cops”) or “Sturm der Liebe” (“Storm of Love”) were also born in this part of the city.
For anyone who wants to take a look behind the scenes, the Bavaria Filmstadt offers a guided tour and a 4D cinema experience. During the Filmstadt tour’s 90 minutes, the tour guides offer a glimpse into the bustling atmosphere of a production site with twelve studios, workshops, post-production studios, and stores of costumes and furniture.
They also regale visitors with tales about the filming of classic films and TV highlights at the site. Guests can enjoy a colourful programme with interactive stations and impressive decorations, including a set used for the film version of Michael Ende’s children’s book “Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer” (“Jim Button and Lucas the Engine Driver”).
From 2nd March 2019, a new attraction will open, namely the Filmstadt Atelier (“The Filmstadt Workshop”) - an interactive journey through 100 eventful years of film and TV. Using unique, previously unpublished archive material, the attraction to celebrate the anniversary of Bavaria Filmstadt depicts the history of the media centre and the company. In addition to photos, texts and cinematic impressions of films shot in Geiselgasteig, original props, scenery and costumes will be presented. Interactive offerings and augmented reality also allow visitors to get involved and immerse themselves in the world of professional film makers.
A further attraction is the 4D cinema experience, in which a 5-minute 3D computer-animated film is shown. The seats move in synchronisation with what is happening in the film and a number of special effects are also added, such as gusts of wind.
Visitors should allow around four hours to enjoy the full Filmstadt experience, complete with Bullyversum, 4D cinema and guided tour.
Good to know: Munich Card holders are entitled to a reduced admission fee. If one owns the Munich City Pass, the entrance is free of charge. No matter which card you choose, the public transport is included.